The Cuphead Outrage – Another Gaming Uprising
Perhaps not many of you are avid gamers, or gamers at all, and you may not have heard of the recent backlash that game journalism has received over new and old issues.
Let us start from the beginning; What happened?
Basically, a few days ago, a game called Cuphead was released. It inserts itself in the old-school tradition of side-scrolling “run ‘n’ gun” games, combined with a novel art style directly inspired by 1930’s Disney cartoons. Nothing too exceptional so far.
However, a game journalist, Dean Takahashi, was able to access a preview of the game during a public event, and footage recorded by him playing the game has emerged. And it is simply embarassing. The guy, supposedly a game reviewer for 25 years takes 90 seconds to overcome a basic obstacle – during the tutorial, with instructions written in capital letters. In fact, even a 4-year-old child demonstrated that they would do better.
As this footage emerged, the guy was mocked by the entirety of the gaming community, as his evident ineptitude sparked debates about whether he was fit at all to operate in this field. Some videos alluded at him having less than human intelligence, not even entirely ironically.
After this, someone dug deeper into his history and found out that the guy has a history of complaining about games’ “difficulty” (it was the case even regarding Cuphead), and in general demonstrating not even basic levels of competence.
But what made me decide to write about this, was the almost coordinated reaction that game journalists organised. Takahashi defended the video, claiming it was just “funny” and that he is not supposed to be “good” at games – failing to mention that having normal cerebral activity is all it takes to overcome a tutorial (as the 4-year-old demonstrated), being “good” is entirely another matter.
Would you find it funny if a journalist of the automobile industry were to complain that “driving stick” is too hard? Because that is the level of competence we are discussing. I do not think it is funny.
In fact, Takahashi explained how the only expectation he always had of himself when playing games was about having fun. A professionist should only have fun? Thats is the only competence required, and the only parameter being judged during reviews?
In general, other journalists claimed that all critics were in fact racist and mysoginist, accusations reminescent of what GamerGate was.
Now, what was GamerGate? In short, it was the first coherent movement of gamers revolting against game journalism, after it was proven that a game developer of questionable talent had received favourable reviews for her games after she had slept with the right people.
And it is true that in many ways GamerGate was a proto-Alt Right, as it also attacked ideologically-motivated persons active in the game industry, such as Anita Sarkeesian, whose self-imposed crusade was removing and deconstructing any and all “male fantasies” from videogames and criticizing “sexism” in videogames.
I thoroughly recommend watching this video for a more thourough analysis and summary of the entire Cuphead debate, and GamerGate and its vicissitudes.
What is the point of this article?
Well, i think the game industry and its relationship to videogamers is blatant example of the current relationship that is practically ubiquitous in the West between those who hold power and claim representation of a defined portion of the population and the population itself.
It is a fairly plain observation to say that in the West, those who are supposed to represent us fairly often in fact hold contempt for us, and would rather have nothing to do with us.
It is only understanding this barely-masked hatred that we can comprehend their actively hostile politics towards their own people: they not only dislike you and everything you cherish, but they also want it perverted into something completely different – if possible, destroyed.
And it is true that our recent successes has made them more hesitant and fearful, and more exasperated, but let us not forget that their intentions have been made very clear just a few years ago – see this video.
Indeed. it is only by uncovering the true will of the people that we can make it evident to all that our so-called representatived are in fact traitors, whose catastrophic ideal of a society is shared by very few people.
As German patriots chant: “Wir sind das Volk” – We are the people- Let us not forget that.