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7 Games that got woke and went broke

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“Get woke, go broke”.

It’s a mantra that you might see a lot of today, as there happens to be an idea floating around that making your product more appealing to the wider parts of society is a recipe for disaster. I mean, just look at Captain Marvel. Disney created a superhero movie with a leading lady who would totally be prettier if she smiled, and that film barely scraped in $1.1 billion globally.

See? Create something that appeals to may people and you’ll fail as miserably as Captain Marvel did. Video games are no stranger to this phenomenon, with many a game having all kinds of soy sauce running through its veins and resulting in disastrous titles being released to an indifferent audience. Here’s a look at six video games in particular, whose wokeness earned them nothing but rave reviews and massive sales success.

Mortal Kombat 11

mortal Kombat 11

The game: The sequel to one of the greatest fighting game franchises of all time, back and bloodier than ever as Earthrealm faces its greatest threat yet.

The wokeness: Urgh. You look at previous Mortal Kombat games, and you’d notice that these were titles that were proud to show a bit of skin. Princess Kitana and Jade may have looked like Baywatch models on a homicidal rampage, but they were sexy ass-kickers dammit. Now I have to stare at their curvaceous frames, covered up in more layers of fabric and their proportions dialled back to be more realistic instead of looking like they were ripped from the sleaziest anime shows around. TRAGEDY!

Do you know how difficult it is to find Jade attractive, now that she wears more layers to cover up the fact that she’s an undead zombie ninja with a figure to die for? No, I have no idea what the word necrophiliac means, let me go look it up quick while I whinge about female characters looking like actual people now instead of my page 3 stunner with a vapid personality to match

The broke aftermath: It’s still early days, but even with April sales that make for the best digital launch in the history of the franchise and the best-selling game for April 2019 overall, Mortal Kombat 11 is going to fail any minute now.

God of War

God of War

The game: The return of Kratos, five years in the making and featuring Sony’s greatest warrior painting an entire Nordic pantheon red with the blood of slain deities as he embarks on the most epic Bring Your Child To Work day that video games have ever seen.

The wokeness: Unline previous God of War games, there’s nary a sex ‘em up mini-game or low resolution nipple to be seen across all of the sprawling Nordic territory. Hell, it gets even worse for longtime fans as Kratos’ bloodlust has now been partnered up with gah character development and the pressures of fatherhood.

What makes matters even worse, is that Kratos no longer has a rich reservoir of emotions to draw from, as his tank of rage, fury and anger now gives way to a more realistic and sullen man who shows compassion and struggles to connect with his son in a game that’s both God of War and Dad of Boy.

The broke aftermath: Proving that real gamers want blood, Greek god tiddies and to be able to connect axes with troll heads rather than their emotions with a son who yearns for approval from his distant father, God of War only managed to stay at the top of various sales charts for several weeks, shifting a mere ten million copies a year after it launched according to Sony. Compounding on that failure, were numerous reviews that praised the game for its rich tapestry of design, narrative and character development, with many a website calling God of War one of the definitive games of this generation.

Oh how the mighty have risen to glorious new heights and set a benchmark that few games can hope to reach let alone surpass.

Overwatch

Overwatch

The game: Blizzard’s first new IP in many a year when it launched in 2016, Overwatch is an energetic team-based shooter where every person on your squad has a role to play and a chance to be a hero thanks to a wide and varied roster.

The wokeness: In an attempt to create a more diverse selection of characters, Blizzard decided to add a socially progressive agenda that completely ruins my fan fiction of Tracer falling in love with me because she’s a lesbian. And she’s not the only one. Soldier 76, my dad role model, is gay. They declared that Symettra is autistic and they made Bastion gender neutral.

It’s almost as if Blizzard wants a massive cast of characters to be more representative of human culture as a whole instead of catering just to my whims and mine alone. It’s not as if women play video games, that’s just a myth circulated by the left-wing media who want to destroy Star Citizen…right?

The broke aftermath: Overwatch barely managed to be seventh highest selling game by revenue (excluding Battle.net sales) in the United States of America for all of 2016, scraped in a mere billion dollars in overall revenue for Blizzard by Q1 2017 and log a piffling 40 million players by May 2018. Because remember, the only benefit to going woke and creating a quality video game at the same time is massive success and rave reviews while building up a dedicated community of fans who’ll support your game for years to come. Wait, did I miss something here?

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

The game: World War 2 was over, the Axis forces had swept across the globe and America was about to get a taste of German culture in a brave new world where history had been rewritten.

The wokeness: Sure, previous Wolfenstein games may have been all about killing Nazis, but the marketing for Wolfenstein: The New Colossus seemed to suggest that maybe a parallel universe full of jackbooted soldiers from a divergent path in history weren’t good guys at all. I’m no expert in PR, but maybe advocating violence against an oppressive culture of thugs who wished for nothing more than to shove people of different ethnic backgrounds and religions into horrifying concentration camps where they’d be slowly murdered in the name of a madman who dropped out of art school, was a touch too on the nose.

After all, Nazis are people too! Horrible, overzealous monsters whose influence has been reawakened inside of contemporary politics and has seen a surge in nationalist alt-right figures who find themselves under fire from milkshake-toting liberals. Why can’t history see these lie-spewing figureheads who advocate for a future based on hate as the people that they really are, instead of bullet sponge targets for a soft-spoken proponent for human dignity and equality?

The broke aftermath: Knowing full well that Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus would probably crash and burn on release, Bethesda instead decided to focus on selling the game over a longer period of time instead of the all mighty first week release period where winners are born. The result? A polished and personality-driven video game whose sales only managed to reach more than 1.36 million players over the course of several months, frequently popping up as a popular choice during many a sale over the duration of its lifetime.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

The game: The Far Cry formula, transplanted in the heartland of America and featuring your survival skills up against a militia of religious fanatics who want to save the world from a looming nuclear apocalypse.

The wokeness: See, here’s where I draw the line, because anyone who played Far Cry 5 knows that Joseph Seed was actually right all along. So what if he decided to drug people into a stupor, broke their wills and forced them to kill in the name of a god that he believe in? Isn’t that what religion is all about? But no, Ubisoft had to make fanatical Christian cults with a boner for violence look evil, suggest that extreme ideologies may be to blame and ignore calls for the American Christian villains to be recast as more standard Muslim villains.

Oh, and the game even asked you if you wanted to be a man or a woman. I FEEL LIKE I’M TAKING CRAZY PILLS.

The broke aftermath: Ubisoft was warned to change the content of their game mere weeks before release, but the French company didn’t listen and paid the price. A price that made Far Cry 5 Ubisoft’s best-selling game of the current console and PC generation, way ahead of anything else that the company produced over the last couple of years…Okay, who messed with my notes again? Guys this joke is getting real stale now.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

The game: The glory of ancient Greece, the mystery of another civilisation that pre-dated humanity and a quest to secure a legacy that would shape the destiny of mankind over millennia in a massive sandbox of intrigue and action.

The wokeness: Y’know, it was all well and good to travel across ancient Greece and engage in a rich story, even if said story allowed girls to get in on the action and strike up romances with whoever caught their eye. Even if those romances were same sex, which was totally historically inaccurate for a video that allows you to discover ruins of a technologically advanced race who were struck down by a solar cataclysm in an age that predates recorded history.

What really stung, was how gamers got upset with the idea that their relationships had to take a backseat to the lore of Assassin’s Creed. That your story was swept aside, because anyone playing as Kassandra needed to realise that the tale that you had personally created meant nothing in light of the fact that you had to be an incubator for the next Assassin’s Creed character, sexual preferences be damned.

I don’t know why gamers got upset about that, it’s not as if Ubisoft lied about your player choice actually mattering in the grand scheme of things, went back on their word and then had to issue an apology when they were called out on this. The wokeness got so bad, that Ubisoft even re-engineered the ending so that it would once again return player agency to the enlightened, thus forever ruining Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for everyone who chose a different path. Obviously, I mean I can show you right here how your gameplay choices have made my experience worse.

Right after I get back from the corner cafe, because I need a pack of smokes.

The broke aftermath: You call shifting a pathetic 1.14 million units of the game in its first week a success, followed by lifetime sales that top the likes of previous games in the series such as Unity, Syndicate or even Origins, a success? Okay, fair enough, those are some good numbers.

Battlefield V

battlefield v

The game: The conflict of World War The First, recreated in all of its grimy and horrific detail under the Frostbite engine.

The wokeness: Okay hang on a moment here. You want me to believe, that the manliest war of all time, had…female soldiers? You’ve clearly been smoking something and have gone to great lengths to create historically accurate documents that try to sell historians on the idea that the Russians created female-only battalions while numerous other women became legends during the war, because I just don’t believe you.

I mean how dare EA even allow people to play as female soldiers, thus completely ruining my personal immersion and the authenticity of war when I jump out of a biplane and use a rocket launcher to snipe a tank. Totally inaccurate stuff, shame on you EA, shame on you.

The broke aftermath: Ha! I told you this wokeness would backfire! Battlefield V completely missed its sales target, selling only a tiny amount of units . I’m sure 7.3 million units is tiny by today’s standard, even if I did fail maths in high school. The blame for this shortfall? Definitely on having optional female characters to play as in the game, and definitely not on the promised battle royale mode not being a priority at the time, wary gamers or the launch delay which catapulted Battlefield V into an especially competitive holiday season filled with numerous other big budget releases.

Last Updated: May 28, 2019

76 Comments

  1. tl;dr version, keep yer woke bs to yourself

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      May 28, 2019 at 15:02

      I think you should give it an actual read. 😉

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      • Admiral Chief

        May 28, 2019 at 15:02

        LOL I actually did

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    • Mark Treloar

      May 28, 2019 at 15:19

      What even BatWoke?

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      • Admiral Chief

        May 28, 2019 at 15:19

        You mean new mr Bat who sparkles in sunlight?

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        • Original Heretic

          May 28, 2019 at 15:39

          Ah, yes, Patman

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          • Admiral Chief

            May 28, 2019 at 15:50

            HAH PatMan, lolled at that one

        • Mark Treloar

          May 28, 2019 at 15:39

          No not Twilight

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    • Kaiser Zephan

      January 18, 2022 at 14:27

      Keep your woke bs to yourself and stop trying to infect your games with it, you mean.

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  2. Kromas

    May 28, 2019 at 15:10

    Most of these games were anti-woke to the point where they got controversies against them.

    Or was that what the article was meant to do?

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  3. Pariah

    May 28, 2019 at 15:10

    I love these articles. Darryn, you’re a gem. 😀

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    • The D

      May 28, 2019 at 15:10

      #Blushes

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      • Admiral Chief

        May 28, 2019 at 15:10

        Pity your are not a Long Long Man

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        • The D

          May 28, 2019 at 15:10

          Naw, I’m dis

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          • Admiral Chief

            May 28, 2019 at 15:10

            My goodness, I’ve forgotten about this….

    • For the Emperor!

      May 28, 2019 at 17:14

      Now if only he or his editor could learn to spell… https://media2.giphy.com/media/WvRFCB27924yk/giphy.gif

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      • Pariah

        May 28, 2019 at 17:14

        Wut you meen? They’re spelling is fine.

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        • For the Emperor!

          May 28, 2019 at 17:14

          Hahaha!

          I think they need to get that thing with the annoying Youtube ads, Gramarly 🙂

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          • The D

            May 28, 2019 at 17:42

            Anything you spot that I can fix up? I actually am using Grammarly, but it’s set to American and it causes me more headaches than anything else with its weird grammar rules.

          • For the Emperor!

            May 29, 2019 at 09:10

            I was actually only being a bit of an ass as there were not really many. But here are three:

            “Create something that appeals to may people” – many

            Unline previous God of War games” – Unlike

            “kill in the name of a god that he believe in” – believed or believes

            Yeah, it is surprising how many grammar rules are stuffed in US English! As a developer, one of my bigger pet peeves with their spelling is “color” vs “colour” grrrr. Even on this here post, “colour” is underlined as a spelling error!

          • For the Emperor!

            May 29, 2019 at 09:11

            On another note: “TRAGEDY!” – not a spelling or grammar issue, but am I the only one who reads that in his head as ABBA and starts singing the song? I am? https://media0.giphy.com/media/Y5PnpRvm8PVba/giphy.gif

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            September 7, 2020 at 15:24

            I also suffer from this affliction

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            September 7, 2020 at 15:24

            I also suffer from this affliction

          • The D

            May 29, 2019 at 10:57

            Lol, those are some real guffs on my part. Thanks man, will fix them up soon.

          • For the Emperor!

            May 29, 2019 at 11:22

            No problem, always happy to help 😛

    • cwDeici

      May 2, 2021 at 12:02

      Most of their examples were false.

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  4. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    May 28, 2019 at 15:19

    The sarcasm in this article was bordeline toxic

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    • The D

      May 28, 2019 at 15:19

      More like soycasm amirite?

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      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        May 28, 2019 at 15:19

        Hahaha good one

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  5. SagatatiaRZA

    May 28, 2019 at 15:19

    You have a point they surely didn’t suffer because of their SJW appeal (although I’d argue that it certainly cost at least a handful of sales for BFV). I would say however that Overwatch’s success came and largely went before the big gay controversies, especially 76’s. The people who stayed there despite the shitty community are clearly too committed to letting anything stop them, including where 76 chooses to stuff his rifle.

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    • Admiral Chief

      May 28, 2019 at 15:29

      “stuff his rifle”
      yoh

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      • Mark Treloar

        May 28, 2019 at 15:30

        What about when he unleashes the Helix Rockets?

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      • Original Heretic

        May 28, 2019 at 15:39

        This is my rifle, this is my gun.

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    • Hearth Stoned

      July 14, 2019 at 20:40

      Yeah, calling Overwatch an example of “woke success” is idiotic. 95% of the game’s sales were done before they revealed any of the characters explicitly weren’t straight.

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  6. Original Heretic

    May 28, 2019 at 15:39

    I honestly hope that someone takes this article seriously.
    Just so that we can ridicule them for years.

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  7. Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    May 28, 2019 at 16:03

    Many good lessons to be learnt here. Great stuff, D!

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  8. Rick

    May 28, 2019 at 17:51

    I get the sarcasm , but I want my sexy mortal kombat characters back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Tarryn van der Byl

    May 28, 2019 at 15:02

    B-B-B-BUT FORCED DIVERSITY AND THE SJW AGENDA!!1

    Like gay people, black people, and women whose boobs aren’t busting out of their clothes are totally forced into real life too and I want my safe space. 🙁

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    • The D

      May 28, 2019 at 15:02

      SAVE IT, STAR CITIZEN KILLER!

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    • cwDeici

      May 2, 2021 at 12:01

      Didn’t read any of the comments at all, eh? Most of these examples were false.

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  10. Yahtzee

    May 28, 2019 at 15:10

  11. Admiral Chief

    May 28, 2019 at 15:10

    Focus on the game, and not the appealing to wider area nonsense.

    – Overwatch was a cool game, spoiled for me by toxic filthy hoomans and woke bs
    – BFV with forced female characters, just which idiot thought to re-write the history books to please people (I don’t think Russians/French resistance are playable teams?). I don’t want to shoot women

    The rest, I didn’t play

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  12. HvR

    May 29, 2019 at 08:53

    The BFV one actually still pisses me off.

    But less to do with it apparent wokeness; when they started teasing it there was emphasis on the historical research and accuracy they were going for which made me excited for the game.

    And yes yes it is not a history textbook but a game but the stupid flat stories they opted to go with when there were awesome real WW2 they could have gone with is stupefying.

    In fact it can be argued that BFV was not woke at all since it whitewashed a lot of history.

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  13. For the Emperor!

    May 29, 2019 at 09:19

    People jump on the “go woke go broke” bandwagon way too easily when THEY don’t like something. There are cases where they “go woke”, execute piss poorly and market like shit, and “go broke”. Other times they execute well (Captain Marvel), market not so well, and make their money. Other times the marketing caused a “below expectations” result. Then there are cases where they execute really well, market well and make their sales regardless of the “go woke go broke” internet pack.

    As an example, I saw many Youtube clips “destroying” Brie Larson and Captain Marvel before the movie came out. Did she say something totally f’ed up? Yes, at least in the way she said it. Does she act like a twat in some interviews? Yes she does. Did the trailers make her look boring etc? Yes. But the movie was a lot of fun, she was mostly good in it, and the “no smiles” thing was actually part of her character! “Control your emotions” etc was repeated in the movie to her so it made sense! She smiled more than once in the movie, and it deserved the money it got!

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    • The D

      May 29, 2019 at 09:43

      What’s this logical and fairly balanced commentary nonsense doing here on the interwebs?

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    • cwDeici

      May 2, 2021 at 12:01

      False examples. Read the comments

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  14. Nate Barker

    July 25, 2019 at 22:20

    Don’t know about the others but BF5 is a joke. They straight up re-wrote history with the Norwegian campaign. Instead of telling the real story of a group of norwegian commandos destroying a german heavy water facility, they have a mother-daughter team do it. The daughter, who is a young teen, physically overpowers a german soldier at one point! Its pretty damn funny.

    Yes, woman served in an extremely small capacity during WW2(Russian snipers, night witches), but if you were able to go back in time to 1944, in the Ardennes, or June of 44 in Carentan, or during operation Market garden in Holland, you wouldn’t see a single female on the frontlines. So, yes, it is less immersive when you hear a woman yelling out to you on the battlefield and just because the game has other inaccuracies, doesn’t mean they should be adding more. If anything they should clean it up so you can’t snipe while flying a plane, thats less immersive too. Thats not even mentioning the prosthetic arm and the Brits using katana blades. Maybe the game sold a decent amount of units as well, but not until after it was heavily discounted only weeks after its release date. According to expections the game was a flop.

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  15. Marcus blade

    August 1, 2019 at 01:46

    That god of war list made me cringe how is that even woke

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  16. Marcus blade

    August 1, 2019 at 01:56

    God of war sold well and the guy or wahmen who made this really love the unlikable rage full, vegeance blinded kratos and he/she think he’s boring now because his raising his son and surpessing his anger and not on a mission of pointless killing spree on different gods It’s called character development dumbass

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  17. Guilherme Muller

    September 10, 2019 at 19:42

    Generic people like generic games, just saying, none of those are a “Prey” or “Day of Infamy”, they are just games for the masses and the masses really don’t care much for this stuff, not now at least.

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  18. Steve H.

    October 5, 2019 at 06:28

    Funny how you don’t mention that Battlefield 1 sold 15 million copies and that was after Battlefield V’s price was cut by half in the first week, or that SJW Wars: The Last White Guy was supposed to gross $3 billion, and both were considered a disaster for their respective companies.

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    • Passive_aggressive

      May 8, 2021 at 17:23

      Battlefield V was basically a shit game that was made to pander and make people forget how angry they were because EA tried selling a 60 dollar game chock full of microtransactions.

      Battlefront 2.

      Battlefield V was basically made to divide the crowd and make people forget.

      It worked.

      NOBODY wanted to talk about Battlefront 2 after Battlefield V was announced.

      The game wasn’t optimized, the story wasn’t good, and it wasn’t even balanced.

      That was a case of pandering that worked.

      It’s like a sleezy 90s comic with tits and ass but absolutely awful writing. Except its woke.

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    • Zeke_34

      May 25, 2021 at 05:10

      Yeah I know I’m late to the party but the author of this article really sucks at irony and tongue-in-cheek.

      The left cannot meme and SJW’s cannot do humor nor sarcasm — rather, they come across as sophomoric and insipid, grinding their ax without finesse, scintillation, or incisiveness.

      [/necro]

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    • Zeke_34

      May 25, 2021 at 05:10

      Yeah I know I’m late to the party but the author of this article really sucks at irony and tongue-in-cheek.

      The left cannot meme and SJW’s cannot do humor nor sarcasm — rather, they come across as sophomoric and insipid, grinding their ax without finesse, scintillation, or incisiveness.

      [/necro]

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    • Zeke_34

      May 25, 2021 at 05:10

      Yeah I know I’m late to the party but the author of this article really sucks at irony and tongue-in-cheek.

      The left cannot meme and SJW’s cannot do humor nor sarcasm — rather, they come across as sophomoric and insipid, grinding their ax without finesse, scintillation, or incisiveness.

      [/necro]

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  19. Antanas Andriuškevičius

    December 25, 2019 at 15:04

    Far Cry 5 isn’t woke lol, the cult is not even christian cause in one scene John Seed throws bible away, no christian would ever do that. Far Cry 5 angered sjws and other lefties cause most people in game are white and christian lol

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  20. HollatotheBalla

    April 30, 2020 at 19:15

    Wolfenstein 2 sold less than the first game. Battlefield 5 sold half of what the original Battlefield sold, and a few million less than 3. Even EA said those sales were disappointing because of how much money they invested into the game. Also you forgot to bring up Mafia 3 and Andromeda which caused those developers to get downsized. People are waking up.

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    • verminousgaming

      December 29, 2021 at 10:40

      BF5 did 15 million copies actually, more than any other battlefield game to date.

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  21. Guthy

    May 9, 2020 at 15:26

    God what a bunch of toxic fucking losers? how the fuck is god of war woke? You people are imbeciles go woke go broke is alive and well

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  22. kissthering

    November 7, 2020 at 13:48

    Going woke leaves lots of money on the table but cool story, bro.

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  23. Id

    December 15, 2020 at 09:13

    No Mass Effect: Andromeda on this list..

    I wonder why?

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  24. dante13

    February 26, 2021 at 21:35

    These things would have done even better with out the woke crap grafted onto it like a tumor.

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  25. Vorenus

    April 15, 2021 at 01:16

    You wonder why I no longer buy these games.
    The Major titles come out of Canada which wants to redefine entertainment with political ideas.

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  26. Roman Beran

    November 7, 2021 at 12:21

    You need to educate yourself on WW2 history and biology you filthy weak basement dwelling goblin.

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  27. ‏‏

    November 30, 2021 at 21:20

    You did a poor job pointing out the wokeness since you’ve shown nature in an opposite extreme which just gives the woke people more ammunition, adding gasoline to the fire.

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  28. verminousgaming

    December 29, 2021 at 10:40

    Um, God Of War is by far the highest selling game in the series you absolute morons, and is also the highest rated in the series, and considered the best game of the generation. BF5 did around 12 million to 14 million copies according to the vast majority of critics out there. You literally dont know what youre talking about

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  29. Kaiser Zephan

    January 18, 2022 at 14:35

    Also sort of related to wokeness in videogames ( Namely videogame companies that support LGBT ). If you try to post the truth that men and women can not become the opposite sex then you will be reported for hate speech. I am just posting this to warn others but not take action.

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  30. Kaiser Zephan

    January 18, 2022 at 14:30

    Fortnite gave out a free Marxist music to equip. No thanks i am 1000% against the marxist and instantly uninstall fortnite ( I hardly play it anyway ). Fallout 76 is being watched also, there not as in your face with it but there clearly one step from making a fallout game be all about LGBT and marxist and not the lore of the world -_-.

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