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Hatred

I am curious to play Hatred, a ridiculously controversial and ultraviolent game. When Geoff told everyone about the game, it certainly got a bunch of reactions from everyone, ranging from praise to condemnation. Now the developers have responded to the criticism with some vitriol of their own.

According to the developer update entitled “The First Storm Resisted”, the Polish studio behind the game explains that they weren’t expecting such a reaction to their reveal trailer, but they’re grateful to everyone who got upset about the content of Hatred for actually giving it more exposure:

Many can call us “attention whores” – well, we try to get world’s attention to our product and as you can see – it worked perfectly. But there are some true attention whores out there, who are trying to imply that we are neo-nazis and some other stupid stuff. Do not believe everything you read on the web, especially written by no-name pathetic bloggers or some unhappy guys commenting around the web.

Each of the developers went on to respond to criticism that they are promoting Neo-Nazi or sexist ideologies. They explain that they have been affected by all kinds of hate crimes in the past, and the game is just about gameplay, not a reflection of their real-life views. In fact, it’s argued that the game is actually more tolerant than any other.

There is one more thing – accusing Hatred to be some kind of racist game. What the hell is wrong with you, people? The Antagonist is killing everyone equally, race doesn’t matter (it’s randomly generated for all NPC’s), sex doesn’t matter (it’s random too), so you can call it the most tolerant game, promoting equality. Here everybody dies.

Are you convinced? I know the game features a ton of violent kills, but so do plenty of games. Just look at those executions in Shadow of Mordor, or people moaning about the lack of pools in The Sims 4 so they can’t drown their characters. What about all the crazy things people get up to in GTA? Yes, Hatred is extremely graphic and uses more modern forms of murder, but it still boils down to a game about killing everyone on the map, much like plenty of other games out there. Do you want to see this game boycotted? Will it be used as blame for the real world violence we see out there anyway? Or is it just another game and all this ranting and raving is simply excellent marketing?

Last Updated: October 22, 2014

80 Comments

  1. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    October 22, 2014 at 09:57

    Takes a few lines to get to the point, but this feels relevant:

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 22, 2014 at 10:02

      Will always be classic. I love how he handles race. Jarhead did it pretty well too.

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      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        October 22, 2014 at 10:06

        lol! The answer at the end was the best part! Need to watch that again actually.

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        • Hammersteyn

          October 22, 2014 at 10:08

          “Sir, I got lost on the way to college, Sir!” LMAO

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  2. Ryanza

    October 22, 2014 at 09:59

    Polish + tolerant = hated. No that doesn’t sound right. It’s just a game. A game about shooting people. I like shooting games. Doesn’t mean I like shooting shit in real life. But in a non real video game, eh, anything goes.

    There is no shooting in The Witcher 3. But sword killing, bombs, traps, spells.

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    • Splooshypooh

      October 22, 2014 at 10:57

      I really hope your hype doesn’t turn out to be a flop. As the saying goes, you wont be disappointed if you’re not expecting anything.

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      • Guild

        October 22, 2014 at 11:06

        If it flops I think Ryan would then go get decent internet and join the DRM community and play Destiny or Titanfall.

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        • Ryanza

          October 22, 2014 at 12:33

          When it comes to PC gaming. I always think about those gamers who has a PC and wants to buy PC games but can’t because of DRM and not having internet.

          You might have internet and enjoy the DRM games but there are much more people out there who don’t have internet and can’t buy PC games because of DRM. Think of others. Don’t always think about yourself.

          The Witcher 3 can be played by anyone who buys the game. No internet needed. No DRM needed. Just install and play.

          Destiny or Titanfall. Oh please. I like real games. Not DRM shit.

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          • Guild

            October 22, 2014 at 12:55

            I’m teasing you budd and I do hope that The Witcher 3 delivers on all the promises. I’m purely on console now since my gaming machine got stolen so hopefully it still delivers on the console as well.

            As for internet, it’s really become cheap and affordable to have it now so it shouldn’t really be an excuse not to. DRM is an effect of the rampant pirating of games on PC and I can understand why publishers push for DRM to protect their IP or not release games on PC at all. It has become a necessary evil.

          • Ryanza

            October 22, 2014 at 13:04

            DRM has nothing to do with piracy. If DRM stopped piracy then I could buy that argument. But DRM has had zero effect on piracy. So DRM has nothing to do with piracy.
            DRM has always been about creating a monopoly in the PC gaming market. Simply as that. Don’t believe what big corporations tell me. They will never have the interests of gamers at heart.

      • Ryanza

        October 22, 2014 at 12:28

        I would not in good conscience hype a bad game. I do want The Witcher 3 to sell really well, day 1. So that stat of AAA game selling well without the need of DRM. The gaming do love to use the DRM to explain bad sales and blame it on pirates.
        The Witcher 3 is a good game to fight for NO DRM awareness.

        But you right about expectations. I have chummed around with expectations. I still see a good game. I do worry that people might be looking for visuals they have never seen before, the melt your graphics card kind of visuals, but The Witcher 3 being an open world game + consoles, that expectation is far fetched and I hope people are not banking all their money and expectations on that.
        If you like The Witcher you will like The Witcher 3. Story, lore, Yennefer, ect. You do find that some people just don’t like The Witcher games. They don’t get it. They don’t get why we love it so much. But there are 8+ million people out there that does get it.

        So if you looking for a good game with a good story. Buy The Witcher 3.
        If you just want to troll me with how much The Witcher 3 sucks. Buy The Witcher 3 and let’s debate.

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        • Splooshypooh

          October 22, 2014 at 12:38

          πŸ˜‰ see what you did there. I’ll buy it simply for NO DRM!! I’ve just been burned by the hype machine before, and hope it doesn’t happen again this time.

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          • Ryanza

            October 22, 2014 at 12:46

            Just pre-order and don’t get hyped for the game. Just expect a game and you will be fine with your pre-order.

            The No DRM thing is important. It means that games can’t be released with major bugs, or unfinished, or patch it later mentality. NO DRM means that developers has to try and get the game perfect before the game gets released. Expect delays.

            But with DRM. Once you have activated the game on Steam and found out that the game is shit or buggy as hell, there is nothing you can do about it. You can’t even return or sell the game.

            PC retail market needs No DRM. That’s the only way games will get better.

  3. Guild

    October 22, 2014 at 10:01

    Each to their own. I personally don’t think there is a need for this game and I do think you’ll get some idiotic politician who will find some way of linking this to a mass shooting because you know “video games make us all unstable, psychopathic killers”. The developers have done well in drumming up interest in the game and I’m sure it will sell well. But looking at the gameplay, I think it will get boring very quickly. It doesn’t appeal to me and I won’t get it. I would rather run around playing Fist of Jesus than this tbh.

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      October 22, 2014 at 10:07

      Fist of Jesus FTW! πŸ™‚

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      • RinceThis

        October 22, 2014 at 10:36

        Lol. I think you may win most comments of the week with that one πŸ˜‰

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    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      October 22, 2014 at 10:21

      To be fair, there is no “need” for farming simulator. But some people play the shit out of that. And that involves killing a wide variety of innocent flora. And Deer Hunter? Man. Every single time I see that game I want to cringe. Why would you murder an innocent Deer that you don’t even intend to eat? It’s just wrong. So so wrong. In fact, I can’t think of a single video game out there that I’ve recently played that is “needed”. Got Payday for free – and it glorifies the bank heist. Totally irresponsible. Dota? There isn’t an option for peace? Unrealistic and immoral. Counterstrike? Terrorists can win? Unamerican. Immoral. Wrong. Borderlands the Presequal? Australians finally left Australia? Unbritish. Immoral. Wrong. Plus sentient robots. Just not right. Fists of Jesus? The devil has you, boy! Uncatholic. The pope might just have you excommunicated. πŸ˜‰

      TL;DR: I agree with everything you said. But I don’t think this game is “needed” any less than any other ridiculous game out there. And, let’s be frank, all games are ridiculous and exceed our basic requirements as they’re just entertainment. πŸ™‚

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      • Guild

        October 22, 2014 at 10:49

        True, a lot of games I question their existence. Rock Simulator?!? Seriously why?
        And you’re right different strokes for different folks. I see Hatred as less desirable due to the objective goes against the moral fiber and it will certainly help the nutters out there with the “video games are evil” campaign. This game if published will end up being used by a reporters and politicians as the reason for a mass shooting.

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        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          October 22, 2014 at 10:52

          Mainstream media. Who needs them?

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          • Guild

            October 22, 2014 at 11:03

            With all the intelligent and correct reporting by Alice McReporter on how little Sammy Jones played to much CoD which influenced his mind causing him to flip out and go into a psychotic rampage through his creche at age 5. Since Alice watched a brief trailer and clips of the game and is now an instant psychology expert and is bringing you this exclusive on how CoD is evil and should be banned worldwide.

            I agree, who needs them?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 22, 2014 at 11:11

            Like that interview Gavin got suckered into that included a pretend psychologist from a ridiculous holistic drug rehab centre? Whoops, I meant expertly trained mental health professional from a leading alternative medical health facility.

          • Guild

            October 22, 2014 at 11:27

            Exactly, I fear for her children. She reminds me too much of Jennifer Garner from the Men, Women and Children trailer.

        • Dutch Matrix

          October 22, 2014 at 11:15

          Dude, I am sure if you check newspaper articles in the ’70’s you are going to find an article on mass shootings being blamed on Space Invaders.
          “It has been mentioned by certain reliable witnesses (aka the drunk skivving for empties) that Mr. McNutter has been playing Space Invaders for a few hours, and that the shooting occurred right after the machine swallowed his nickel….”

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          • Guild

            October 22, 2014 at 11:29

            Lol, the arcade space invader rage. Scary stuff!

          • Weanerdog

            October 22, 2014 at 12:10

            Nope blamed on playing Beatles Records backwards, Oh wait that actually did happen.

    • RinceThis

      October 22, 2014 at 10:37

      Right with you there bro. Sadly, defending a game like this, and defend some will have to (FOX) is not going to be easy.

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  4. Mongoose

    October 22, 2014 at 10:01

    I figured out the reason he is killing the world. It’s because the Kim Kardashian game is doing so well!!

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 22, 2014 at 10:06

      Plus Michael Bay gets to keep making movies, raking in millions in the process

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  5. Sgt. M

    October 22, 2014 at 10:02

    “so you can call it the most tolerant game, promoting equality. Here everybody dies” BRILLIANT!

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  6. Hammersteyn

    October 22, 2014 at 10:05

    As long as you don’t kill dogs or cats I’m happy. Yeah I am that desensitised

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    • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

      October 22, 2014 at 10:19

      I think I am pretty much as desensitized, but I do think we need to maybe pull it back a bit.

      It’s not a good thing when seeing people get killed has no impact on your mood.

      IMO of course.

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 22, 2014 at 10:44

        Well it’s not that bad. I mean games doesn’t shock me so much. Seeing real life stuff on Vice or the news or a “certain site” still does.

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    • Dutch Matrix

      October 22, 2014 at 10:21

      I am so with you on this one. GTA V: Human being in the middle of the road? Run him over! Run him over!
      Deer in the middle of the road? Swerve. Roll car three times, fall down cliff, car set on fire. Then explodes…

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      • Kensei Seraph - Staff

        October 22, 2014 at 10:31

        Still worth it.

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 22, 2014 at 10:38

        I’d do exactly the same thing

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    • Admiral Chief 0

      October 22, 2014 at 10:36

      So the Postal 2 “silencer” was not for you?

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 22, 2014 at 10:37

        Never played Postal

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        • Admiral Chief 0

          October 22, 2014 at 11:27

          In Postal 2 when you catch a cat, you then “attach” it to some of the guns via the cat’s butthole. When you shoot, the cat meow’s instead of the gunshot, voila, silencer!

          Granted that game you could also taze someone until they fall over and convulse, and pee their pants, and you can pee on people causing them to vomit etc.

          Sick damn game

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          • Weanerdog

            October 22, 2014 at 12:14

            Well in GTA: China Town Wars on the DS you can tazer someone until you set them alight.

  7. Ryanza

    October 22, 2014 at 10:05

    Remember – No Russian

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    • Ryanza

      October 22, 2014 at 10:11

      And remember that there is a new Witcher 3 trailer being released on Friday at about 5:30pm. CGI intro video. Remember The Witcher 2 intro video.

      http://thewitcher.com/thetrail

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    • Admiral Chief 0

      October 22, 2014 at 10:31

      Silly console aiming

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    • Skyblue

      October 22, 2014 at 11:37

      I need to play that game again, one of the few COD games I enjoyed after the first two.

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  8. Rags

    October 22, 2014 at 10:07

    I’m starting to like these guys.

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  9. Kensei Seraph - Staff

    October 22, 2014 at 10:10

    Racist? Seriously?!
    What the hell is wrong with humans?

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    • Dutch Matrix

      October 22, 2014 at 10:12

      The short answer to that is The Internet.

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  10. Captain JJ in the shadow

    October 22, 2014 at 10:21

    “It all started when we met this fellow named Trevor…”

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    • Kensei Seraph - Staff

      October 22, 2014 at 10:32

      Secret alien plot to end the world?

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 22, 2014 at 10:39

      Hello…

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    • RinceThis

      October 22, 2014 at 10:40

      It always boils down to him, doesn’t it?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 22, 2014 at 10:42

        It’s nobody’s business what’s in my soup.

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  11. SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    October 22, 2014 at 10:26

    It’s a game. Which means that it is entertainment. It’s not doing anything new. It’s really fine. And it is certainly getting excellent traction because of all the hate. I’m sure most games would kill for this sort of mainstream free marketing.

    Yet I’m sure that there is a possibility that someone with some pretty serious mental condition may just play the game and figure they’d like to recreate some of this in real life. But some of the worst serial killers also use the bible (or religious/political ethos of their choosing) to perform some pretty harrowing acts of violence. Yet we realise that these people are sick, and it’s not the fault of the material they cite.

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  12. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 22, 2014 at 10:36

    I didn’t think it was racist, sexist, neo-nazi or anything like that. I thought it was just tasteless shock-shlock. That PR gem of theirs above confirmed it for me – fuck ’em. I think half the people supporting the game don’t actually give a damn about it really, they’re doing it to demonstrate how “un-PC” they are. 10 internet points.

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    • RinceThis

      October 22, 2014 at 10:38

      Agreed. Fuck ’em. Not interested in tasteless murder porn.

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  13. RinceThis

    October 22, 2014 at 10:36

    Even games like GTAV have stories, the whole purpose of the game isn’t to kill innocent people, so sorry, these guys are just wrong in my mind.

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    • Dutch Matrix

      October 22, 2014 at 11:25

      Yes, but just because it does not say “Murder Simulator V” on the box does not mean that GTA is any less guilty of “innocent bystander/people killings”
      Fact of the matter is, you can still load up GTA and go on killing sprees to your little murderous heart’s content and still ignore the story aspect for hours on end.
      Yes yes. I know we had this fight on Twitter the other day, but you started it today! πŸ™‚

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      • Guild

        October 22, 2014 at 11:34

        It comes down to freedom of choice. If you want to go on a killing spree in GTA you can chose to do that but it’s not the ultimate objective of the game. Hatred the only objective is the killing spree. So I would say it is less guilty by virtue of the player.

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        • Dutch Matrix

          October 22, 2014 at 11:39

          What you say makes sense to a certain degree. Though to me, if you are doing your mindless killing via GTA or through Hatred, mindless killing is still mindless killing.

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      • RinceThis

        October 22, 2014 at 13:45

        And you were wrong then too! πŸ˜›

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        • Dutch Matrix

          October 22, 2014 at 15:09

          The only thing wrong here is GINGER!

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  14. SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    October 22, 2014 at 10:49

    Didn’t the same thing happen with Manhunt a decade ago when that came out? I distinctly remember the outcry when those trailers hit. And that publicity did really well for the game I think – which sold over a million copies back in the early 2000s.

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    • Dutch Matrix

      October 22, 2014 at 10:49

      But you forget, it was a Rockstar game. So all is forgiven.

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      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        October 22, 2014 at 10:51

        Rockstar after earliest GTA games: “Wait… people LIKE killing people?”
        Fifteen minutes later…. ROCKSTAR announces new game – Manhunt…

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  15. The Silent Gamer

    October 22, 2014 at 11:22

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    • Dutch Matrix

      October 22, 2014 at 11:29

      You’ve said it…

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  16. Kikmi

    October 22, 2014 at 11:27

    I love that. “Here everybody dies” πŸ˜€ Was one of the first points I raised when discussing the game. I still see no issue with it what so ever. If you can have films like “The Human Centipede” Why cant gaming have Hatred?

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    • Guild

      October 22, 2014 at 11:40

      That is one seriously twisted movie and it’s sequels are even more screwed up. I don’t know if you have to be a genius or a complete whack job to dream up that type of lunacy.

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      • loftie

        October 22, 2014 at 11:59

        I found these movies ridiculously funny (and all other so called ‘horrors”). Reason being, I watch it from a logical perspective. I wonder what the actors are thinking while filming the scenes, I laugh at the faces they pull, the noises they make, the way they have to move and the decisions their characters make in the movie.

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        • Guild

          October 22, 2014 at 12:20

          Nah, I prefer to watch it for what it is. I don’t want to review it, I want to enjoy it.

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          • loftie

            October 22, 2014 at 12:32

            we all enjoy things in various ways. πŸ™‚

      • Kikmi

        October 22, 2014 at 13:56

        Ha. Watch the second one, also get a puke bucket ready.

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  17. loftie

    October 22, 2014 at 11:31

    shuddup and take my money

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  18. JustAnotherGamer

    October 22, 2014 at 13:01

    Liberals and butthurt SJWs should just shut up about this game. Hatred is going to be awesome and I can’t wait to play it. If there is anybody here that believes that a game can make you a serial killer, I have a property in Sasolburg, overlooking the beach to sell you.

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  19. JustAnotherGamer

    October 22, 2014 at 13:07

    An idiot on a forum was trying to tell me that the developers are neo-nazis, I had to tell him to shut the fuck up. Don’t bring your politics into my games. So what if one of the developers is a neo-nazi? That’s his personal political beliefs. What next you can’t be conservative or christian or muslim or jewish?

    Do you have to suck on the atheist libtard SJW teat? That’s fascist-like thinking. I will defend your right to be a dumbass, because that’s true diversity. The game itself doesn’t have any of those right-wing overtones, and even if it did, isn’t that what games is all about. Putting you into the shoes of characters that are vastly different to yourself?

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    • Rags

      October 22, 2014 at 13:56

      Agreed up to the very last sentence (although I am a liberal atheist). But I am also a space commander from the future! #dealwithit #notyourshield

      πŸ˜›

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      • JustAnotherGamer

        October 22, 2014 at 14:08

        Game is going to rock.

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  20. 20twelve

    October 22, 2014 at 13:53

    I will play the shit out of this game… Just cause…

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  21. Norman Pleasant

    October 22, 2014 at 14:13

    Now now everyone, let’s just view this game as it was intended; after-work stress relief for those working in the customer services professions.

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    • Dutch Matrix

      October 22, 2014 at 15:11

      YES! THANK YOU! SOMEONE WITH COMMON SENSE!

      Reply

  22. Travi the Batman

    October 22, 2014 at 21:01

    “EVERYONE DIES”

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