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Ronald Reagan respecting your nonbinary CIA agent’s pronouns in the new CALL OF DUTY game is, like.

That’s it, folks. We have reached Peak Neoliberal Performative Wokeness. Everybody go home.

salty takes on “woke” videogames 

This is, incidentally, why I loathe this particular genre of woke historical revisionist pop culture (see also: HAMILTON).

Reagan murdered thousands by ignoring the AIDS crisis because he loathed queer people (among other crimes). That history matters.

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@alis "Remember your history"
"Wait, not that history"

salty takes on “woke” videogames 

@alis I remember seeing an extremely funny tumblr post about this

salty takes on “woke” videogames 

@alis anyway I looked but can't find it. The funniest part (to me at least) is that NO ONE WANTS THIS. Right-wing gamer bros don't want it. Queer and leftist gamers don't want it. Reagan fans don't want it. Literally who was asking for this

salty takes on “woke” videogames 

@alpine_thistle That’s what I mean about “performative neoliberal wokeness” though; this is what you get when you decouple the affect of identity politics from structural critique. It’s the commodification of individual identity in a framework that knows no locus of agency other than the atomised individual. :\

salty takes on “woke” videogames 

@alpine_thistle The problem is to unpack it the COD franchise would have to let go of the fiction that it’s somehow “politically neutral”, and that its whole premise is in fact ultra-reactionary, which it’s never going to do. It’s a chronic problem in Triple A gaming that affects more franchises than this one.

salty takes on “woke” videogames 

@alis i lied, it wasn't a tumblr post it was this tweet thread mobile.twitter.com/redsuno21/s

Anyway yeah, CoD has always been gross nationalist propaganda but this is a straight-up self-parody of its soulless cashgrab vortex existence

salty takes on “woke” videogames 

@alis there's a lot of corporate cynicism here.
At this point accommodating for non-binary people in some minor capacity is a safe thing to do, and Gamers loosing their shit over it gave them a bunch of essentially free advertising.

salty takes on “woke” videogames 

@hay I suspect it’s also at least partly coming from the military/intel communities themselves (COD surely had advisors), as a recruiting tool/attempt to signal “acceptance”/etc. (which I know sounds ironic, but…).

Like, if the IRL CIA objected to the idea of nonbinary agents shown as accepted within the agency… COD would not have included the option, y’know? (Particularly since they could very easily have played the “historical accuracy~!” card.)

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