Nazis are bad, and Bethesda isn’t wrong
At this point in history, you’d expect most people would hate Nazis. That doesn’t seem to be the case, though. A recent campaign for Wolfenstein The New Colossus rolled out, riding on the hashtag #nomorenazis.
Apparently, that was a little too much for people. Bethesda’s campaign consisted of slogans like ‘Not My America’ and ‘Make America Nazi-Free Again’, which internet “political experts” chalked up to leftist propaganda.
In response, Pete Hines sat down and spoke with Gamesindustry.biz. Hines defended the stance of the studio, saying that they hadn’t intended for the game to line up with the political climate, but it unfortunately did.
“At the time none of us expected that the game would be seen as a comment on current issues, but here we are,” Hines told Gamesindustry. “Bethesda doesn’t develop games to make specific statements or incite political discussions. We make games that we think are fun, meaningful, and immersive for a mature audience.
“In Wolfenstein’s case, it’s pure coincidence that Nazis are marching in the streets of America this year. And it’s disturbing that the game can be considered a controversial political statement at all.”
And, Hines is totally in the right. He confidently came out saying Bethesda is against Nazis, and not backing down about the implications that may result due to current events.
Let’s get something straight. Nazis, no matter what way you spin it, are bad. 6 million+ Jews dead, plans for global domination, and the ushering of one of the darkest periods of modern world history is not something that should be defended, much less celebrated.
Now that we have to qualify this game as ‘anti-Nazi’ is pure insanity. Despite what the internet experts would lead you to believe, the discussion is not centered around left and right. The discussion is centered around people, and how we decide to treat each other.
imagine seeing the words “no more nazis” and reacting like this pic.twitter.com/5L9b8CPm3s
— Vylash #TeamKICK (@MiraVylash) October 6, 2017
The biggest argument to come out of the campaign was that Bethesda was somehow making the game political, capitalizing on hysteria in order to sell a product. And, in some ways, they are. Still, the stance really shouldn’t have backlash.
Wolfenstein as a franchise is built to demonize Nazis, and rightfully so. Just because America currently has an incompetent leader who wants to defend Neo-Nazis instead of punishing them does not mean Bethesda is doing anything wrong.
They’re taking a stance because someone has to. The game and current events lining is about as unlikely of a coincidence that can happen, but, now that it’s here, maybe something should be said.
“As we’ve said many times before, fighting Nazis has been the core of Wolfenstein games for decades, and it isn’t really debatable that Nazis are, as Henry Jones Sr. said, ‘the slime of humanity.’ Certainly there’s a risk of alienating some customers, but to be honest, people who are against freeing the world from the hate and murder of a Nazi regime probably aren’t interested in playing Wolfenstein.”
Hines comment about the coincidence being “disturbing” is the real core of this discussion. The implication that an alternate reality in which Nazis take over the world somehow lines up with current events should frighten everyone.
America should be Nazi-free, as should the whole world. In a country that is ripping each other apart, the last this that gamers should be doing is jumping on one of the most celebrated game developers and publishers of all time over something that should be common sense.
Nazis are bad, Bethesda is not. Make America, and the world, Nazi free again.