October 14, 2017
Anti-Orc racism must be abolished! Middle Earth must embrace diversity.
I’ve always thought that liberalism was basically a form of mental illness.
I mean, what sane man would empathize with people who hate him and want to destroy him? That has to be some kind of disorder, like Stockholm syndrome or whatever.
And what happens when you let the mentally ill run wild with their delusions, and pretend like they’re normal? Their lunacy gets progressively worse and worse.
This is what we’re seeing.
After decades of liberals bleeding their hearts out for inner city thugs, Mexican cartel assassins and Islamic jihadists, they’ve now turned to a new defenseless victim group.
Hey, that Elf was probably in the KKK. Down with Elven racism!
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is amazing. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is terrible. Horza the Dead taught me that. I love him and I hope I have the strength to let him go. To let him get some well-earned rest.
That’s “Horza the Dead,” the poor Orc this writer “loves.”
Developer Monolith Productions’s newest game is set in the Lord of the Rings universe. Players take control of a Talion, a dead ranger haunted and animated by Celebrimbor—the elf who forged the one ring. The pair both hate Sauron and criss-cross Mordor killing his soldiers and building an army of orcs to take him down. It’s a great game with solid systems, but enslaving the army of orcs to hunt your enemies is the real draw.
These orcs aren’t your typical video game NPC cannon fodder. They have backstories, passions, and conflicts among themselves. They’re so well rendered that I’ve become deeply uncomfortable playing the game. The heroes treat them terribly. The wraith and ranger abuse and slaughter orcs and dominate their feeble minds.
He… He feels bad for the Orcs…
There are consequences to your actions. The orcs remember things, hold grudges, and react to your leadership accordingly. In most games, this would be fun, but in Shadow of War, the orcs’ AI and personalities are so vivid that it’s also an emotional burden. I’m serious. I feel bad about Talion’s—and by extension my—treatment of the orcs.
But somehow, I’m not surprised. These people have started trying to make Orcs sympathetic for a while now.
Of course, since Orcs share basically all their characteristics with Blacks and Moslems, and liberals know they’re supposed to love them, it makes sense that they’d feel guilty about hurting Orcs, too.
This isn’t the first game to give players a group of soldiers or followers. In the X-COM series, those soldiers are like paper dolls. Their personality is what the player projects onto them. Death is permanent, and you’re sad to lose people, but you shrug and move on. In the Mass Effect series, players develop relationships with the NPCs and some of them die and sometimes it’s your fault, but there’s still a narrative remove.
The other problem is that the NPCs of Mass Effect and X-COM are heroes, soldiers, and colleagues. There’s camaraderie between them and the player. The orcs of Shadow of War are slaves. The player kidnaps them and uses magic to destroy their free will. They have no choice. Which might be kind of OK if Talion didn’t then constantly treat them like garbage.
He and his wraith companion talk about the orcs as if they were discussing brood mares and racing horses. They compare their relative traits, discuss what might make a good slave—I mean soldier—and then constantly belittle orc culture. I mean, they’re orcs. They eat people, cause chaos, and murder their own, but that doesn’t stop me from empathizing with them.
They constantly belittle Orc culture!
I can’t believe that in 2017, we get a game where the main character is a literal Nazi. Hell, this Talion guy probably would have voted for Trump.
This is highly problematic.
But seriously, can you imagine being so braindead that the treatment of evil, cannibalistic monsters in a video game is troubling you like this? Also, the fact that he felt the need to write this essay probably signals peak-virtue-signal is coming near.
I haven’t played this game, but the reviews are good. I’d buy it just to piss off liberals at this point.