Sledgehammer Games have recently released a statement defending their choice to “censor” the Nazi Flags/Banners due to them containing the Nazi symbol, the Swastika. This is total BS, and here’s why.
A quick note: I predict this Nazi flag and soldier fiasco is just a PR stunt, and as time goes on, changes will be made to move more units.
Now, a quick qualifier: If you live in a country like Deutschland (Germany) or some Buddhist countries, possibly Australia as well. You know that certain Nazi memorabilia and or imagery is banned, illegal, or punishable by Court of Law. In these countries, Sledgehammer gets a pass as COD has had a long history of changing their game to fit in with “Da Rulez”.
So let’s start off with the big point straight from the article it question. Call of Duty WW2 will feature Nazi flags in its campaign to preserve accuracy, as well as be placed in a “tasteful manner”… in so far as the Nazi flag can be considered “tasteful”. Personally, I think the Nazi Swastika looks like a Fidget spinner, but I digress. In Multiplayer, however, the flags will be censored to:
“…multiplayer and zombies players, we’ve chosen deliberately not to include that [Swastika]. We want the community to play together. We want to be respectful of local customs and laws around the world. And frankly it’s a dark symbol with a lot of emotion behind it we don’t feel matches our multiplayer experience…”
Are they fucking nuts! Respect? Play well together? Does Sledgehammer even know what online multiplayer is in CoD? Sweaty hordes of mouth-breathing teenagers, having aneurysms because some twitchy fuck shot them from a corner. In a game where a guy named “Pussyslayer xXx” and his best friend “Sgt. BigNutz(420)” can spin in a circle and snipe you across a map without using a scope is heralded by profanity and bigotry. Yet these guys have the audacity to say the Swastika could make for an unsafe gaming experience? Ever seen videos like this one? Yes, this really happens with CoD players online.
Oh and zombies, zombies!! Where are all the zombies? They’re currently playing CoD, the poor little fucks. Gotta throw in Zombies, with Easter eggs so complex you should put it on a job application for a computer company. Zombies with a plot, because there’s so much good content in “Shoot Zombies… again”. Yeah, God forbid an undead Nazi sees the symbol used to decimate some 60 million people and suddenly gets really depressed. If I’m starting to sound like an Aryan Brotherhood member keep in mind, that this is what CoD has become. Call of Duty is now so Politically Correct they have to decided to side with the Skinheads.
This next part is the worst of it though. Sledgehammer is afraid of damaging the sensitive material of the world’s greatest atrocity. They’re afraid some snowflakes (I can’t believe I’m actually using that term) are going to be offended by a Swastika. You know what? Fuck that. If you come forward and Say CoD WW2 was debilitating and you feel scared for your life seeing a Swastika. You better have a six digit tattoo on your arm, and be around 70 years old. If you’re not, you deserve to be triggered, you deserved to be scared. Nazi’s were evil people that did horrible things. Some defected while trying to help to right the wrongs, sure. But as a whole, you could drown a Nazi in a shallow pool of his own piss, and no one would bat an eye. If you don’t want to see a Swastika, don’t buy the game. It’s as simple as that. Don’t censor it for everyone because you can handle the dark truth.
Now let’s move one to the next issue. The black female Sturmtruppe. Yes, in CoD WW2. A game that is pushing the “historical accuracy” harder then a Constipated fat-guy passing a kidney stone, you can be a black Nazi Female soldier. Now, while Hitler did in fact call for total war in 1944. Demanding that every man woman and child shed their blood for the motherland. And while I don’t want to be killing children, even for the sake of “Historical Accuracy”. And yes, female Nazi’s were a thing, they just served as more militia than Wehrmacht.
There were, historically speaking, women in combat during the second great war. The French resistance, the British SAS, the Occupied Polish forces all used Female soldiers and spies. There’s even an excellent novel on the subject titled“Femme Fatale: A history of women in warfare” for the buffs out there.
Women also weren’t only nurses or mechanics. There were women snipers, medics, front line troops, Intel officers, communicators (telegraph, radio, etc.), there were even spies and saboteurs. Now, if we were playing a map of occupied Paris and there was a female option for a character, okay. That did happen, and same for Warsaw. If a British Spy option gave off a female option, great. Just like if the Americans had African-American options. Or the British Indian, Ghurka, of Australian troops. But for the Germans, I expect Germanic people. So basically white dudes.
The Germans weren’t known at the time for their “inclusive” morals. They treated black people as subhuman or worse. It’s just not right, accurate, or even okay to suggest otherwise. Now, I better not hear any shit from anyone when I say, “Didn’t Battlefield 1 have Black Germans too?” Yes they did, and I didn’t let that slide either. The Nazi’s had a plan to systematically enslave, breed, and kill black people like cattle. Because they thought they weren’t good enough. Why the fuck would they give them a gun? Is this really the point we are at right now?
Yet, in this CoD multiplayer experience, people want to play as their “real life” avatar in the trenches of one of the worse wars in history. Yet apparently, seeing a Nazi symbol is tragic, scarring, and an issue. Except, portraying the Nazi’s as having black people is perfectly fine? Ah yes, we went to war because the Nazi’s were trying to desegregate the world.
Sledgehammer says they don’t want teenagers to feel bad about being Nazi’s. So by taking away symbols, accuracy, and logic and the truth, suddenly that makes it better. Let me spell it out for you plainly. No. It. Fucking. Doesn’t.
Playing as the German faction in one or two multiplayer matches will not turn you into a Goose-Stepping Aryan, or make you buy “Mein Kampf”. This is why I suspect this fiasco is all a PR stunt. If we start doing this revisionist history crap, our youth will never know why the Nazi’s were bad. Why what they did was evil, and the world teamed up against them to shut them down. They won’t know why all the steps we’ve made so far in this world have been so influential. These are Nazi’s, they’re bad guys. They would shoot you if your head wasn’t the correct proportions on an arbitrary chart. We shouldn’t coddle them, nor the people who play them. It didn’t hurt in Battlefield 1942, nor in all the CoD before this point. It certainly won’t hurt to do it now. The famous quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” exists for a reason.
In the end this is all just pandering to a select crowd. Maybe Sledgehammer is afraid of the SJW crowd. Perhaps they drank the kool-aid and let some of those Brianna Wu types on board. Maybe they legitimately planned this, in which case this would be really terrifying. If CoD is going to keep this censorship up and allow for the daily bullshit to continue online just to keep a few idiots quiet. Then I invite them to step down and stop making video games. It’s the only solution to someone who is trying to make the Nazi supporters “friendly”.
Bethesda’s Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is going to allow me to put and end to future Nazi’s with a Minigun that fires shotgun-shells. Yet CoD won’t even let me kill a Nazi now. Maybe this will be the last CoD game (as unlikely as that is). Maybe it’s time we take this tired, run out franchise out back behind the barn and put it down. I don’t want to know what the next level down from “We made Nazi’s less offensive” is if we let this continue. It would probably a game where the Khmer Rouge were just misunderstood.
This opinion piece is is written by Park Robinson and doesn’t necessarily represent those at Coin-Drop.com