I can agree on that but in that case I’d argue a cyberpunk-themed game is exactly the kind of game where criticism concentrating on gender and inclusivity is on point, because identity and oppression are at the core of the theme. If a studio doesn’t want to engage on these topics while making a cyberpunk game, well…don’t market it as cyberpunk, because you’ll expose yourself to that, as it’s a genre that’s heavily politicised and prime for controversy by essence.
I can totally get that constant controversy can get very tiring - and from all sides. But in that particular case, it’s a goddamn cyberpunk game. In this particular context I would say that nothing appeared forced to me. But again, that’s me and just me.
I am always amused that my scathing reddit comments about I think how regular city-builders are bad games that perpetuate an ideology of accelerated gentrification and limitless growth always sink to the bottom of the pile while whenever I talk about something I find slightly sexist I get tons of angry gamer attention. Weird, weird, isn’t it…
(Disclaimer : I am not targeting anyone on this site with the “angry gamer” comment. Just so that it’s clear. You’re all nice folks, even those I disagree with and I mean that most sincerely.)
EDIT : Yeah, one thing to add. I don’t think that the “culture war” in gaming is a reality but even if it was true - it would be a two-sided thing. RPS weren’t the ones complaining that the women in MK11 weren’t sexy enough or that having a transgender option in Cyberpunk 2077 was a scandal.
(Not targeting anyone in particular either here - just a general observation.)
Anyway, have a good day, all of you. Apologies if I sometimes sound scathing or anything. Probably real life pouring in.