Well, honestly, it's been overdue hasn't it? And, I probably should have written this over a week ago when it was still relevant. But, you can hardly say it wasn't coming for the former Neo-Nazi and employer of ripened durians.
But, there's nothing I like more than when someone like Ian Miles Cheong gets something oh so very wrong. So, when he posted this article on his website Gameranx, the backlash was simply glorious. My personal favourite quote from this article is;
"I’ve not yet played HuniePop, but judging from the content of its trailer, the game’s writing verges on 2edgy4u territory"
So, from that, we can surmise that Ian can be found in his nearest Barnes & Noble dismissing any book that might have a hint of a semi naked female form on the front cover. We can also establish that his writing is poorly researched or maybe he's just a little bit scared of cartoon boobies. Lastly, we can assume that Ian has a penchant for chan culture and dank memes.
It turns out that by releasing the patch for nudity in the game that the developers for HuniePop were most definitely not breaching any of the Steam terms of service, there are plenty of games on Steam that include nudity, The Witcher series for example. But, the standard operating procedure of a social justice warrior is to interpret things in a way that seems appealing to them.
But, articles like this one, decrying a game for it's supposed adult content are a step backward for video games as a medium. I can't help but think that if video games were an older form of media then we wouldn't even be having this conversation. As it stands the social justice warriors, alarmists and their ilk are not allowing video games to develop naturally. Let the "bad" things happen and we'll all be better off from having learned from the experience. How are games supposed to mature naturally if they aren't allowed to have tits and ass or dick and fart jokes?
But the single greatest thing to come from this terrible article is the fact that it did the exact opposite of the desired effect. Within hours of this article going up on Gameranx, HuniePop had broken into the top ten best selling games on Steam and would go on to have better sales in a day than the social justice indie darling Gone Home has had in a single day in two years of being available on Steam. If developers and publishers ever needed proof that they don't need the gaming press to approve of them in order to sell their product it's right here. We are #GamerGate, we are the consumer and we are all very much alive.