Yesterday, Steam fucked up and pulled Hatred from the their Greenlight program. The pussies who made this decision were treated as heroes by the SJW press, as the victim chorus on Twitter celebrated the censorship. I was going to write an editorial about it later this week. I didn’t figure there was a huge rush. It’s not like Steam was going to reverse their decision the very next day. As you can see by the headline, I made a slight miscalculation. Hatred just got restored to Greenlight. The anti-GamerGate morals police just lost yet another battle.
I gotta say, this is pretty cool to see. But it’s still at least a little surprising, given that was taken. Here’s the quote the toady Steam representative gave to the Hatred developers about the original decision to remove the game from Greenlight:
“We wanted you guys to know that based on what we see on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we’ll be taking it down.”
One day later, Steam is in full retreat. They’ve also stayed silent on their reasoning. I guess when you offend gamers this fucking badly, it might be better to just silently restore the game. Still, I think they owe us some sort of explanation. I’m not saying anyone has to be fired, or even named. But, we need to know the rationale for this. It was an blatant attack on the mostly deeply held beliefs of our community. While I’m very happy to see they relented, we need answers. I’m hopeful that Steam will offer them within the next few days.
To me, the whole episode just illustrates the power of gamers. As consumers, we rose up, and made our voices heard. This riled up everyone. A lot of voices from outside our movement were pissed about this attack as well. The fact that SJWs, and their accomplices in the agenda media, were cheering this attack on our hobby, says all you need to know about their mentality. These elitists don’t speak for their audience. I’m not even defending all the content in the game. I’m not denouncing it, either. My thoughts on the matter are simple.
I think there should be far fewer barriers on the mainstream games we’re allowed to play, not more. Given the events of the last two days, I would say that most gamers agree. Steam made a huge mistake, and owes us answers. But at least they reversed their disgraceful position quickly. Long story short, the SJW goon squad loses again. GamerGate keeps rolling, and the hits keep coming.
UPDATE: Here’s Steam kingpin Gabe Newell addressing the matter, in a letter to Destructive Creations boss Jaroslaw Zielinski:
Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn’t up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn’t a good decision, and we’ll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.
Good luck with your game