If you grew up with the Nintendo 64, like I did, you probably have fond memories of its classic 3D platformers. While some of the later ones did go a bit overboard with the collect-a-thon aspect of the genre, 3D platformers nonetheless enjoyed a golden age on the N64. After the legendary Super Mario 64, the most beloved N64 3D platformer was probably Banjo-Kazooie, made by Rare back when the company was one of the best in the business. Moreover, Rare made plenty of other great 3D platformers for the N64 as well, games like Donkey Kong 64, Conker’s Bad Fur Day and the BK sequel Banjo-Tooie.
Given how beloved many of Rare’s N64 platformers were, coupled with the sad decline of Rare after they were acquired by Microsoft (the Xbox 360 Banjo sequel was not very well received by fans), the Crowdfunding project Yooka-Laylee understandably generated lots of excitement. Developed by Playtonic Games, which boasts several Rare veterans within its ranks, the game was hyped up as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and other classic Rare platformers. Unsurprisingly, the Kickstarter for the game was funded to the tune of 2 million pounds.
Already this might remind you of another eagerly anticipated crowdfunded game, namely Mighty No. 9. That game generated tons of excitement early on by promising to be a spiritual successor to the classic Mega Man sidescrollers, guided by Keiji Inafune himself, who was often erroneously referred to as “The Father Of Mega Man.” However, MN9 ended up being a complete Flop, both critically and commercially.
While there are many reasons Mighty No. 9 failed so miserably, becoming tainted by the stench of Social Justice certainly did it no favors. And make no mistake, while the influence of Comcept’s SJW community manager Dina Karam was disputed at the time of the original controversy, it has later been proven that she DID work behind the scenes to inject SJW garbage into the game. Suffice to say that this never bodes well for the finished product.
Sadly, Yooka-Laylee also proved to be compromised by SJWs, and in this case it even took the form of content being removed, not added. Popular YouTuber JonTron had been voicing a minor character in the game, but after he spoke out against the anti-white, misandrist SJWs, his contribution to the game was purged. However, it was Playtonic’s statement on the controversy that really showed their true colors:
We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron’s personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers.
So in the name of “diversity”, JonTron got axed for having different political opinions than the Playtonic SJWs. See, they’re focused on making a game that EVERYONE can enjoy – except of course people that oppose Muslim mass immigration, support men’s rights or in any other way lean to the right. It was as perfect a summary of the SJW definition of Diversity as I’ve ever heard.
The hypocrisy and intolerance of this decision, not to mention the revelation that Playtonic was infested by SJWs, generated a huge controversy, very similar to the scandal that gave Mighty No. 9 such a black eye early on during its development. You even had Mister Metokur (aka Internet Aristocrat, the guy who blew up the Dina Disaster in the first place) make a video about the Yooka-Laylee scandal, and just how poorly Playtonic was handling it:
Now the reviews for the game are finally out, and surprise surprise, another game made by SJWs/SJW Allies proves to be a big, fat disappointment. While the game may or may not be quite as terrible as MN9 (we’ll have to wait for the User Reviews to get a better picture of that), it clearly falls pitifully short of the N64 classics that it will inevitably be compared to. As for me, I was already going to Boycott this game after the whole JonTronGate thing, despite having previously looked forward to it .
Fortunately, it turns out I’m not missing out on much!
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