It’s only February and already a new trend is emerging in the gaming press where key expressions are used for virtue signaling their like-minded game developing friends while shaming gamers.
This non-exhaustive list of expressions is based on IGN’s reviews of indie darlings like Firewatch and The Witness; which respectively got 9.3/10 and 10/10, as well as their Nintendo Voice Chat podcast hosted by someone featured in Feminist Frequency’s 25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male.
It’s a MATURE game:
The literal translation of this is this is progressive propaganda and if you don’t embrace it you are not an adult and just a child and no one wants to be a child, right?
It’s a fantastic EXPERIENCE:
When you read these words, you know you’re in for a walking simulator with no compelling gameplay feature.
It’s a great LOCALIZATION:
Be ready to play a censored game where the bits considered offensive by the neo-puritan, sex negative, activist diaspora have been removed.
It’s filled with BELIEVABLE characters:
This implies that one of the lead characters is female and that you have at least one openly LGBTQP+ character in the game and that this one single trait is the most important.
It’s very INNOVATIVE storytelling:
Used in this manner, you can be assured you are playing a mobile game that should be nowhere near a home console; you can expect the gameplay to be rudimentary and really uninspired.