I’m going to go slightly out of character here and address a plethora of flags I’ve received between two sides of this debate.
On a nearly daily basis, myself and the other moderators are either tasked with removing threads which outright have insulted/demeaned/mocked Geabox’s stance on inclusiveness. Or in some instances received direct PMs laced with pejorative terms due to our decision to refuse to allow derogatory terms towards certain groups.
Gearbox have done their best over the years to make a wide array of characters which represent their player base. Not only for the value that has intrinsically to a player, but also for the good character design that diversity allows for and promotes.
And here we are, once again tightening the noose around the good guys. Attempting to find an instance of cultural appropriation in something as mild as a change in gradient is where we start losing touch with what this is all about.
I genuinely hope that those who may have made an allegation recognize that tripping up companies who’ve made strides against the generic mono-structure of protagonist expectations is counter productive. The accusations will pile up against Gearbox, and they’ll do their best to remedy something that they were never responsible for perpetrating in the first place, out of nothing more than a moral obligations to their fans.
Bring Gearbox to the gibbet if you please. But when we’re left with nothing but those who couldn’t give a damn about a genuinely good issue, I suggest we remember who the executioners were all along.
The internet as a whole is a vitriol filled mess of politics and partisan crap. Where everyone finds some reason to divide and seemingly no one finds a reason to come together. This is a place that can genuinely be devoid of that. A little nook where a bunch of us can dream up fantastical worlds where the heroes take on Hyperion and win, and Rendain has his days numbered.
But no. We seek to dredge up the same issues that we can find in any other crevice of the internet?
We’ve got something good here folks, lets not muck this up by letting the sludge seeping over the levies of the rest of the web actually begin affecting us.
I’m going to leave all the comments on the matter up, but that is the end of it. Any FURTHER comments should be in their own individual threads.
I truly hope we as users reflect on our choice of words when we choose to field accusations.