SJW video gamers fail to see the irony in supporting “moral censorship”
Twenty-four years ago, a movement began to put ratings on video games in an effort to keep material deemed inappropriate out of the hands of children.
Today, there is a movement to censor video games whose themes are abhorrent to social justice warriors.
Yet, today’s progressive censors are using language eerily similar to what the family values crowd did a generation ago in appealing to moral values.
Take, for instance, Robert Yang, a developer of LGBT video games, who wishes to censor explicit and offensive language from his games’ comment forums on Steam, an online platform and store for video games.
“They’re already picking bad moral norms, they’re already governing,” Yang tweeted in response to an argument that Steam’s open commenting policy is better than the censorship of Google, Twitter and Facebook. He claimed that by refusing to censor comments, Steam was “giving tacit support” to those comments, including ones that offending his morals by calling him a “degenerate.”
At the same time Yang favors censorship based on his morals, he opposes censorship based on the morals of others. Yang has had trouble in the past when trying to distribute his LGBT-themed video games on Steam, whose users and management have debated censoring his video games due to their sexual nature.
Last week, Steam took a stance against censorship by announcing it would allow all video games on its platform, provided that the game did not violate the law.
“If you’re a player, we shouldn’t be choosing for you what content you can or can’t buy. If you’re a developer, we shouldn’t be choosing what content you’re allowed to create. Those choices should be yours to make,” Steam said in a statement.
This is the correct decision for its corporate owner, Valve. When corporations censor content, they inevitably have to decide what material is appropriate and what is not. These decisions have no “right” answer for everyone; people in different parts of the country or with different political views have different standards of appropriate content.
This is why the LGBT community should not be in the business of moral censorship. Pushing for the censorship of material deemed immoral will do far more harm than good to the LGBT community.