pinkiespy - goat spy wrote:
If anything, the politics of mainstream games have gotten more cowardly and shallow. I mean look at how crazy the early AC games were building up to a "take down the powers" ending before they effing ran away from their own thematics. Squeenix in particular used to have stuff going on in their games, but have somehow managed to completely drop the ball of saying anything with Hitman and Deus Ex. Hell their bread and butter went from being… eco-terrorist friendly in 7 to an utter fucking void in 15.
It's generally the monetization schemes ruining games. Shooty games are in battle pass nightmare-hell and if you don't like battle royals, fuck you. Online modes rake in money so fuck expansions. Remakes having cash shops inserted post-launch. And hey, certain games don't actually have complete endings 'cause DLC has to sell. And then there's the corp-mandated live services.
Far as politics and the like goes, I wouldn't be surprised at it being shallow. One could say what they want with Ubisoft in how their games are actually political despite Ubi saying otherwise but I wouldn't be surprised if the whole depth of it was just shallow in ripping from the headlines and taking a theme and not doing much else with it that could go deeper. Then again all I played from them was Watch_Dogs 2 and For Honor and all I can feel with Watch_Dogs 2 was more of how a hypocrite I could be in swatting people despite a mission saying the protag hates swatters. For Squeenix, I can only imagine the eco-terrorist thing can only stay with 7 and its related games but everything else just becomes a re-write like previous games. Then again, I can only know 15 as a long car trip compared to the other games after 7 which likely had more depth.
One other video game related unpopular opinion I got would be some controversies that occurred with games like IRL war crimes in Modern Warfare 2019. I honestly just felt like eh when I heard it compared to others making hot takes on it and thought the whole multiplayer unlockable on white phosphorous was dumb since the games gave you a tactical nuke. Only thing to kinda make it sound more insufferable was bringing up Spec Ops the Line as a comparison which honestly, I can see how that game is great but it all just sounded more like Redditors and Twitter posters going off. I can see how the game had crap writing and with how they handle stuff, it'd no doubt be crap as well. Also gonna include other controversies like pre-release controversies on games like Hogwarts having goblins as key bad guys and CP2077's translady with a big dick ad. I may as well be an ass for not really looking further into them but I felt like the controversies on them sounded like a nothingburger since I couldn't really see goblins in HP as anti-semitic caricatures though I can imagine Rowling screwed up in not giving them more depth and with CP2077, I only assume that since it's a cyberpunk game, it's gonna be an exploitive capitalist society that objectifies everything for profit.
One other thing to include with unpopular opinions I have may as well just be with Last of Us 2 though since this relates more on what I see from Twitter, one could note it's just Twitter but to the point: I wouldn't doubt the game itself looks alright while liking the memes people made like a kid getting punched fat Geralt or the Abby strangles but both sides towards the game itself just end up being the bigger fools in it. Love or hate the game, that's fine. What I find dumb are people going "Cuckman" or raging about Abby with some transphobia on one side and the other side going on how the game is actually great just because it won awards and showing footage that honestly doesn't really make it look any more appealing than other popular third person shooters and the like. I feel like fans and anti-fans (if that can even be a word) for a thing just makes it all look more like two idiots having a slap fight.