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The 'Cancel Far Cry 5' petition is almost certainly a hoax

By midian182 · 14 replies
May 31, 2017
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  1. From the moment that first artwork arrived showing the white, nationalist cult/militia bad guys, we just knew Far Cry 5 would face controversy. A few days ago, a Change.org petition called ‘Cancel Far Cry 5’ went up. The racist nature of the piece has garnered a lot of attention, but the whole thing is almost certainly a satirical hoax.

    Like the previous Far Cry games, this open world shooter sees the player face off against some angry locals. But unlike the earlier titles, which are set in exotic locations like the Himalayas and Africa, this fifth entry takes place in the US state of Montana. Portraying gun-loving pseudo-Christians as the bad guys hasn’t gone down well with certain people, so hearing that a petition had been started by what appeared to be far-right conservatives wasn’t all that surprising.

    Reading the first few lines, the hateful rantings look real enough. It uses terms like degenerates and miscegenators, and even mentions Gamergate. But when listing the “crap” that gamers have had to endure over the years, the author includes: “the continued rejection of romantic partners when they find out our hobby.” The next paragraph references that great philosopher, Boltaire (yes, Boltaire), which seems like more than just a typo. Moreover, the quote itself is probably not from Voltaire, but from white supremacist Kevin Alfred Strom.

    There are also suggestions to change the setting to Canada, the antagonists to “inner city gangs” or Muslims, and throw some “blacks” or “Mexicans” in with the bad guys, along with threats of “violent repercussions” to Ubisoft if they fail to change the game.

    While there are plenty of people who hold these sort of racist beliefs and aren’t afraid to express them, it’s very hard to believe that this petition came from such a person.

    Interestingly, Ubisoft has since released an expanded version of the original poster (top) showing a black member of the cult (sitting second from right).

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,004   +3,415

    Hmmmmmmmmm ...... always interesting, even when it's boring! LOL
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  3. A game about routing a Muslim cult would actually be pretty edgy.

    Unlike Ubisoft.
    Agnomen and psycros like this.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    "Portraying gun-loving pseudo-Christians as the bad guys hasn’t gone down well with certain people"

    With who exactly? trolls? 1 out of every 100,000 people? people who didnt watch enough to realize that even Christianity is fighting the cult? (last one sounds like you too author)
    Why create controversy where none exists? I see 10000 more comments saying "lol conservatives so butthurt" than I do comments that even acknowledge a possible controversy.
    liammac002, TomSEA and psycros like this.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,298   +2,762

    Well, this very picture in itself is clearly the Last Supper parody.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,578   +2,298

    I had to look up "miscegenators." Their what George Jefferson would have referred to as "zebras".
  7. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,096   +1,260

    I grew up in the country, this game looks awesome!
    Everyone gets offended so easily now, bunch of soft millennial pansies.
  8. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,141   +609

    Isn't that the premise of a couple CoD/'modern shooter' games, or did I miss the sarcasm?
  9. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,718   +613

    I signed it 5 times and didn't need to show any ID.
  10. Drew Morales

    Drew Morales TS Rookie

    -___- I hope Ubisoft doesn't pander to all these overly sensitive morons. They ruin everything.
  11. It's not. No AAA studio on the planet has the balls to make a shooter where you kill Koran-thumping jihadis. Closest they've come to that was back in the early to mid 2000s with "terrorists," and the premise had little to do with Islamic conquest. Those were all themed around would-be dictators and murderous dissidents.
    EClyde and USAvenger like this.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    Not just edgy but also very popular.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    When it comes to making moolah, why take any notice of some peoples sensitivity? To hell with them, just go ahead.
    davislane1 likes this.
  14. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,718   +613

    they don't want their brethren, blues news panty waists and the like coming down on them. And you know people hate to apologize
  15. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 846   +349

    Well I have heard some fellow Montanan's basically more excited the game is set here then anything else. I bet if the local news picked up what the game was about and ran some stories the old folk would get pissed, but that's all they seem to do anymore so who cares.

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