A Brief Word About Kingdom Come: Deliverance

If you visit Darkstation, you’ll find my review of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, the debut title from Warhorse Studios. I praised the video game for its ambition and willingness to defy modern RPG mechanics in favor of something with a considerable pen and paper vibe.

Then it was brought to my attention that the studio’s founder, Daniel Vávra, is a GamerGate supporter. That is a “movement” that I cannot abide. One doesn’t have to look very far to see the effects of “ethically minded” people going after women to the point where they are afraid to stay in their homes. I won’t go into detail into this “group,” as you don’t have to go very far to find it online.

This, naturally, made me feel very uncomfortable about my enjoyment of Kingdom Come. I despise how Gamergate treats people and Vávra’s views most certainly do not mirror my own. So from now on, when I say that I enjoy the game, that’s coming from a place that wants to support the 100+ people who spent hours in front of a computer screen coding, editing sound and music, animating, and creating textures. Right now, those are the people who matter the most because of the work they put into the product. Not a studio founder with views I find questionable.

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