Friday, June 8, 2018

Valve is standing up against the moral police

Lately Valve has been under pressure, mostly by SJW game journalists, to start censoring from Steam certain types of games that are deemed, by SJW standards, to be "misogynist" and "racist" and so on. And, in fact, recently Valve caused a bit of controversy by apparently announcing that they would start enacting such policies.

Recently, however, Valve announced in an official blog post that no, they will not censor any games, and that only games that are deemed outright illegal, as well as games that are pure "trolling" (whatever that means), will be excluded from Steam.

Now, I don't know if Valve has done this because they honestly care about free speech and free expression, and because they don't want to become a nanny organization who looks down on their users and makes decisions on their behalf and polices the content available to them... or whether they are doing this purely because of selfish reasons (because, after all, Valve gets a cut for every purchase done through Steam.) Since I have grown extremely cynical of Valve over the last years, I have my suspicions that it's more the latter than the former.

However, in this instance I don't even care if it's the latter. The end result is still the same: Less censorship, more freedom. And that's all that matters. (It's the same as with Valve's refund policy, which they enacted a few years back: It turned out that it was made 100% for selfish reasons, to protect Valve from government lawsuits, rather than Valve caring about their users. In the end, however, it doesn't really matter: What matters is that the end result is beneficial to the consumers.)

Of course the SJW game journos aren't happy about this, and are engaging in their typical childish tantrums, and writing hit pieces about Valve and Steam. Since Valve refuses to toe the line and allow only SJW-approved content, they are now the bad guys, and the SJW keyboard warriors are upset about it.

Let's just hope this lasts. SJW journalists have way too much undeserved influence and power over society, and Valve might still cave into their demands. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

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