Sure, “SJWs” point out harmful societal trends that negatively impact traditionally oppressed groups and working together to remedy them and grow tolerance and equality whereas ignoring these trends and attacking those who try to bring attention to those topics are shameful.
But the shameful who willfully ignore these trends and attack those who try to bring attention to these topics are not just obnoxious, they’re despicable. Reading this article makes it clear that some people really just don’t get it. They’re don’t care if video games get better. They don’t care about preserving the original meaning. They want things to be the same for the sake of tradition. If something is truly offensive to other groups, “who cares” is their response. It’s all about their excitement, their entertainment and their enjoyment.
But an even worse sin: these guys represent the reason why video games are mediocre now. That is, they don’t really understand the complexities in the game’s story. They don’t understand why the writers made the characters. In Final Fantasy, most characters exist to break/challenge the stereotypes. But if you’re fairly conservative, you don’t see characters as anything but stereotypes to confirm a narrow worldview. The author is prime example of this:
A chick in a skin-tight white top with giant breasts. (Objectification!)
Perhaps this is all the author sees. Seeing “a chick in a skin-tight white top with giant breasts” is all there is to Tifa? If he paid attention to Final Fantasy VII’s story, he’d know there’s much more to Tifa than that. Despite what she looks like.
A sweet flower girl who is killed off just to advance the story. (Women in Refrigerators!)
…wut? I guess “Women in Refrigerators” refers to this concept. Either way, even in death Aerith was willing to save the day by summoning Holy. When Cloud goes berserk and starts beating Aerith, what will the author think?
A guy with a massive phallic symbol for a weapon. (Patriarchy!)
If that’s what he sees…
But he’s anticipating what “SJW”s might say. Well, the crazier ones at least. If there’s any other symbolism behind the Buster Sword, he’d miss it anyway. I don’t think he “got” the original game.
An extended sequence where the player crossdresses as a joke. (Transphobia!)
This scene is ridiculously childish and throws off the game, but it stays (much to the author’s gloat). Only because “that’s a part of the original game”, despite if someone’s offended. However, Cloud isn’t making a statement about his true gender. It isn’t transphobia. Crossdressing isn’t transgenderism.
An insensitive portrayal of a gay bathhouse. (Homophobia!)
Not that the author cares if it’s insensitive or not. He’s essentially mocking the idea that it should matter.
A white girl who was a ninja even though she wasn’t Japanese. (Cultural appropriation!)
Yuffie’s white? Most people would assume that with a surname such as “Kisaragi”, she’d be Japanese. Then again, these racial concepts don’t really apply in a fantasy setting, or given credence in a Japanese game. Either way, it’s not like all ninjas have to be Japanese, as if it’s in their genes. But who are we kidding, this guy probably does think that. He probably doesn’t care about the difference between Chinese and Japanese. And the author would still be mad at Yuffie either way. If Yuffie were white, it signifies a white girl would don’t want to embrace her heritage/identity.
Interestingly enough, he left out Barret. Before Social Justice Warrioring became an acronym, people complained about Barret’s portrayal. But not the author. Why is this? Either because he can’t defend the portrayal, or thinks it’s perfectly accurate for a black man. Or he can’t remember Barret. Or he wants to forget there will be black people in the remake of the game. Anything could go. I can’t speak for him, but a lot of racists don’t believe people of color should be heroes. They’d rather leave them out altogether.
Game developers will think “why try hard to make a story with an in-depth and diverse cast”? Why indeed? People are too stupid to look past appearances. In this sense, we’re liable to get the same story each and every time. And something similar just wouldn’t be Final Fantasy.