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The alt-right is upset about a conversation between Nazis in ‘Wolfenstein 2’

So much for the tolerant left.

Jul 28, 2017, 4:36 pm*

Internet Culture

Jay Hathaway 

Jay Hathaway

Wolfenstein II,  a video game set in an alternate, Nazi-ruled 1960s America, has severely pissed off the white nationalist alt-right, and it’s not even out yet. After seeing the trailer, racists have decried the game as “anti-White propaganda” with “Black Lives Matter overtones.” Well, wait until they get a load of this scene, shared on Twitter by Polygon’s Nick Robinson:

Robinson describes the conversation, which the player can overhear before stealthily executing two Nazi guards, as a “‘so much for the tolerant left’ convo.” He’s referring to a meme where various flavors of bigots, when called out on their bigotry, accuse critics of being “intolerant.” The Nazis in this scene deliver a blatant parody of this ubiquitous part of 2017’s internet political discourse.

“How can they promote violence toward us just because we have a different point of view?” wonders one of the characters, an actual Nazi. In a society where many people believe calling someone “racist” is worse than actually being racist, this is trenchant stuff.

Robinson calls it “my favorite video game thing I’ve seen in a long time.”

The replies to him, from people who didn’t find the dialogue particularly funny, add another layer of entertainment. There’s some irony being missed, here.

https://twitter.com/vromnc/status/890634307877785600

https://twitter.com/based_aqua/status/890675191579238401

https://twitter.com/LuFalcony/status/890852415582371840

https://twitter.com/agentbluebarrry/status/890963835149983744

This might be the most divisive scene in the game, though. Its developers told The Verge it was meant to be “timeless,” not a commentary on current U.S. politics. Still, said creative director Jens Matthies, “Every once in a while, you can’t resist slipping a joke or two about the state of the world.”

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*First Published: Jul 28, 2017, 4:16 pm