So you get home from work late, feeling more than a little fried, and you know that the only thing that will cheer you up is some imaginary gladiator managing. So you get ready to fire up Domina, your favorite gladiator management simulation. But first you take a look at the patch notes for the beta version’s most recent update.
“Huh,” you say to yourself, “they finally fixed that thing where the charioteer stopped whipping his horse in the second race. And they’ve optimized the dust rendering! But wait, what’s this strange anti-mask rant right here in the middle of the patch notes?”
TAKE OFF THE FCKN MASKS – Next time you’re at the grocery store, try showing a woman your face. Be confident, unafraid of the LIES — you might get a girlfriend. Women like confidence. Women don’t like dudes who cover their faces in fear. What are you afraid of? Getting laid? Grow up.
Thankfully, the developer did not continue on to offer his favorite grocery store pickup lines. (After all, nothing will ever beat the classic “excuse me, how can I tell if these melons are fresh?”)
But the mask thing isn’t just strange but it’s also a teensy bit ironic, given that GLADIATORS MORE MASKS. Not all of them, but a lot of them. Theirs were made of metal, not cloth, and designed to keep opponents from stabbing them in the face instead of keeping out the spittle of strangers, but they were still masks.
It turns out that this isn’t the first time this dude decided to treat game players to a rant in the patch notes. In an update from last year (which someone on the internet dug up after people started talking about the latest rant) the distinctly Red Pilled dev railed against “weak men.”
there’s no accounting for weak men. weak men lack character. strong moral fibre is hard to come by. it’s earned through hard work and sacrifice and it cannot be had via onlyfans or pornhub. no, those fuckin’ things are demonic posessions waiting to show you a succubus tiddy in the hopes you’ll waste a load on her instead of spending that energy studying how to weld or grow a potato or learning a new language or how to program a computer.
I’ve got to give him a point for the succubus reference; maybe he’s been reading old Mammoth posts.
listen, kids … get off them porntubes and do something with your life becuase no one is gonna give you a goddamned thing and this whole mess we call civilization is only getting harder. we need solutions and we need smart men who can work hard and implement those solutions. masturbating to egirls isn’t gonna solve the energy crisis is it? get to work.
Then he relented a little.
.. or play video games and have a relax and then get to work, fresh, tomorrow. i can’t possibly know whats best for you in your individual situation.
really… don’t let strangers on the internet tell you how to live your life. if you want to be told how to live your life, read the new testament. the internet will only give you lies.)
These rants were so unexpected and off-putting that an angry internet mob rose up as one to cry foul — mostly by giving the game more than a thousand bad reviews on Steam. (Right wingers don’t really have any grounds to complain about this, though, as it is what they themselves do every time a game or a movie they think is too “woke” comes out.)
If you were hoping that the developer would come forward with an apology, nope! Instead he took to Twitter to continue his little culture war.
I thought the right wing #GamerGate types wanted to keep politics out of games — that’s what they kept telling us, anyway. Could it be that they were lying?
Anyway, here are some more gladiators with masks, just because
Ok, that last one was an American Gladiator. And that’s not really a full mask. But you get the idea.
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