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Politieke correctheid in videogames

Politieke correctheid. Volgens Wikipedia ‘een term voor voorzichtig taalgebruik over onderwerpen die politiek gevoelig liggen, om belediging (van met name minderheden) te voorkomen.’ Southpark maakte de PC tot onderwerp van kritische reflectie in hun meest recente, 19e seizoen. Het Rijksmuseum vermijdt voortaan woorden als ‘negers’, ‘hottentotten’ en ‘eskimo’s’  in hun collectieomschrijving. Ikzelf schreef al eerder over politiek correct taalgebruik binnen de transgender-discussie, aangezwengeld door celebrity Caitlyn Jenner. En over Zwarte Piet zwijg ik gewoon.

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‘The Word Became Flesh’: Skull Face’s parasites

‘The Word became flesh.’ Skull Face, main antagonist of Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, quotes these four words from the opening chapter of the Gospel according to John. In his hands he holds a parasite, which becomes active when the ‘carrier’ speaks a specific language. Speaking English, German or whatever programmed language leads to certain doom and death.

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Killing children: the last taboo

Metal Gear Solid V. The Phantom Pain (2015) is praised for its ability to adress mature themes in its narrative. Developer and living legend Hideo Kojima expressed explicitly his whish to do so. And he succeeded: I have found an almost bare naked woman worrior (Quite), bombs hidden in a vigina, child soldiers, forced labor, mutilation, love, revenge, betrayel, and so on. But one taboo seems to have been too great and strong to break, even for Kojima. You cannot kill children.

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