Xbox Exec Praises Devs for Releasing Games Amid 'Cancellation' Culture

Xbox Exec Praises Devs for Releasing Games Amid ‘Cancellation’ Culture

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Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer puts the joys of gaming into motion with the flow Despair in the world after accepting the Andrew Yoon Legend Award at The 12th New York Game Awards Tuesday night. He also praised the creators who are still unleashing their “visions” of the world in the “current culture of criticism and cancellation,” a loaded line at a time when debates rage over the ethics of boycotting certain games like Hogwarts Legacy.

“As world builders, our greatest responsibility is to inspire and invite joy,” Spencer said He said. Veteran CEO who has led multiple Microsoft gaming acquisitions from Maine Craft To Bethesda, about what gaming meant to him growing up, and about the increasing difficulty of getting back to that in the modern world. “It feels like the pursuit of joy is an act of defiance,” he said.

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We, all here today, all our teams around the world, we are all part of creating this echo of joy effect. our creators who bravely and deliberately unleash their worldviews, especially in today’s culture of criticism and cancellation; our players who have bravely and deliberately made time for our games to invite, rest, and rejuvenate their lives; and business leaders. We are called upon to find the courage to protect and nurture this collective joy.

While the CEO of Microsoft Gaming was one Candid lawyer To make Xbox more A diverse and comprehensive force In the gaming world, the line about “the current culture of criticizing and canceling” could be interpreted as a whistle “against waking up,” and strikes an unusual note at a time when more and more developers and gamers expect game companies to be responsible for political opinions And Moral shortcomings.

Just last month, Microsoft was in the process of promoting Justin Roiland’s comedy shooter and Squanch Games high on life. Even company Roiland interview He later praised the game as The biggest arcade game general launch. But last week, it was revealed that Rick and Morty The co-creator was facing Two counts of felony domestic violence As of 2020, Squanch Games has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit a year ago in 2019.

Cancel culture can be just as easily applied to the debate currently unfolding between some gamers and content creators over whether they can support transgender rights and keep buying Hogwarts Legacy. Although JK Rowling, who is currently Waging a crusade against trans women, and their lack of participation in the game, the author still collects royalties from licensing and it is impossible to separate him from the largest Harry Potter Brand.

One of the game’s voice actors, Sebastian Croft, Recently apologized To anyone who is offended by the announcement of their participation in the game. The game developers at Avalanche Software have also sought to distance themselves from Rowling, and have included a Transgender option in character creator. studio too Parted ways with one developer on his YouTube videos containing GamerGate support and other controversial opinions.

It’s not clear whether Spencer meant to address people who hold game creators guilty by association in some cases, to point out that game creators are sometimes unfairly criticized and in bad faith, or whether he was referring to how easily developers can become targets for harassment from Before that. – Called fans and players.

Microsoft also wouldn’t be the only company to benefit indirectly from Rowling’s work with it Hogwarts Legacy. The game will be available on PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC as well. Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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