The ongoing fight between companies and streamers over gender politics has reached the world of video games. "HeelvsBabyface" YouTuber Az recently went on a rant about how "woke" culture is creeping into the entertainment business, including video games. The rant started when a screen in the new RPG game "Starfield" from Bethesda asked players what names they used. Az's angry rant hit a nerve with many gamers who are sick of having the left's message pushed on them in every part of their lives.
Shots Have Been Fired Between Studios and Streamers as Gender Politics Hits Video Games https://t.co/f1aesRuNgw
— RedState (@RedState) September 4, 2023
But "Starfield" isn't the only thing that has people talking. Guy Beahm, who is known as Dr. Disrespect and has a lot of fans, is also involved in the fight. In a recent clip, Dr. Disrespect saw that Pete Hines, who is in charge of publishing for Bethesda, described his pronouns as "he/him." Dr. Disrespect started to wonder about the point of the game and the business as a whole because of this small detail that didn't seem important. It turns out that Dr. Disrespect was not hired by Bethesda because of his "past controversies."
Dr Disrespect claimed Bethesda / Starfield didn’t want to work with him due to “past controversies”
— Geeks + Gamers (@GeeksGamersCom) September 3, 2023
So, what were these disagreements about? In June, Dr. Disrespect agreed with Nickmercs, a fellow streamer, who had said that leftist campaigners were getting in the way of children. Because of this, Call of Duty, which had been working with Nickmercs, took the streamer's image out of their game. Dr. Disrespect backed Nickmercs in public and even swore he would never play Call of Duty again. This move got a lot of support from gamers who were sick of activist groups trying to teach kids what to think.
Concerning is the fact that Bethesda is on the side of LGBT activists and won't work with Dr. Disrespect because of his view that kids should be left alone. It shows that the business cares more about pushing a political agenda than about protecting children and listening to what parents want. Even though this controversy might not stop "Starfield" from being a best-seller, it will hurt Bethesda's image and make some customers go elsewhere.
At the end of the day, this fight between studios and streamers will only make streamers like Dr. Disrespect more famous. Gamers are sick of hearing leftist ideas all the time, so they are looking to streamers who feel the same way. Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for the entertainment business to stop putting political agendas ahead of good content.