“And then there are also those who are going to care, because they think it’s an attempt to “SJWing” up the game. However you want to put it, people feel that this is an attempt to make their favorite pastime politically correct and some sort of activist political statement on diversity or what have you. It doesn’t mean that the people who feel this way disagree with the things that are being discussed or shown in this particular sequence. All it means is that people feel frustrated when something is clearly an attempted activism. They feel that that it’s fine, you can be an activist for things you believe in, but being an activist in something like gaming might not be the time or place for it and to be fair, I actually find this to be a perfectly reasonable feeling to have.”
I am glad somebody finally pointed this out. Though I think even in games people can and should make political statements if it is important to them (I’d try that too), since this is one of the reasons art exists. The problem lies with how it is done.
I think people are less “mad” about a gay character itself, but rather feel reminded of the obnoxious and whiny moron, who made a fuss because someone dared to use a word he randomly decided to not be “politically correct”.
Most people wouldn’t have a problem with a gay character here and there, but the way it is implemented often just feels weird and/or forced. They feel lectured and as Luke pointed out in his L.A. Noire critique, people don’t like to be lectured. SJWs have created a poisoned atmosphere and alienated people, who would otherwise be on their side. People who start seeing SJW-Agitation literally everywhere.
As I wrote in Racism and Sexism in Games, the controversy about Battlefield 5‘s cover is a good example of this: Female soldiers in WW2 were a rare exception, so it is an obvious reaction for most people to think of it as historically incorrect. And from there it is a small step to think that the reason it is done anyway, are some SJW’s trying to force their ideology upon on them.
Now, I don’t share this opinion. From a neutral perspective, I find it even intriguing seeing WW2 from a woman’s perspective. Also Left Behind is treating this topic absolutely right in my opinion. So too did Horizon Zero Dawn, because there is no special emphasis on Aloy being a woman and you’re just playing a strong, self-confident and determined individual, who just happens to be female. That’s why she doesn’t come across like one of those shallow and awkward quota-women: She is a real character with a justification of being there.
But I can understand when people feel the way they do about scenes like in Left Behind. It is just a counterreaction to the people constantly whining about “gender-equality” when e.g. a TV-Ad displays a disproportionate amount of men or women. It is not only people from “the right” who politicize insignificant nonsense and turn it into a “scandal”, people from “the left” are equally good at it.