Mike Pondsmith, the creator of tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020 has responded to criticism against CD Projekt Red's upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Pondsmith says he's tired of it and of people who are telling him what he should be offended by.
Cyberpunk 2077 cinematic trailer featuring Keanu Reeves was the most watched E3 2019 trailer and Cyberpunk 2077 was also the most pre-ordered game during E3 days, along with Final Fantasy VII Remake. However, the game has also been a major talking point all over the internet for some other reasons.
The controversial poster that can be seen in one of the screenshots and the gang named Animals that was apparently made of mostly black characters were reasons for the criticism from some gaming websites and interest groups.
Mike Pondsmith, the creator of Cyberpunk 2020, a tabletop RPG that serves as an inspiration for CD Projekt Red's RPG, responded to some of the criticism via Reddit.
First, he made it clear that he's heavily involved with the creation of the game. "If I wasn't heavily involved, I would be able to get more done. As it is, I barely have a life," Pondsmith explained.
He continued by explaining the background of the Animals gang and how the whole point of them is that they think of themselves as dangerous powerful and wild.
Pondsmith was clearly upset by some comments that have been made in the Reddit post and other chat boards so he made his thoughts very clear on the subject of racism and Animals gang.
"I am really tired of well-meaning people on the internet chat boards paternalistically telling me what I as a black person should be offended by. You want to be my ally? Go gird up your loins and at this year's Thanksgiving dinner have the nerve to tell your racist uncle Bob to STFU for a change," Pondsmith concluded.
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Coming from the creator of Cyberpunk 2020, this response will hopefully clear up a lot of things. Criticism is one thing, but once you bash the game just because it doesn't align with your views and keep telling the man who created the original RPG that it should be better, well, you're in for a classy shutdown, which Mike certainly delivered.
Check his comments here.