The age of the boycott is over. The age of the “buycott” is beginning.
Game developer Michal Kovarik, creator of the hit game “Factorio,” is seeing a big boost in popularity for his game after he told those attempting to cancel him and his associates to shove their cancel culture into a place where the sun don’t shine.
According to Niche Gamer, it all began once Kovarik posted a “Friday Fact #366,” wherein he recommended you watch the lectures of one Robert Cecil Marin (aka “Uncle Bob”), who discusses programming and project management. However, some had a problem with Marin, not only with his lectures but also the fact that he came with some political baggage:
However, some took issue with the recommendation. Previously, some had taken issue with the “The Manifesto for Agile Software Development” and its principles being too focused on management rather than coding, alleged sexist comments made at a keynote speech in 2009 [1, 2], pro-police attitude, and quoting former US President Donald Trump on “new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance.”
One user on the Factorio subreddit warned Kovarex about recommending Uncle Bob. “I know I know, politics and games don’t mix well,” d40b explained, “but promoting a controversial person without any reservations _is_ a political act.”
“So it might be worth considering to add a disclaimer. His actions and words have hurt a lot of (typically) underrepresented people and I’d personally prefer to avoid more people getting hurt by promoting him.”
Kovarik’s response didn’t mince words.
“Take the cancel culture mentality and shove it up your ass,” he said on a Reddit thread.
The comment has since been deleted by moderators, but the screenshots remain. Moreover, Niche Gamer reported that the thread has now been locked down due to calls for violence. However, before the thread was locked, Kovarik further expounded on his refusal to cave to cancel culture:
“Why am I right wing bigot again, I hear it again and again, and yet, I didn’t hear any reason for that claim.
This clearly shows the weird one dimensional world you see. Everyone is either a friend or an enemy, and we need to decide fast!
All I did is to deny bashing on someones proffessional [sic] work for his political views, I didn’t even know what they are, and somehow, you had to put me on your political axis somewhere, and sicne [sic] your political axis is so full of hate, you assume that I hate you or LBGT+ people, or whatever you don’t like about the other side your axis.
You have to understand, that I’m not from the US, and I’m nowhere on your little axis, I’m not your friend or enemy, I’m just a guy who would like to decouple ideas from people.”
He didn’t stop there either. Kovarik continued to smash the idea of not only cancel culture but also communism by using Stalin as an example:
“If Stalin had a good writeup on programming, would linking that be dangerous, because some people might read it, start liking HIM, thus start liking communism and the ineviteble mass murder that follows it? Is this how little we trust other individuals when it comes to access to information?
“I personally trust my readers to have the ability to create their own opinions instead of blindly following whatever says the person they like.”
The point Kovarik is trying to get across is clear. Boiling people down to their political positions is missing out on who the person is as a whole, and what’s more, not listening to sage advice because you’re afraid that person’s political stances may lead someone to become extremist is sensationalist thinking.
Also, communism murdered millions.
Needless to say, people did not take this line of common sense well, and the cancelation of Kovarik was on…only they failed miserably. As Niche Gamer reported, the positive reviews for “Factorio” have skyrocketed, and players have jumped into the game in droves.
“Factorio” skyrocketed to the 63rd most played game on the online game store, Steam. Moreover, 95 percent of the positive reviews added to the game’s Steam page in the last 30 days have been “Overwhelmingly Positive.”
What that means in sales has yet to be seen, but it’s likely that many have traveled to the game’s page and purchased it as a result.
Kovarik is hardly the first video game developer that the Left has tried to cancel for one reason or another. Mobs from the LGBT community came after “Five Nights at Freddy’s” developer Scott Cawthon when it was discovered that he had donated money to former President Donald Trump. Cawthon announced his retirement shortly after the mobs made death threats toward him and his family and exposing his address.
A much longer campaign to cancel the upcoming game “Six Days in Fallujah” is still being attempted by the Left. “Six Days” is a video game/documentary that allows players to step into the boots of U.S. soldiers during the Iraq war. The game developers interviewed both soldiers and Iraqi civilians who witnessed the battles firsthand, but the Left is attempting to pass this game off as a “war crime simulator” that is openly racist against middle eastern people.
What they’re actually angry about is that it puts a very human face on the American military and gives context to one of the military’s most controversial and tragic stories.