A few days ago, I said that I really liked the flying mounts and cylinder cities of Gor and thought they'd be fun to play in. Immediately, a torrent of people came crying, “You promote rape culture.” Well, not a torrent, just three, but they were very persistent :)
Now, had I said, “I really loved the bondage in Gor, let’s use it to play with kids,” their arguments would have had merit. Bondage is certainly not for kids and I imagine even many adults find it offensive. However, this is not what I said. What I said was, “let’s leave the bondage and sex aside, and take from this source what we can use, namely very cool bird mounts, unique city design and insect overlords.”
Big birds, big buildings and big bugs; this is only offensive if you have a problem with pointless alliteration.
Now, I imagine the very mention of Gor is offensive to some people. Fair enough. Don’t use this word. I never said you should play Gor, now did I? Only that it would be fun to burrow some aspects of it. Call it Lor, call it “birds and towers,” call it “how I stopped worrying about priest-kings and learned to love golden beetles.” Whatever floats your boat.
Saying no element of an adult work can inspire a game for children, would kill a huge part of our children’s literature and cinema. Anything Biblical? Kill – incest and bigotry. Anything from Arabian Nights? Kill – erotica and slavery. Anything from WWII? Kill – Nazism and genocide. Anything Medieval? Kill – crusades and witch-burning.
|You do not want to know what these two did in the original version... |
If you did, you would not ride a magic carpet ever again!
For example, 300 is definitely not for kids. Using it to design a jump and stab attack with a spear? Awesome. Friday the 13th is 101% not for kids. A mysterious villain in a scary hokey mask? Full of win. La blue girl OMG! TOTALLY NOT FOR KIDS! a funny talking cat companion? adorable.
In short, if we ignore an entire source because of one aspect which is not suitable, we narrow our vision to a tiny, boring point. Why not take the best of everything, leave out the worst, and just have better and richer games for it? I mean, if a work of questionable moral value has this one amazing, innocent, wonderful NPC just begging to be rescued from all this filth and adventure in your clean and lovely world, would you deny him*?
*This was a joke. If NPCs are talking to you, please consult a trained professional.
|"Let me see. A genuine African native," Mickey murmured. "Perhaps I should start showing him off."|
This is also Disney...
NOTE: you may agree or disagree with me, but please don't float. Making your point once is enough :)