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Political Protests Erupted In Black Desert Online
The 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests were the culmination of decades of economic inequality, resulting in a movement which tore down the veil over the unfair class system of modern consumerism. The 2016 Black Desert Online protests were basically the same thing, but with more elves. It might read like a crappy Netflix original film written by an accused sexual predator, but these virtual protests truly happened, and were spawned by genuine grievances about class inequality.
In 2016, Black Desert Online announced an update that allowed players to sell items bought with real money for in-game currency. Players weren't happy with this. They perceived it as the game turning toward pay-to-win, allowing you to buy your way to a clear advantage. So the disenfranchised masses took to the streets to protest.
Now, usually when gamers complain about an "unfair class system," they're talking about adjusting the power levels of paladins or dino-pilots. But this time, they were talking about the class balance between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat ... and the giant nerf the bourgeoisie were getting. Town squares in the game were filled with angry wizards and giants brandishing signs that read "Pay 2 Win," a video game crime nearly as egregious as "tolerating women."
Kakao Games"Hey-hey, ho-ho, selling godlike powers has got to go!"
It didn't end there, as major guilds changed their emblems to protest as well. Banners on homes, flags on castles, and icons on territory were all used to express player outrage.
Kakao GamesWhich meant even the game's map wouldn't shut up about it.
None of this was great for immersion. If you don't play games, picture this: You're watching Big Bang Theory, and Raj and Sheldon are making a cake. Sheldon starts setting up a joke, then stops and asks for your credit card. The rest of the cast enters and complains about how much that sucks. A viewer gives money to Raj, who then delivers a limp, lifeless punchline, to the delight of a fake studio audience. While the cast shrieks and protests, Raj then goes on to finish every joke in every episode, while Sheldon helplessly repeats the setup to a cake joke he'll never finish. This is your show now. It wasn't very good before, but now it is hell.
Kakao Games"Oh great, now I hate my virtual life. Thanks a lot, MONEY."
Virtual protests aren't only about virtual issues. During the 2016 presidential election, Second Life became a hotbed of political unrest. Donald Trump's virtual army invaded Bernie Sanders' Second Life headquarters and erected a giant pro-Trump billboard on a neighboring lot.
Kakao GamesIt's weird that belligerent assholes would support Trump.
Similarly, anti-Trump players established the group "Avatars Against Trump," using in-game fundraisers to generate thousands of dollars for groups like Planned Parenthood. Because if you're not campaigning for your candidate in computer-generated sex dungeons filled with comatose, emaciated bunnies, are you really campaigning at all?
Bunnies are still at their most adorable in the form of pure sugar.
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