However most people dismissed it as “harmless fun” that should be tolerated. Now, when everything is politicized, this became a necessity. Why? Because game companies are forced to moderate “hate speech”. If you know anything about today’s politics, well, everything is hate speech that leftist don’t like. Including statements from Obama or Pelosi from 8 years ago. People can lose their job for an “attack helicopter” joke or quoting settled science.
Unfortunately we can’t take the opposite point, “totally free speech”, or any kind of communication channel would be spammed by memes, ASCII images, RMT spam and literally TOrbrbrbrbBrbrbrBrBrBRBBRBRBRBRbRBRBRbRB.
If we agree that chat must be moderated, we enter a slippery slope where one’s political views can decide who can speak and who cannot. It’s not at all OK for any sub-culture to dominate a formally politics-indifferent hobby. Shooting demons shouldn’t be available only to Hillary or Trump voters. As I’ve already mentioned, there are multiple evidences of people being censored for completely moderate views.
The Kingdom Come: Deliverance “scandal” have shown that there is a strong market for right-wing games, so left-wingers can’t hope to dominate the speech in games, any attempt to do so would simply lead to splitting the market to halves: one for liberals and one for conservatives, both being extremes of their sides. This would necessarily mean that all games would lose half of their prospective players – unless someone would come up with the bizarre idea of a Hillary server and a Trump server.
I see only one way out: banning all off-topic speech completely. If your sentence isn’t about the game, it shouldn’t be in the game. This would create an apolitical and non-offensive atmosphere. A sterile one, I admit, but definitely better than politically censored gaming communities.
This is trivial to enforce as non-game related chat is obvious (while “hate speech” is not). It can probably be handled by bots in most cases, sent to learn on the database of offtopic things told in games. After all, people won’t randomly start to talk about quantum physics in games, more likely about recently released films. After a proper automatic solution is found, it can be deployed to all games as a licensed method.