You probably heard about the decision of Steam to allow all games that are not against the law or straight up trolling.
Freedom of artistic expression isn’t a new concept and it’s unlikely if Gabe Newell had a jedi awakening recently. He just follows the money. Since Kingdom Come Deliverance made bank big time, people with more business savvy than ideological zeal realized that the money is with the “conservatives”.
The “” is there, because I have to agree with Wilhelm who said that I am – like most right wing voters – don’t fit into the party of Ronald Reagan or Paul Ryan. But the thing is, Reagan is dead and Ryan is retiring and not because of old age. The “Trump movement” (which existed long before Trump, see Hungarian PM Orbán since 2010 and of course Putin) isn’t theirs and they don’t fit.
But that’s irrelevant, just like the fact that “liberal” today mean very different from what it meant in the XIX century. Let’s just be objective and talk about “people who vote Trump, Putin, Orbán, Kaczyński, Le Pen…” because it’s a clear, objectively existing group. A big one. With lot of money. Clinton won among people with low income, Trump won among those who earn more than the median. This means disposable income. This means money spent on games.
Steam simply saw the future: the future when there are lots of people who proudly reject the social justice talking point and gladly (even trollingly) do things that are not approved by liberals. They also proved that they gladly boycott any entertainment industry that doesn’t cater to them, just ask the National Football League who finally bent the knee – oh wait! – after their ticket sales fell flat.
They indeed left a loophole for “trolling games”, but that’s not as big as it looks, as trolling is pretty well defined, it’s something that lives on outrage. Kingdom Come lived primarily on those who wanted an “authentic” medieval game, they kickstarted the thing long before social justice activists got outraged (though their outrage clearly helped with sales). A school shooting game has no primary audience, no one wants to play that for any other reason than making other people mad.