If the terrible pun in the title wasn’t a tip off, this week saw some twitter drama revolving around Vlambeer’s (@Vlambeer) recently released game Luftrausers. I use the word drama lightly, because at the core of the issue there really was no controversy. In a conversation which can more or less be summed up by the screencap below, Elizabeth Simins (@ElizSimins) voiced her concerns over one of the themes of the game; the idea that you are playing as a Nazi pilot in WWII. The concern was as valid as any, but the public was quick to lash out on both sides of the argument.
This public outcry was taken to the next level when Polygon’s Owen Good, in an article about the whole affair, wrote that Simins was choosing to be offended. The article has since been edited to remove the offending lines, but twitter never forgets. 10 Second Ninja dev Dan Pearce (@GameDesignDan) was one of many who weighed in on the issue.
Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) issued a full response to the criticism and the issues it brought up, addressing the concern without discrediting it.The tweet sent out before that response however says something most people could really take to heart.
I’ve got one last tweet to contribute to this discussion, though it really has absolutely nothing serious to do with the issue at hand. Indie dev Christer Kaitila (@McFunkypants) tweeted a series of Vlambeer related puns in response to the whole ordeal and I’m a sucker for puns.
And now for something completely different. Danny Baranowsky (@dannyBstyle), the guy who composed the music for Binding of Isaac, Super Meatboy, upcoming Crypt of the Necrodancer, and more celebrated a birthday recently and received a pretty fantastic gift from his friend and indie dev Flanlord (@flanlord).