Cliff Bleszinski now claims LawBreakers failed because it was ‘too woke’

    
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Cliff Bleszinski now claims LawBreakers failed because it was ‘too woke’

Well, that’s it, everyone. Shut it down. The English language had a pretty good run, but it’s over now. Cliff Bleszinski, also known as “Cliffy B,” also known as “Dude Huge,” not actually known as “Blast Hardcheese” for some reason, has declared that the reason for LawBreakers failing was that it was “too woke.” Words no longer mean anything; you can just sort of put them together in any combination, and context is meaningless.

For those of you not up to date, “woke” in this context means “willing to acknowledge that women, people of color, LGBT people, and so forth exist as people with wishes and desires and not solely as objects to be fetishized.” You know, the thing that LawBreakers’ main competitor (in the sense that the New York Yankees consider a local tee-ball Little League team their competitor) has actually tried to be. Not always successfully, sure, but there is actual a variety of character designs, types, orientations, backgrounds, ethnicities, and so forth.

So Cliffy B – who expert rememberers will recall literally marketed his game as being diametrically opposed to that title – is now claiming that LawBreakers failed because it was “too woke,” and it would have been more successful if he hadn’t refused to make the female characters sexier. These are actual words that a human being wrote. Rest in peace, English (550 CE – 2020 CE). Maybe now Esperanto has a shot.

But, hey, what the heck, here’s a roundup of some of our top coverage of LawBreakers and its short-lived successor, Radical Heights. Just remember that by the man’s own words, it wasn’t the long development phases under Nexon, launch issues, game balance, price, telling the press to fuck off, or accusing Epic of poaching that shuttered the game and studio. Nope. It was being “too woke.”

Source: VG24/7

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BGZD

I really liked the game and would still play it today if I could. You should re-release it with new shit since OW is tanking in popularity

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James Crow

law breakers could be one of the greatest game out there if it launch as f2p, the game had great graphic, the movement was epic but it tried to compete with overwatch as b2p game when OW was at the top.

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Sarah Cushaway

This is what happens when straight white dudes think they can accurately represent other demographics without actually educating themselves on said demographics or asking for their input.

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Bruno Brito

I mean, i agree with you but i don’t think this is what Cliff is doing here.

He doesn’t sound deluded, he sounds petty and sleazy. He doesn’t believe the garbage he’s spouting, he just wants to be in the limelight again.

He’s saying all this in a vain attempt to rack some outrage from more socially-invested groups.

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Danny Smith

I think Cliffy B and Randy Pitchford are this one two punch of “we all laugh now, but its going to be real awkward when it turns out they are actually mentally ill and its only showing up later in life”.

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Bree Royce

Generally, we try avoid speculating on people’s mental states here. It is, however, a lot easier to sympathize and even outright excuse people’s issues when they aren’t using their power and platform to obliquely shit on women and minorities. Lots of people are mentally ill; most of them don’t do these things.

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Bruno Brito

I highly doubt it. He’s not stupid, he’s just full of shit. As Raf said, he knows the direction the wind blows and moves with it. He also has nothing to lose because he’s coming to qualms with the fact he’s a irrelevant jackass.

This isn’t well-thought out, even for him, but it is deliberate. The guy needs the attention like coke needs ice.

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rafael12104

Yeah, I doubt he is trying to represent anyone other than himself. He reads social media and knows which way the wind is blowing. And he is looking for a way saddle that and become relevant again. If all he had to do was party hard and date strippers again, I’m sure he would prefer it.

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Dobablo

I do not understand Icelandic, but I’ve taken to attempting to read bits of it none the less. I love how, once you know what sounds some of those strange symbols make (I love you Andri Sigþórsson) there are a lot of phonetically similar words. Thank you Vikings.

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Old balding boomer CliffyB trying to stay relevant by jumping on current trend bandwagons ;-)
He still refuses to tell the truth – he made a boring, unimaginative Unreal Tournament clone which was more limited and less interesting than any Unreal Tournament game that came before it. Oh well, he did get some attention.

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John Kiser

No Cliff it failed because while it was “fun” in a sense it was also completely and utterly unbalanced and a lot of the novelty wore off fast bringing the imbalanced aspects to the forefront. Just admit it was a failed game and admit to why instead of blaming everything but the actual reasons and maybe you’d get an ounce of respect from people. Crying because you failed to administer any sort of balance and thought your could capitalize on overwatch like gameplay (which is way more woke than lawbreakers ever was) with what amounted to something that looked like a pump and dump and then try and whine about it is just glaringly a reason I lost what little actual respect for you (i respect you as a developer, but in the same breath I do not respect your attitude and how badass of a guy you think you are)

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Cyclone Jack

It, like many other games, failed because it was chasing a carrot instead of trying to be something interesting. It was doomed well before release because it wanted to be a part of an already over-saturated market, in a genre which can only sustain a very small number of titles. Couple this with the game being a rushed mess, and any passerby knew that the game was going to be Dead on Arrival.

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Veldara

Sorry Cliff, love ya buddy but this ain’t it chief.

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K38FishTacos

CB sounds like he suffers from narcissistic delusion.

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Danny Smith

He finally found something he was worse at than making videogames and thats making excuses. If his “bow down before my general neutral bathroom in my dogshit meme game” is too much diversity explain how many artists were flooded peoples twitter timeline with Mei and pharah when Overwatch came out. Besides the old “through dick, unity” line i guess.

Meanwhile, in reality: