City of Heroes Homecoming emphasizes player-created content, bars ‘controversial political content’

    
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City of Heroes Homecoming emphasizes player-created content, bars ‘controversial political content’

City of Heroes’ most popular rogue server, Homecoming, is a fount of player activity these days, and the dev team wants to make sure that the community gets the credit. Two new mission architect efforts recently were stamped with the “Dev Choice” seal of approval, a magic costume contest is coming up this Saturday, and a low-stakes PvP “kickball” event is in the making.

That’s all part of the team’s latest update to players. In the missive, there’s also mention of a freeform base building contest going on from now through the end of October: “This contest has no theme, alignment or shard requirement. All bases are welcome, and there’s tons of prizes to be won (14,000 merits in total!). The submission deadline is October 31st, and bases must be entered by the supergroup leader.”

Finally, the team modified its code of conduct to stress that “controversial political content” would not be tolerated, especially in this election season.

A month ago, the Homecoming devs reconfirmed they’re still working with NCsoft on some sort of plan for legitimacy, though the talks had been slowed by COVID-19. “There’s still a ton of work going on behind the scenes to get us to the finish line, and we’d like to thank you all for your continued patience,” they wrote.

For more info on this and other City of Heroes rogue servers you can play, check out our current roundup.

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Last week I saw someone log in a new character in Atlas Park named after the Kenosha murderer. The character looked exactly like him in the photos from the night he shot and killed two people. The character was an assault rifle blaster.

I have zero issue with his new rule and celebrate it. I’m thrilled with the Homecoming team, and look forward to logging in every day.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Hey you, Nazi content go home! Oh and you, anti-Nazi content… we don’t like you either, for some reason! You’re bad because we say you are! *wastes time banning anti-Nazi content that could have been put towards banning Nazi content, allowing a Nazi grievance based foothold*

The circle of life.

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Ysayle was right

“Controversial” is not a promising term to use in a political climate where bigots create controversy over every progressive notion that exists. Centrist “both-sides” handwringing only helps the worst people.

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Bruno Brito

Centrist “both-sides” handwringing only helps the worst people.

Yeaaaaahhh…no.

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Utakata

The pigtails are of two thoughts with this…

1) This is Homecoming’s house they’re running with a likely unofficial NC blessings, so they set the rulez everyone has to bide by, just like any other outfit including MOP here. If players don’t like it, they go to the one ran by 4Chan or cry a river on Mark Kerns’ blog or something. Yes, there are safe spaces out there, even for the biggest toxic *Bleep!*holes. So they can go an exercise their *free* speech over there.

2 a) On the other pigtail, I very much doubt one can truly create a politically neutral environment, no matter how hard they try. We’re mostly political animals for one. And we have in us each a partisan leaning that we can’t really shake. And being heroic in nature and narrative in an MMO, one can’t shake the politics that defines a hero at times. So that A-political utopia can never really exist, IMO.

b) Instead, I rather they focus on if users who are promoting hate, which is a little different from just voicing differing political views. As can be as conservative or communist as all get get go, as still sing Kumbya in a group hug during a costume contest…because we can all still get along. It’s those that push their ideals and agendas in bad faith are the ones we really have to watch out for…

…perhaps even now though, I am speaking all of this in an idealistic pose that simply can’t be truly realized in reality. /le sigh

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Axetwin .

I think that’s why they said “controversial” politics.

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Utakata

That’s the problem right there. As in, what do they mean by “controversial”?

It’s not really a good way of dealing with toxicity, nor does it really appropriately address it. A code of conduct would’ve been a better way dealing with it…which may include the behaviors Homecoming would like to weed out during the election season.

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Bryan Correll

Yup. Things those in charge don’t agree with are controversial. Or, in many cases, aren’t considered “political” at all. People do a pretty poor job in recognizing their own biases.
I’d personally prefer not to see real world politics in games at all, But even I, clearly correct in all situations, shouldn’t be able to stand in judgement over what is considered controversial.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“I’d personally prefer not to see real world politics in games at all” Enjoy games being reduced to tic-tac-toe instead of anything remotely close to artistry.

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Bryan Correll

So a game must refereence real world politics in order to have artistic merit? Yeah…….I don’t think so.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Nope, but artists must have a broad capacity to express real world politics if video games are to be a field that accepts artistry instead of base production for capital owners to sell to consumers.

I’ll task you to find the *fictional* politics that doesn’t use real world political ideas as a base. I’ll wait.

EDIT: To be clear, Call of Duty counts as expressing real world politics. Companies just pretend they’re not.

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Bryan Correll

You’re trying to make my position sound more extreme than it is. Of course fictional politics is going to have some basis is reality. And I don’t think developers should be prohibited from taking political stances.* My original post, as a reference to the issue at hand, didn’t have anything to do with games themselves. It, like the article in general, was in reference to player actions. Because too many people can’t talk politics without referring to the opposition as either nazis or commies.

* But they shouldn’t be surprised when some people won’t want to play their games because of their politics.

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Bruno Brito

Both of you are right. Not every artistic creation is political, but several of them are because people are political and partial by nature.

Not only that , having political/social views allowed us to have great ( and awful ) games.

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Dug From The Earth

I think them saying “controversial” is just the nice way of them saying, “Being a dick”

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Malcolm Swoboda

“Instead, I rather they focus on if users who are promoting hate” That would require a backbone.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Arktouros

Perfect

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camren_rooke

Only one force can stand against Nazi Power Rangers!

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Bruno Brito

In the trash where it truly belongs.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

rainbows and swastikas :)

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camren_rooke

I see you sneakin in those hippie links!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Caught me trying to be sly:) great tune btw, personal marvin gaye favorite would be https://youtu.be/_R__wjUTDVI

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Bruno Brito

What are you doing to my beloved battalion, hippie

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Utakata

I am just very glad when I happen upon Mr. Schlag’s editorial memes, that I am not drinking threw a straw at the time… >.<

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Armsman

Dammit Schlag…now I have to clean sprayed Dr. Pepper off my monitor…