Red Thread Games? I love what you've done with DFC, I'm a big fan of TLJ and DF, but wow. You guys really done goofed. One of the appeals of the TLJ/DF games is that they're pretty accepting, and we see this with two non-white protagonists in Dreamfall, the lesbian couple in TLJ, and even in DFC I've seen punks cuddling women in hijabs, and I think that's something I've always loved.
So then we get to this scene towards the end of Chapter 2. It... gets pretty awful towards the end. Moving past what sounds like Mira's awful stereotypical accent (I would be very surprised if her actress had that accent naturally), and the constant stream of swearing, when we get to 2:05 the real problems start.
1. 'Retard'? Really? Are we in a school ground or the YouTube comments here? That's not a cool word to use. I don't care if it goes with the tone of the character, because this is the first time we meet her and there's no context to her relationship with Wit. Insulting someone based on their mental facilities is just gross.
2. Autism denial. "I bet you've been faking your autism since we first met". I'm... not even going to pick that apart because if you can't think of an issue with it then... yeah. That's just out of line.
Real Indian actress, real accent. We made very sure of that.
You know, when we create and write characters, those characters are not always pleasant and they don't necessarily reflect our own point of view. Mira is an unpleasant person. She's offensive and rude and controversial. Have you never watched a film, a TV series or read a book where a character has expressed racist, misogynist, ableist views? Those people exist in real life, and so they must exist in fiction. Games should not be exempted from this, and we stand by Mira 100%. Do we think she is nice? Of course not. She's horrible. And she's supposed to be. She's a character in a world we've created. That world isn't always pleasant, and that's the point.
We're sorry to hear you regret your purchase, but this is part of our mission to bring more maturity, diversity and soul to storytelling in games. Some things will be controversial and offensive, and we always welcome discussion and disagreement, but we also stand by our choices and we accept the consequences.
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