Hatred Community Targets SJW's

Community members from Hatred target feminist and other social justice warriors to kill in-game.

There are times when I feel like the gaming industry might be turning a corner, then something mind-boggling happens. Recently Steam removed, then reinstated Hatred, a game about a serial mass murder, from Steam Greenlight. As a result, some people are asking for SJW's (SJW is a perjorative for socially minded people, an acronym for Social Justice Warrior) as targets for killing, maiming, and butchering in the game.

In the not so distant corners of the Internet exists a group of people who loath anyone willing to push the envelope of representation in video games. These people are typically outspoken about criticism in games some are in fact feminists (the SJW's in question).  

This week when the game Hatred got axed from Steam Greenlight, an outpouring of rage about censorship spilled over onto the Internet (Though, by law, it's not censorship since it's a privately held company). Unannounced, Steam reinstated the game into its Steam Greenlight section.

Now that Hatred is back on Greenlight, parts of the community are asking for SJW's, even some by name - Anita Sarkeesian - to become non-playable characters free to slaughter, maim, and otherwise kill.

This type of behavior is disheartening to see, and leaves a disgusting taste in my mouth. How would you feel after giving your opinion a collective group of people threatened you on a daily basis and now want to kill you in a virtual world too?

One would think if Steam almost didn't allow this game due to its content, they would monitor the comments. Maybe Brianna Wu - another SJW name requested from the Hatred community - said it best via Twitter.

This raises a few concerns. The inconsistency of the content Steam will allow needs addressed. Do they or don't they allow games like Hatred, Manhunt, and POSTAL 2 to exist on Steam? If Steam does keep Hatred on Greenlight, are they going to monitor the comments - specifically the ones asking for real people to kill, not to mention children as well. The kind of community surrounding this game worries me. It also solidifies that there are indeed a large number of people who thrive off this type of content and wish it were more extreme. 

How do you feel about Hatred, it's process on Steam, and the community its raised around itself?


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Games Hatred Genres FightingShooter Platforms PC Tags hatredsteam greenlight
Published Dec. 17th 2014
  • passerby_2563
    You're an idiot listening to frauds and following hipster trends without realizing what a bunch of neo-nazis SJWs are. Stop studying your shitty gender studies and get a real job, maybe you'll stop being resentful of everyone in the world then.
  • Zekariah
    Couldn't have put it better myself.
    Those who demand violence in video games associated with real people are the exact reason why there should be concern about games with this kind of content in the first place.
    I was never personally on board with Sarkeesian's campaign, but I'm ashamed of my gaming community when they act like the sociopathic, dead-eyed freak characters they so need to play as in games.
    I would even go as far as to say that forum monitoring by government authorities is something I would be comfortable with. Freedom of speech is being treated with disrespect.
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    It's curious that's what SJWs are labeled as. So, the assumption is that if you are white, well to do and educated you can't be sympathetic and have legitimate concern for the plight of others? Labeling SJW's in such a fashion is demeaning to every cultural progress step this country's made.

    To me, it's not the subject of this silly game as much as it was those so called players who use the term SJW with such derision as to believe anyone interested in social justice should be killed for sport.

    Social justice is why we don't have slavery here anymore. Child labor. Horrible or deadly work conditions. Civil rights at every level. Supposedly we're protected from police brutality but lately people fighting that have been labeled the problem as well. Our Miranda rights had to be fought for too.

    So, by all means, people should play the games they want but that's not the message such attitudes are sending.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    "SJW" has always seemed like a sarcastic term. But it's still applicable to some of the struggle these women have endured, simply for issues in the gaming culture - not mainstream society unfortunately - Though I think the same social issues you've listed still have to be addressed despite current laws that say everyone has equality n such.

    I don't like the content of the game, but just like Manhunt or POSTAL, I don't read anything about them, much less play.

    I've yet to see the communities around those games get as vicious as Hatred. My main concern is the community surrounding it.
  • topher339
    They should have just stuck to their decision and kept Hatred off Greenlight. It shows them weak as a company. Chances are any time they try to remove any game there will be similar results.

    It's bad enough there are game solely about murdering innocents (these are only used as tools by others against the gaming community) but now we have people requesting that real people be put in-game so that they may be murdered. That is WRONG on EVERY LEVEL and is why such games worry me so much.

    Personally, I hate the very idea of a game in which your sole purpose is to mindlessly and creatively murder innocent people. It is not art, not a way to "blow off steam", it's simply wrong and has no place within gaming. Steam had the chance to draw a line, as it appeared they tried to, but backed off instead.
  • Glen Schoeman
    Featured Contributor
    The problem with this is where do we draw the line? Should games like GTA be banned too? In the early GTA games many people didn't bother with the missions and focused entirely on blowing things up. It may not have been the point of the game but the option existed. In all honesty, I have no desire to play Hatred because there is no point to it other than killing and I prefer a game with some substance but who am I to say that others shouldn't play it? Due to the fact that there is zero evidence supporting the claim that video games cause violent behaviour, there is no reason to believe that Hatred will suddenly transform people into mass murderers. Because of that, even though Valve is privately owned and has a right to choose its content, the fact that the game was available and then pulled means that it cannot be called censorship purely due to a technicality. Once we start limiting peoples choices based on our own views, we set the precedent to allow it to spread to other rights
  • Elijafire
    There are six things which the LORD hates; yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD, heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers. - Proverbs 6

    "Abomination is probably the strongest word we have in all of Scripture.
    There's just nothing more horrible before God than an abomination."
    ~ Paul Washer

    Murderous Hands
    God hates murder and those who shed innocent blood. The Bible says God abhors those who are associated with bloodshed and hates those who love violence. Murder is the premeditated unlawful killing of an innocent person, and those who do this break the sixth commandment. Those who shed innocent blood fall into this category and this includes those who carry out or are involved with abortions. You may not have actually murdered someone, but Jesus declared that whoever becomes angry with someone without a cause is a murderer in God's eyes, as well as those who feel hatred for others. Those who take pleasure in bloodshed, whether it's in video games, movies, fights, or whatever else that glorifies the shedding of innocent blood, fall into this category. The Bible warns that murderers are worthy of death and will have their part in the lake of fire.
    Ps. 5:6; 11:5; Matt. 5:21-22; Rom. 1:29, 32; 1 John 3:15; Rev. 21:8
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    - That Proverb perfectly described Fox News.
  • Chainmail Bikini
    These aren't socially minded people. If they were socially minded people, they would be in some remote village in central Africa, helping poverty stricken people without any idea what this "Hatred" even is. They are, however, Social Justice Warriors (the left-wing version of "Crusader" or "Moral Guardian"). In other words, rich, smug, upper/middle class college/hipster champagne liberals. I personally don't like the content of this game, but I will defend its right to exist. If you are offended by it, it is your right. Just don't play it.
  • Death Metal Hero
    Imo Hatred is just a poor excuse for a video game. And seeing some of the community's comments is absolutely disgusting. It just feels like more fuel for the fire against video games. We all want the rest of the world to take video games and us gamers seriously. But with games like Hatred, and comments like "No children to kill? Im disappointed" we're looking more and more like a joke community.

    I know i'm throwing Hatred under the bus here. But even Postal 2 and some others, they're not art, or even an artistic expression. To me they're "troll games" their sole purpose is to offend, nothing more.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Recognizing these comments and talking about them is literally exactly what they want. No one seems to understand that the more you cave in and recognize the trolls (and terrorists in the real world) the more fuel you throw on the fire.

    Gabe is absolutely correct in allowing the game back on Greenlight. If he didn't, they would have to draw an actual line. Then that line won't stay stationary. Before we know it the only thing that would be allowed on Steam is Hello Kitty Island Adventure, and no thank you. I won't be playing Hatred, but it's an example of the right of the people to make whatever game they want and sell it. If you don't like that, then you can't honestly like video games. It would translate the same way over to movies, if Saw wasn't allowed to be released, then a line would be drawn and the horror genre would cease existence. I don't partake in horror games or movies, but it's right to exist is just as strong as our right to be free. Anyone who takes violence they see in fictional worlds and brings it to the real world are what you would call crazy. They can not be the measuring stick for the rest of us who are sane.
  • Elijafire
    Right, I think steam should have just banned them and been done with it.
  • Heidi McDonald
    Thank you for featuring this. As someone who was classified by folks of this ilk as being an SJW based solely on who my friends are, this disturbs me greatly. I believe most reasonable people would be unsettled at the thought that many people want to torture, maim and kill video game versions of them. Gabe Newell thought it best to ban someone who sent him a death threat; his female customers deserve that same consideration, especially when he is lining his pockets with the sale of games that were in many cases made by people who were placed by others on the SJW block list. I wrote to Valve yesterday that after spending hundreds of dollars in their Steam store, they won't see any more of my money until they show some responsibility, and implement/enforce forum standards that protect their customers. I hope others will do the same.

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