The maker of a petition to get Far Cry 5 cancelled, going by the handled of Gamers United, is angry that the news media is taking shots at him and his petition on Change.org.
With just over 1,500 signatures, the creator of the petition updated the mission statement after the initial request to either change or cancel Far Cry 5 was met with ridicule and derision.
He wanted Ubisoft to make the villains more multicultural and to make Americans look less like the villains… possibly misguided, but not evil.
Various news outlets claimed that it was a hoax, fake or a troll attempt. Others bought into the narrative hook, line and sinker, stating that the petition was real, and represented someone genuinely thinking that Far Cry 5 needs to be cancelled or changed. He eventually updated the post saying that he’s had great success in cajoling Ubisoft to alter the game, even though the game is still a year off from release.
The creator of the petition also goes on to level his venom at the media, writing in the update…
“[…] in their efforts to smear gamers and this one gamer right here in particular, the mainstream games media and idiots on the internet have decided that, since they can’t target the argument, they have to find out the man and target him.”
He says that people against him have called him an SJW journo, an IGN reviewer, Ian Miles Cheong, and a Ubisoft employee.
He also claims that some journalists have claimed that this was a Trump supporting White House staffer who posted it up, be he denies that as well, along with saying he’s not a member of 4chan.
He finishes off the tirade by writing…
“These are all of the tactics these guys try to silence this petition, to pin it on some random idiot and attack the idiot. But I have news for you, mainstream game journalists:
“You targetd gamers. GAMERS.
“We’re a group of people who will sit for hours, days, even weeks on end performing some of the hardest, most mentally demanding tasks. Over, and over, and over all for nothing more than a little digital token saying we did.”
When the petition originally went up some outlets took it seriously, others claimed it was fake and a hoax to smear gamers. Others claimed it was a false flag by journalists, and as the petition maker pointed out, some thought it was a marketing ploy from Ubisoft.
For a game that’s still a year off from release, Far Cry 5 has seemingly received more attention for perceived sociopolitical commentary than any of the gameplay they’ve showcased.
Far Cry 5 is due for release in February of 2018 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.