You know, I was thinking about this during the Waypoint 101 on Wolfenstein: The New Order. The villains in those games are not just, you know, literal Nazis, they’re also constantly doing detestable and despicable things that don’t seem to have to do with their Nazism. At first, it kind of feels like, “Why do you need to convince me as a player to hate these Nazis? You already made them Nazis.”
When I thought about it, it occurred to me that these gratuitous displays of villainy are not outside of their Nazism, but directly informed by it. Sometimes you need to show the actions from their ideologies to vindicate that understanding. I think this extreme despicability, particularly for people who are, well, on the fence about these kinds of things, helps you realize that these people are villains not because they’re just “the bad guys”, but because they’re awful people. They’re villains because they’re racists, because they’re misogynists, and because they’re terrible. Too many people miss those threads.
In other news, I oughtta pick up Iconoclasts at some point. I remember back when the demos came out, super heartening to see it finally released to praise.