The Peaceful, Human Dreams Behind the Nazi-Slaying Fantasy of 'Wolfenstein'


The problem with Wolfenstein protagonist B.J. Blaskowicz, at least on the surface, is that he fits a certain mold. He looks like any other video game hero: male and white with a square jaw and a large frame capable of punching bad guys. He’s been given a backstory, love interests, and children, but for the most part, what we know about him is standard video game fare. He’s there to be a conduit for fantasy violence, as that is the main reason for playing shooters. So he’s strong and manly to go along with it. It’s always been kind of boring.

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