I haven’t listened to the podcast or bought this game. Personally, my politics are quite left. But I also care deeply about history, how it’s discussed and depicted.
As someone who loves history and who loves games, if I were going to make a historically authentic game set in Bohemia in the early 15th Century, including people of color as NPCs certainly wouldn’t make my top 100 priorities. That in and of itself doesn’t make me or this game “hateful.” Likewise, I wouldn’t put white European NPC’s in a RPG set in the kingdom of Benin in the 15th Century, not at least until the Portugese arrived (1484)
Yes, I understand that if the creator of Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a racist and/or a misogynist IRL, there’s an understandable desire to try to dismiss the game by finding evidence of his racism or misogyny in the game. And there may indeed be some warped, inaccurate alt-right agenda driven stuff in the game. But this cannot be the fact that there are no black NPC’s in the game, because black people were extremely rare in rural Bohemia circa 1404. Also the description above of women in the Middle Ages rings true – as unfortunate and unpleasant as it is. Is our alt-right co-creator wickedly amusing himself by writing those lines? Perhaps, but that’s not in the text. Patriarchy was a thing back then, but so were frequent cholera epidemics and the bubonic plague.
Last, I deeply disagree with Blindside and Gaius Marius above-- history is not all relative/someone’s fantasy. So yes, we can make games about the past and make genuine efforts that are valuable in depicting what scholars believe the past was actually like in our games. We don’t need to superimpose present sensibilities in games set in the distant past, or twist history into fantasy because the historical consensus is often deeply unsettling. I hope we’re more resilient than that, anyway.
If considerable effort went into researching time and place by the developers, that should count for something, unless the research can be shown to have been hijacked by a present day ideological or political agenda. Can it? I haven’t seen any evidence of that yet. Not here, anyway.