Surely I’m not the only one whose noticed that any instance of the words ‘Colony’ or ‘Colonial’ has completely vanished from the game, right?
Colonial Militia are now Revolutionary Militia, among other random changes that didn’t need to happen.
What kind of backwards logic is it to change the natives for historical accuracy (which I in general can understand and support, those changes don’t bother me at all), but then immediately turning a blind eye to any other kind of accuracy by never making mention of the word colony?
There’s absolutely no good reason to change the name around. Colonies were a thing empires did, the word should not be taboo in any way.
And renaming the plantation, too. I get that the name is good at making those uncomfortable with its implications, but changing stuff to not draw attention to those things having happened is some weird kind of censorship. Why would you try to disguise the existence of slavery? I get that racism is a touchy subject for many in recent days, and rightly so, but pretending it didn’t happen with things like this helps no-one.
Age of Empires is supposed to be a game about a historical setting, filled with information about the historical significance of those time periods and what was accomplished, quietly hiding away the mention of slavery and not drawing any kind of attention to it is little better than denying it happened, which is not a route we, as a people, should take. Surely if more people can be informed about it, it might actually help people understand better.
I’m half-expecting to get screamed at for being a ‘racist’ for posting this even with that not being true, but… nothing ventured, nothing gained