Following the problematic release of Cyberpunk 2077 at the end of December, Paste Magazine published a column in which its author Garrett Martin compared the game to Adolf Hitler – he believes that this is the same GOTY of 2020 as the German leader was once the person of the year according to TIME.
It seems to the author that Cyberpunk 2077 includes “everything that’s wrong with the gaming industry”, including lengthy employee overhauls, bugging, hiding problems with console versions, examples of misogyny and transphobia, and the fact that the game paid off on pre-orders alone and eventually sold 13 million copies in just 10 days, making it one of the most financially successful releases in recent years.
Martin tried to explain the mention of Hitler and stated that he was not trying to compare “a bad game with the greatest monster in history.” Instead, he wanted to say that TIME in 1938 set “the standard where a bounty isn’t really a bounty at all,” and Cyberpunk 2077 fits in.
However, this explanation did not save Martin and Paste Magazine from a flurry of criticism – including from colleagues from other well-known publications.
As many noted, the author of the column, besides the comparison, did not add anything new – he only listed the news and problems that were already known about. Therefore, his submission was called a simple attempt to “get clicks.”
As a result, some Cyberpunk 2077 developers also took notice of the material. For example, senior quest designer Philip Weber.
Garrett Martin himself, who wrote the column, closed his Twitter account after all this. It looks like he started getting a lot of insulting messages.