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Since the release of v3.1 of "Blade of Agony" we have received numerous messages, comments and emails. Besides positive messages and words of support, we have also received a lot of opposition and disappointment.

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Since the release of v3.1 of "Blade of Agony" we have received numerous messages, comments and emails. Besides positive messages and words of support, we have also received a lot of opposition and disappointment.

"You have given up", "You have given in to the shitstorm", "You have lost my respect".

After more than 6 years of working on a project of the heart, these words of course hurt and disappoint us very much and after we had answered some of the comments on ModDB and by email, we now feel that an official statement is necessary to gain understanding and shed light on the matter.

The changes and mitigations we have implemented for version 3.1 do not stem from cowardice we have shown towards some users of the Doom community. Blade of Agony is a creative, free and artistic interpretation within the Wolfenstein universe. And as long as we are unpaid developers working on such a project in our spare time, it must be ensured that we realise our vision as we see fit. This is exactly the motto we have been working by for the last 6 years, releasing the last 3 chapters. So why the adjustments to v3.0 now?

As some of you know, the team around "Blade of Agony" consists of a colourful bunch from all over the world, including Israel and Germany. Wolfenstein 3D and swastikas have long been banned and punished in Germany in the field of entertainment. Since 2018, these laws have been toned down, but games of this kind are still under the strictest observation by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (FOftPotC).

Although we as developers strictly condemn any form of discrimination, racial hostility, anti-Semitism and glorification of the Second World War, there were concerns on the part of various German gaming sites and news sources about whether we had not crossed a line with some content (including the depiction of a concentration camp, the explicit mention of affected population groups or the World Exhibition in Paris with historical anti-Semitic content). From that point on, it was clear to us that we would have to reconsider the content in order to weigh up possible personal damage (for example a punishment from the FOftPotC if they deem the game unacceptable) from all the developers of the project concerned.

The Second World War was the most horrific conflict in our history, and we as a development team do not want to ignore, censor or even deny these atrocities. However, we have asked ourselves what position we are in as entertainers. Wolfenstein is and always has been a fictional scenario, so we have no duty to educate the people who play our game. We want to tell an exciting story. So our yardstick in toning down the game was "What content is necessary to achieve that and what content can we do without?"

Blade of Agony has been released in several versions before and as we changed, removed and added content from version 1.0 to 2.0 based on experience gained and advice received, this is an organic process that has now also taken place between 3.0 and 3.1.

While we can understand some of the disappointment, we hope players will understand why some changes had to be made and why we can no longer officially support v3.0, and ask that you do not share public links on our ModDB page. Of course, we have no influence on what happens in the private area.

We hope that you continue to have as much fun with Blade of Agony as we had during its development and we still wish you a good time.

Thank you,
Daniel Gimmer
and the entire Blade of Agony development team

Comments  (0 - 50 of 134)
TheVidmaster
TheVidmaster

Never forget that for every loud, hateful poster out there, ten other people are just silently and happily playing. There is always a small but abnormally loud and aggressive minority complaining about this or that. *NEVER* judge reactions by an internet shitstorm.

Do what you think is right.

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Tormentor667 Author
Tormentor667

Thanks kindly for your words! This is encouraging!

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

:)) Keep up the good work! Despite little people with a bleak life!

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WW1enthusiast20
WW1enthusiast20

Oh so you mean how the mod caved in to the SJW crowd right? When it was noted doomworld is a shitshow minority of real people. Your arguement is a pretty big strawman. I ain't falling for it.

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jokerrider
jokerrider

"There is always a small but abnormally loud and aggressive minority complaining about this or that."

Ironic that the people from Doomworld are exactly that.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

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Blah blah blah, you little man. Make your own mod, then we'll see. You're just plain jealous.

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jrv209
jrv209

If I ever make a mod, I will NEVER stab my fans in the back to appeal to crybullies who will hate me no matter what. **** censorship, **** the cowards who let it happen.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

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If there is someone who cries that one is you, mr. "**** censorship". Doomworld may be bad, but at least they can write something better than "**** you", unlike the "good" guys here.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

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Truth hurts, huh?

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JoesGuy
JoesGuy

And to think this is the party of "civility" and "maturity."

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CrossDressiNate
CrossDressiNate

Freedom of thought and expression is the only thing that matters. **** anyone who wants to mitigate creativity. Whether its government, corporate entity, journalist or individuals. People who find things insensitive are just weak minded individuals without a stomach for the horrible things in life. Art, whether it be a game, movie, book or music shouldn't be altered to appease those with a weak stomach.

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jcstudies6962
jcstudies6962

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If freedom of expression is the only thing that matters, then why do you have an issue with the developers wanting to keep their fantasy entertainment version of WW2 separate from the horrific reality?

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MoodMarine
MoodMarine

They had to go this road because they have been forced. That is not the same thing as 'wanting' something when you have to choose between saving your existence and doing what you love. And its actually the behaviour criticized by those trolls what they do themselves recklessly....

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wampa-stompa
wampa-stompa

it's always a choice my friend.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

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I would add : an abnormally loud, aggressive, frustrated, full of anger and hatred, invidious, irrelevant minority. And now c'mon, downvote this, you know i'm right.

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jrv209
jrv209

that's great that most people are emasculate losers like you who will eat the **** that the SJW's shovel them, but I'll gladly fall into that 10% that has a spine, pussy.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

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AHAHAHA, so we have a real man here! A real man that belongs to an elitist minority (estimated 10%) of great people too! Glad to know you, sir. You just insulted someone and wrote your garbage here, do you feel good, now? Do you feel great? Do you feel better and superior than the loathsome SJWs??

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ourcauseisjust
ourcauseisjust

I upvoted your comment by an accident, looks like there's no option to downvote it back. Anyways, hope spending your only life as a woke authoritarian clown is worth it.

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The-Bright-Side
The-Bright-Side

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Thanks for following up with us all. Personally, I have every reason to trust in your artistic vision, I'm excited about version 3.1 and on top of that, damn it, you're releasing this amazing game for free!! Nobody has any right to complain.

I understand you came under a lot of pressure from outraged people on the Internet because of contents in 3.0, to the point where it started affecting your personal lives. When you then announced you were changing some contents, you got flak for that, too. I don't think any of that is ok, and I'm really sorry it happened to you.

In the end, TheVidmaster said it best above. For every shithead complaining, there's a ton more people who simply appreciate this game and enjoy playing it. It freaking kicks ***. Keep up the awesome work, and thanks!!

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Tormentor667 Author
Tormentor667

Thanks kindly to you as well - this really helps us!

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

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Glad to know that. Be positive, be creative!

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XX1992
XX1992

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The amount of losers downvoting positive comments like this is really sad and disappointing.

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The-Bright-Side
The-Bright-Side

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I was surprised, too. Guess there's too much scorched earth in this culture war by now, peace isn't really an option. :-/

I did say "shitheads", that probably didn't help either.

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XX1992
XX1992

I guess so, we're so far divided just as people that we can't have peace anymore.

Eh, you aren't wrong. Even though name calling probably doesn't help, no.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

You're right, they're just losers. Downvoting without even answering: i think they're, like, losers within the losers.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

Don't waste words with these frustrated little people, they don't deserve them.

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fooflinger22
fooflinger22

That's so so sad. Historical revisionism and SJWs win again, and in a MOD for a M rated game. Even worse that you're removing full content and purposefully not giving people an option to download the older versions.

When will it stop? Will we have to scrub the history books and movies of every swastika and mention of the word Nazi, until everyone's forgotten why the conflict was so horrible to begin with just so that everyone can be content?

Literally nothing is gained from doing this.

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Tormentor667 Author
Tormentor667

You are making good points here, and even if I agree with you, we are not the only ones who can decide on this. Times have changed - fortunately? Unfortunately?

Let's think about it: A game like Duke Nukem 3D would end up in a huge shitstorm as well in the 2020's for its sexism. We grew up in these times and I really wouldn't consider it discriminating. But that have been the 90's. Good old times :)

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WW1enthusiast20
WW1enthusiast20

If you could be downvoted you would be. Right into the negative stack but you can't downvote creators on their own projects.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

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Yeah yeah downvote, you hero with a keyboard. That's the only thing you can do.

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CrossDressiNate
CrossDressiNate

Jokes aren't sexism or any kind of ism for that matter. Sexism is a man or woman discriminating against the opposite gender. Those who scream discrimination in this day and age don't understand what the word actually ****** means.

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Tuskin38
Tuskin38

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Jokes can 100% be sexist or any kind of ist.

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jokerrider
jokerrider

People seem to fling the "-ist" words nowadays in the Western world. Sooner or later, those words will lose its meaning and emphasis. It's like saying the word "****" for a thousand times a day.

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MoodMarine
MoodMarine

you can choose to be a girl even with a **** nowadays marry a man and adopt children but you cant make a video game that doesnt suck without someone crying about it beeing badass? thats not the future i wanted. thats fuckture.quote me

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Tuskin38
Tuskin38

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They're not going to censor history books and documentaries.
A mod for a video game isn't a history book or a historical documentary, this is completely different situation.

Plus the swastikas haven't been removed from the mod. You can even see some in the screenshots above.

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CrossDressiNate
CrossDressiNate

They already have you insolent fool

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Tuskin38
Tuskin38

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No they haven't you moron.

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CrossDressiNate
CrossDressiNate

Here in the US, CRt and the 169 Project is just that. Revisionism and False History, you are wrong.

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Tuskin38
Tuskin38

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Those examples are the opposite of historical revisionism, they're bring the truth into the light.

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CrossDressiNate
CrossDressiNate

Spoken like a historically illiterate fool.

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jcstudies6962
jcstudies6962

Blade of Agony wasn't scrubbed of swastikas or references to Nazism, though: the few things that the devs removed have no business being in a pulpy fantasy version of WW2. Even in TNO, the sudden trip to a concentration camp felt out of place and completely unearned given how tongue-in-cheek the game had been up to that point.

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CrossDressiNate
CrossDressiNate

Did I ever say that was the issue? No. Thats your opinion and its garbage anyway.

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jcstudies6962
jcstudies6962

Yeah im not going to lose sleep over your opinion, it's clear from your comments how immature and uneducated you are despite calling others illiterate.

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MoodMarine
MoodMarine

You cant say Fantasy without fantastic imagination beyond the usual bs and if this is censored its not what fantasy means tho. So dont call it Schnitzel.

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trabuco
trabuco

6 years of work realizing an artistic vision, only to change that vision over tabloids and drama addicted keyboard warriors.
Many video games, including the original Doom, strived by doing the opposite of what was socially acceptable at the time.

Sad to see this kind of totalitatian purity spiraling ******** spreading to user created mods with full creative freedom.
Sadder yet, seeing people defend it.

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Tormentor667 Author
Tormentor667

Please consider that "censoring" and changing some parts of the game are not because of single people's opinion, it's because of the situation with german law or law in other similarly affected countries.

This is a hobby, a game from free working people. And no hobby is worth enough for getting in court.

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skdursh
skdursh

Come on, anyone who has been paying attention to this whole thing unfold knows this is a lie. You changed everything because some people on Doomworld started throwing a hissy-fit over their hurt feelings because they didn't like specific representations of specific people and then Rachel suggested a large list of things to change to make it more politically correct.

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JdB
JdB

Exactly. The German (political) attitude towards video games depicting WW2 is well known among those involved in creating WW2 games and mods and wasn't a concern for 6 years because otherwise you wouldn't have created what you ended up creating. Some people started moaning and all of a sudden we're supposed to believe that it was a concern all these years?

Not falling for the cop out.

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Arthandas
Arthandas

This is a mod, not a game published in Germany, stop using that excuse, you can put anything you want in it, German (or any other countries') laws don't apply here.

Everyone knows you just bend to the sjws, who probably won't even play this game out of principle, and dissapointed the real fans.

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jrv209
jrv209

not only are you spineless, but you're an outright liar, too. I guess those things go hand in hand though. Good job showing your true colors. BoA is forever uninstalled.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

Spineman strikes again! AHAHA.

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JeffBerkley
JeffBerkley

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Keyboard warriors... here we have an entire legion of them, it seems...

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