"We have to keep including Nazis as villains - in fact, we have to do so more - but only in their horrible and disturbing entirety.”
It reminded me of a similar discussion I read in a newspaper many, many years ago, regarding 'Allo 'Allo, of all things, where the conclusion was that the best way to undermine Nazis was to make them look like buffoons.
It's something I've been thinking about a fair bit recently, because I've been watching the TV show Preacher, on Amazon. In that, Adolf Hitler appears as a character - albeit one doomed to spend eternity in Hell - but his portrayal is one that is weirdly sympathetic... and sort of pathetic.
I've not reached the end of the series yet - so maybe it's going to show that his gentle demeanour was all an act - but it's a brave move to make in the current social climate. Of course, two of the people responsible for putting Preacher on TV are Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg - who aren't exactly not-Jewish - so... fair enough. The anti-semitism they've no doubt encountered over their lives has earned them that right.
Inevitably, Kirk's piece got a lot of backlash from - well - those who think we should stop bringing up the Nazis, because the past is the past, and politics have no place in video games, and video games are escapism, and blah-blah-blah.
I probably - hopefully - don't need to point out why these perspectives are wholly wrong-headed in this day and age, why video game creators have every right to put political discussion into their games, and why anyone saying that Nazis should be left in the past are completely on the money, but also deluded if they're not aware that the Nazis themselves haven't exactly left the whole "being a Nazi" thing in the past.