February 28, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture
Arguing with someone online, even if it's just one person, can be one of the most exhausting, distracting things you will ever do. The constant, useless back-and-forth of fighting with someone who, in all likelihood, is either an idiot or just looking to agitate you, will whittle you down like nothing else. If more than one person dogpiles onto you, though, best of luck spending an otherwise productive day trying to change the minds of people you don't even care about. Well, now you can do all that for fun in Nonadecimal Creative's Social Justice Warriors, which has just released on Steam.
Using the framework of warriors, clerics, and thieves fighting against monsters, Social Justice Warriors makes the battle of the social justice warrior against the dread troll entertaining, though. Your job is to wear down either the sanity or reputation of your opponent, and they are trying to do the same to you. They'll attack your reputation with photoshopped evidence and harm your sanity with logical fallacies, but you have great power to fight back with. Each class has certain special arguing abilities by creating blogs, attacking the other player's character, and calling on outside powers to help. Do you use the paladin's block ability to shield yourself from a verbal attack, or attack from behind using dummy accounts created by the social justice rogue? All of this is done through simple dialogue choices, making your war a simple one to execute.
As you ignore, confound, and slander to move on to your next opponent, maybe you'll notice the little hidden barb in the game. You know, the one where, in an argument where winning is the only desirable outcome instead of understanding, both sides can be terrible people? The one where your tactics start looking an awful lot like those of the trolls? It's an interesting point the game makes, and all while turning one of the most tiresome, frustrating things you can go through online into a goofy, fun game.
Social Justice Warriors is available for $7.99 on Steam (and is on sale for %25 off during launch week). For more information on Nonadecimal Creative and Social Justice Warriors, you can go to the developer's site or follow them on YouTube and Twitter.