Description

Social Justice Warriors is a satirical role-playing game that transforms the standard medieval fantasy heroes of RPGs into social media crusaders facing an endless horde of ignorant, bigoted internet trolls.  Contradict the fallacies of internet trolls as a Social Justice Paladin dueling with comments, a Social Justice Cleric channeling the power of a deified online community, a Social Justice Mage weaving words into powerful spells of online journalism, or a Social Justice Rogue striking from the shadows of the internet.  Warriors fight and fall by the measure of their Patience and Reputation meters so you must choose: rely solely on logical arguments even if the troll ignores them or stoop to their level and retort with ad hominem attacks of your own?

Background

In March 2014, an image circulated titled “SJW videogame ‘journalists’ to avoid” listing a number of videogame journalists from prominent websites.  Inspired by this dismissive image, I created the game as an expression of frustration with people’s use of divisive labels to discredit and silence each other. No matter what social values you embody, attacking and ridiculing other people not only fails to achieve progress but has an additional effect of escalating the conflict while exhausting your patience and eroding your reputation.

I chose not to depict social justice warriors as the negative stereotype but as a symbol for any human standing up against ignorance. By pairing social justice warriors with the opposing label used to dismiss someone online – troll – in a modernization of a medieval fantasy RPG, I hoped to get people talking about how we interact online and to reconsider their own actions in the future.

For more information about the intentions behind the game, read Making a Social Justice Warriors Game.  To read about the public’s reactions to the game, assigning it dismissive and contradictory labels of “pro-SJW game” and “anti-SJW game,” read Releasing a Social Justice Warriors Game.  I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the game.

For the month of December 2014, all proceeds from Social Justice Warriors sales were donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, totaling $200. Read more here.

In November 2016, Social Justice Warriors was part of A Good Bundle, raising more than $160,000 for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Read more here.

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Game Updates / Press Releases

“Patience” Update #5 – December 14, 2016 – remastered game update with mouse input, text scaling, and bug fixes
A Good Bundle
– November 24, 2016 – SJW included in charity game bundle to raise $100k+ for ACLU and Planned Parenthood
“One Year Later” Update #4
– May 12, 2015 – expanded dialog and Social Justice Champion gameplay
“Steamy Update” Update #3
 – February 27, 2014 – Steam release, added achievements, new art, new  music, increased to 1600 lines of dialog
Donating Proceeds to Charity – December 1, 2014 – Proceeds from sales donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
“Warriors Are Everywhere” Update #2 – December 1, 2014 – Added five warrior classes, three troll bosses, Social Justice Champion gameplay
“Spicy, Juicy” Update #1 – August 7, 2014 – Added sound effects, doubled attack pool

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The Social Justice Paladin            The Social Justice Mage            The Social Justice Cleric              The Social Justice Rogue
The Social Justice Ranger The Social Justice Necromancer The Social Justice Sorcerer
The Social Justice Bard The Social Justice Druid The Social Justice Champion

    

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Logo/Icons

Social Justice Warriors

Social Justice Warriors

Social Justice Warriors

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Collaborators

10011, design, programming, sound
Justin Aftab, music, sound
Maarten Boot, pixel art

Contact

press@nonadecimal.com
@Nonadecimal