John Romero explains why you shoot Nazis in Wolfenstein and why it's "more relevant now" | PCGamesN

John Romero explains why you shoot Nazis in Wolfenstein and why it's "more relevant now"

B.J. Blazkowicz

The world has come a long way since Wolfenstein 3D, and even longer since Castle Wolfenstein in 1981. John Romero, one of the founding members of id Software, who developed Wolfenstein 3D back in 1992, doesn't work on the series any more, but he still keeps an eye on it, and thinks MachineGames's take on the series, with Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, is the best it has ever been. 

On a similar note, MachineGames worked out that if they wanted a player to shoot something, the best way to ensure they did was to put a Nazi in front of it.

"I feel that this new one is basically gonna be like what Doom did for the Doom franchise," Romero told us in an interview at the Fun & Serious Game Festival 2017, "[it will] revitalise the franchise. And Wolfenstein has been a really great franchise. There have been more Wolfenstein games, I think, than Doom games. And this new one is basically the best."

Despite MachineGames taking a new angle on Wolfenstein, it's all a part of the experimentation that Romero and id Software tried back in the 1990s. "The stuff that we did, like Spear of Destiny, that was the last Wolfenstein game that we made back then, in that era. And that was touching on some of the crazy Hitler stuff with the magical, you know, he believed in these artifacts that would give him power.

"And that was great fuel for the rest of the series even though we ended it there, at that point. So what they've done is amazing - pretending that Nazis are all over the US now, and alternate timeline stuff, I think it's awesome. I like what they've done with it. I like that they're experimenting with these story lines."

Wolfenstein 2 gameplay

So, even if that bit in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is wild (and, if you've played it, you almost certainly know what bit that's referring to), Romero feels it's a flattering continuation of id Software's experimentation. What's weirder, the magic of Spear of Destiny or [redacted]?

Of course, it's hard to talk about Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus without referring to how it is seen as a not-so-subtle allegory to the presence of alt-right communities in the United States and around the world. Romero, though, doesn't see links between Nazis in Wolfenstein and real-world alt-right threats as a huge part of the series.

"It's like 'What? Really? It's coming back, that's stupid'. But I mean it's a game, so... just like, it's a little more relevant now but I think it might only be more relevant because now the news is at lightning speed. So when anything happens, no matter what it is, you hear about it. So even if the Nazi menace is super minor, any instance of it gets blown up all over social media and stuff, so everyone thinks it's bigger than it actually is."

Back in the 1990s, it was also a different culture for Romero and the team at id Software. "There was no internet, so you didn't have to worry about that. Print media was mostly what we read, and we were not really affected by what anybody thought about our games either. In fact, when we were making Spear of Destiny the publisher that we were making it for said, 'don't stir up that World War Two stuff'. And we're like 'what? Indiana Jones and all these other movies, seriously? They don't stir up... we're doing it. You either take the game or you don't get the game'.

"And that was it. We're going to make it and it's going to go out and then we're going to make the next game. We're going to do whatever we want and we don't care if people like it, and if they don't then don't buy it. That was our attitude the whole time."

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"I Notice PCGamesn has chosen to ignore me. Bad move. I wont be ignored." - Infidel.

Towards the end of last year you said you weren't coming back to this site, what happened?

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Still waiting for an apology to your racist comments.

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And we're still waiting for you to seek professional help. Who comes back to a random internet article in the comments section 5 days later to demand an apology? Get a life. Better yet, get sane first.

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1 Month ago

Just want to point out that the Left leaning party has far more in common with the Nationalist Socialist Workers Party than the right leaning party does.... but lets just ignore fact to shove your personal opinion down my throat right?

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top kek

Explain the difference between nazis and the alt-right then. Protip: you can't

The "alt-left" isn't a thing, no matter how hard you suckle garbage statements from his orange teat like it's the cure for being a NEET incel

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Gotta love how you make a comment comparing the alt right to nazis but cant provide a single thing they have in common. Good job troll.

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1 Month ago

I would appreciate an apology to republicans as well for painting them in a negative light for no reason other than you dont like them. Thats dishonorable. If you can't act professional and report unbiased pieces of work. You dont deserve the position you have and should step down.

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"I would appreciate an apology to republicans as well for painting them in a negative light"

You just accomplished that feat on your own, guy. You sound just as crazy and feverish as the rest of them, so congratulations on that. I actually had to reread it a few times because I couldn't tell if it was a sarcastic troll, but I think you're serious. You seriously need professional help.

From wikipedia: "The alt-right, or alternative right is a loosely-connected and somewhat ill-defined subset of the American and European political far-right, composed chiefly of white supremacists, neo-nazis, neo-fascists, and other fringe hate groups."

Comparing them to Nazis is reasonable, considering they already identify as Neo-Nazis.

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None of what you just said holds any warrant or fact. You also got your information from wiki which I can go on and edit now to say the alt right shits unicorns but that wouldn't make it true. Unfortunately people with no education or logic like yourself would believe it. Again: No one can tell me how the right leaning side of America is similar to Nazis. They literally dont hold a single thing in common. Racists are in every political group. Blaming just the right is pathetic and shows how ignorant you are.

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"You also got your information from wiki which I can go on and edit now to say the alt right shits unicorns but that wouldn't make it true. Unfortunately people with no education or logic like yourself would believe it. Again: No one can tell me how the right leaning side of America is similar to Nazis."

It's quite a bit more than what you've shown to support your claims; literally nothing. Denial doesn't make anything true, or untrue. You can deny as much as and as hard as you want, considering you're clearly crazy and uneducated anyway.

" I'm part of a group that attacks companies that spread lies and propaganda for a political agenda(Also the definition of terrorism) Please dont become a target by comparing Nazis to the Alt right again. Thats disgusting and unwarranted."

I have no logic and I'm the uneducated one? LOL. Ok guy. More than likely you're just an edgy kid trying to find purpose, and the most far out, controversial things are the most attractive.

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Infidel replied to Infidel
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My evidence that republicans and conservatives aand right leaning folks aren't racist is myself you fucking idiot. I'm not a racist and I'm a conservative, MY family is conservative and we're not racist. The countless black conservatives are not racist. The fact that we dont have a single thing in common with the National Socialist Workers Party. Weird though that bernie claimed to be socialist. Weird that the left, democrats and liberals all want socialism and communism. Thats my fact. You can insult me however you want you can disagree with how I went about this but you cannot deny that I'm right. That would be ignorant and flat out stupid. I'm uneducated? Oh yeah clearly because I'm not refering to history or fact or anything...Once again that was a stupid statement. I'm clearly more educated than you want to give me credit for because you dislike me and are adding in a personal bias instead of looking at this logically and factually. But you do you boo boo. I dont need your respect and dont care if you agree with me. At the end of the day. I know I'm right and thats all that matters. Edgy kid? No I was an edgy kid while I was in afghanistan protecting retards like you and your freedoms to say dumb shit like you did. Now I'm just a very blunt and pissed off adult. Big difference. I Notice PCGamesn has chosen to ignore me. Bad move. I wont be ignored.

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