I don’t know that I’d call anything in that RPS article “offended.” I think “concerned” better describes the thoughts expressed there. And underlying your sentiment are a host of generalizations that always tend to poison discourse online: the idea that any one person represents the values or reactions of an entire group, a vague sense that criticism equals censorship, that caution around culturally fraught topics equals offense, and that the only reason someone might exercise that caution is social signalling.
Consider The Wire, a critically lauded and much beloved television show about drug dealers and cops. The drug dealers in that show are almost universally black. And they often exhibit behaviors one might describe as “thuggish.” The show does not shy away at all from exploring the racial dynamics of crime, policing, and politics in Baltimore. How does it negotiate this fraught landscape with grace? By making sure every character is a fully realized human being. Sometimes these characters do terrible, monstrous things, but the show is fully committed to making you understand why; to ground those actions in a concrete motivation. It’s never trying to excuse anything in this way, but is trying to make a larger statement about social systems and structures of power and how much influence they exert over our choices and options and the futility or utility of our actions. That’s the kind of thing I hope they explore with CP2077, and from all reports it seems that they will. But, it’s also not crazy to be presented with a hand-selected, curated slice of preview content filled with lazy-seeming tropes and exhibit concern about it.
I will admit that the whole trans thing is dumb, based on a poster in the background of a screenshot. There is no possible intent one could gain from that, and CDPR’s response to it has been pretty good and gracious. That said, the RPS article doesn’t even mention it; the whole kerfuffle was generated on social media, which who cares? Social media is pure id.