I know this has been discussed before. E.g. the Kingdom Come: Deliverance thread comes to my mind. But I have not found a dedicated topic. I hope it’s okay to make a new one and I hope it’s not P&R.
So, what is this about?
You play a game you enjoy and find out the guy who made it is nuts. You really don’t appreciate what he’s publicly(!) doing when he’s not making games.
Does this have an effect on you?
It’s the first time for me I wonder if I want to continue a game I really like… because I have accidentally found out the guy who made it preaches ‘fake medicine’ and is also selling books on that topic.
When it comes to art my stand is clear: Art shines a light on things we sometimes don’t understand, can’t understand, that are beyond our capacities. And it’s not meant to be alright. Art often deals with stuff I actually don’t want to have in my life. When I deal with art it’s like a search. The least thing I’d asked for is that the art I appreciate comes from a sane mind / shares my political view. In that sense I clearly seperate the art from the artist. If the artist is nice… that’s nice. But it really doesn’t matter.
But when it comes to games… I’m not so sure. It’s just jumping, puzzles, shooting… and I know who made it is someone who’s selling books telling unscientific/dangerous things about illness.