Social Justice Warriors is a role-playing game, inspired by the ridiculous list of “social justice warrior” videogame journalists to avoid. It transforms you into a crusader for online morality, a champion of internet justice, and the lone defender standing valiantly against the encroaching morass of wilful human ignorance.
You’re given a choice of four different classes – Paladin, Cleric, Mage and Rogue – all with their own unique troll-thwarting rebukes and actions, such as ‘publish an article illuminating the path to a brighter humanity”, “tweet a list of your trolls character flaws”, “retire to the confines of the r/ commune with like minds” or “immolate the opposition by naming them directly”. Each class has a preferred weapon of choice, with Paladins using Twitter, Clerics using Reddit, Mages writing powerful opinion pieces, and Rogues fighting fire with fire.
The warriors and their opponents fight and fall by the measure of their Sanity and Reputation meters. There are a variety of different trolls – ignorant, popular, stubborn, intellectual, etc. – each with different character traits and weaknesses. They constantly confound your sanity with their ignorance and hate while actively working to destroy your reputation with wild accusations and photo-shopped evidence of your misdeeds.
Social Justice Warriors gently pokes fun at those on the internet who take these things too seriously, encouraging people to consider the impact of their actions online. As you go up against an endless supply of trolls one thing becomes clear – the only way to truly win is by not taking part in the first place. It’s telling that on the title screen you can select “Don’t battle for social justice”, which leads you to a famous and rather fitting Mark Twain quote.
The game is due for release within the next couple of weeks, with game developer Nonadecimal in the process of adding new troll attacks, the ability to tweet high scores and other improvements. Nonadecimal is keen to hear any feedback on balancing as this will be tweaked before final release. Feedback can be given in the comments section below – no trolling! :)
Visit the Official Website HERE
Watch a video of it in action HERE
Play the Beta in a Unity supported browser HERE – not available any more
UPDATE: SJW has now been released, you can purchase the full game for just $1