ZZYZX wrote:So if something is so controversial and narrow, I just don't see why should it be an engine feature and not a modification.
To show support, plain and simple.
Wanting nothing but to avoid controversy isn't a good way to moderate or present yourself, not to offend any who don't like drama - it's just resulted in Doom's community becoming fractured, as people take hard stances on things that actively hurt people (calling people offensive terms, slurs or otherwise - and yes, SJW counts, not as a slur, but as a sleight specifically intentioned to hurt others - or other behaviors like purposefully defaming or manipulating people.) and others end up doing nothing.
I'd say the fact that time and time again controversy has cropped up in this community repeatedly shows the flaws of that mentality. Over and over again, being passive or complacent has resulted in internal drama and controversy even at the highest level. Just look at BoA's 3.0 release and all that surrounds that, which in fact, did harm people emotionally, and Torm had shown himself to be at least somewhat of the mindset of complacency, since he was apparently informed of Marisa's transition (but earlier had claimed to not have been informed,)
but decided not to change her name in the final release, simply because he thought it 'would be okay'
despite its entire purpose being to reference somebody specifically, to show respect. Refusing to honor her personal choices defeats the purpose of that, along with the rest of her portrayal, and disrespects her. I hate to bring it up in detail, but it outlines my point fairly well.
There is no harm in adding this feature. It may indirectly *cause* people to harm one another, but most of the people that would have a negative reaction to this feature are people that we shouldn't want in our community anyway, because again, this feature does *nothing to harm anyone* and shows solidarity and support with a large portion of the community. Not every feature should be accepted, not everything like this should be added, but this feature will make a lot of people happy and more comfortable, at the very least from the dev team showing their support of this. Yes, you risk getting threatened, but those people will make that choice themselves.
As for most of the translation issues being brought up in this thread, it's already been established that this feature automatically turns itself off if the language isn't english. Yes, there are problems in other languages with pronouns and pronoun usage, but we aren't asking for that, and that's more of an issue with those languages themselves, and we can't account for all of them with every single feature. Again, even for other languages, with the current system, we should be able to just implement a simple "player gender" vs "character gender" as has already been discussed, meaning they can still be referred to how they want while still maintaining compatibility with mods that use the current gender system.