In predictable fashion, the wokesters responsible for Amazon’s New World MMORPG have decided to replace the celebration of Christmas with a generic fake holiday called the Winter Convergence Festival. This festival started in winter of 2021 in the same year that New World launched.
Ignoring Christmas in a historically themed makes no sense. Even though it has some fantasy elements, New World takes place in the real world between the 15th and 16th century around the time of the Spanish conquistadors who were commissioned by Spain to explore the world. Priests and friars brought holy relics with them and accompanied the conquistadors to administer the sacraments. Religious festivals and holidays like Christmas would have been integral to the life of Spanish people during this time period.
Spain was and still is a Roman Catholic nation. Christmas was and still is a holy day (holiday) of obligation in the Roman Catholic church and during the time period that Amazon’s New World takes place. Advent and the celebration of Christ’s birth are one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar. The European explorers in New World would have no doubt brought their Christian faith and religious observances with them.
As I pointed out in a previous article, despite all of this history, Roman Catholicism and Christianity are completely absent from New World. Although there are occasional crosses on tombstones in graveyards, there are no Roman Catholic churches, chapels, statues of Jesus, Mary, the saints, or crucifixes in New World. Instead you get a bland, woke version of the Epcot Center where all cultures have magically arrived on a mysterious island and all of them are somehow athiests and devoid of religion.
New World is not Azeroth, Norrath or Middle-earth where the designers could not have legitimately used Christmas for their winter holiday event. If any MMO had the right to called a winter holiday “Christmas” it was Amazon Games’ New World. Instead, they took the coward’s way out.
There is no excuse for this failure to include Christmas in New World. I believe the reason they replaced Christmas with Winter Convergence Festival is because they are reflecting their own godless metropolitan values and personal disdain for Christianity. There are no profiles in courage here as they are afraid to offend their fellow wokesters in the video game press and their woke studio colleagues.
In 1981, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas released Raiders of the Lost Ark. A few years later in 1989, they released Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. At the heart of both of these fictional blockbuster adventures were objects of historical and religious significance: the Ark of the Covenant, and the Holy Grail. The public did not recoil because of the religious nature of these objects (MacGuffins) in these films; they embraced them and these great films are still beloved by millions.
Despite the recent surge of athiesm, religion is intrinsic to humanity. The wokesters who work at Amazon will never understand that Americans, by and large are a religious people. Religion depicted in entertainment portrayed tastefully and respectfully, especially in a historical context, should not be something that the entertainment industry should be afraid of.
Christians have celebrated the holy time of Advent that leads up to the birth of Christ (Christmas) for over 2,000 years. Christmas is a rich tapestry of religion and culture that’s is celebrated uniquely in every different European, Medditerian, and Middle-Eastern culture. Done with love and respect, the celebration of Christmas could have been a wonderful, authentic cultural enhancement that bolsters the immersion of Amazon’s New World.
Just as players would expect to see Norse deities and Norse religious observances in a Viking themed MMO, New World players should rightly expect to see Christian holidays observed in New World which is based on a particular time in human history based on the deeds of Spanish conquistadors who were fierce warriors and devout Roman Catholics. Instead, they will get a ridiculous generic winter holiday concocted by weak, woke, ignorant, nihilistic cowards.