Is there a place at the table for a conservative thinking game developer? It seems like the majority of developers in the game industry (indie and AAA) are left-leaning and very vocal. I'm more right-leaning, and not so vocal. Not so much because I'm afraid that I'll be boycotted or something if I speak up (as if that would make a difference in my sales anyway), but simply because all I want to do is make games. My conservative values are largely irrelevent to my work as a game developer. But with all the political noise I hear from the left, I'm starting to wonder if my silence is being forced on me. For example, Insomniac Games posted a video on YouTube where the Founder and CEO of the company stood in front of, what looked like the entire staff of the company and said that they all oppose President Trump's immigration moratorium. That video made me wonder if there were any employees standing in that room who disagreed with their CEO. If not, was it just a coincidence that all Insomniac employees also happen to be against Trump's policies? If there were people in the company who disagreed with their CEO, did they feel discriminated against? I would imagine being the one guy still in his cubicle when everyone else leaves to shoot that Youtube video would certainly paint a target on your back.
To give a non-game developement example, Hollywood is also largely left-leaning and some of the speeches at the recent SAG awards certainly demostrate that. However, I happen to know of a few celebrities in Hollywood who are conservative and who are afraid to say anything because their are afraid it will hurt their career. Every once in a while one springs up and says something and then faces backlash. Joy Villa is a good example.
I just wonder if the same is true for the game industry. Regardless, I'll keep making games. Ultimately I just would like to know if I am welcome to express my conservative views, without fear of backlash, if I choose to do so.
I'd also like to know if I'm the only indie developer with conservative views. There were obviously enough voters to push Trump over the 270 mark and its hard for me to believe that none of them are game developers.