Is It Racist?
Since its initial release, Weed Shop The Game has been accused of being racist, sexist, ageist, etc. by self-righteous trolls who hadn’t even gotten past level 1 in the game. We’ve expected that kind of blowback from the moment we decided to make it available on iOS and we’ve been dealing with these nutcases privately for quite some time now.
However, a recent review made us lose our cool and, since there’s no way to respond to anonymous vigilantes on the Appstore, it lead to this very public rant. If you’re too lazy to read the screenshot, here’s the gist of it:
Moon Brown, aka our online warrior for racial equality, got all the way to level 2 of the game where a neglected customer (who turned out to be black) offered him less cash for the same amount of weed than a previous customer from level 1 (who was white, by the way). Instead of progressing in the game and improving his customer’s satisfaction while raising the sale prices (which is the point of the game), the troll then took to the Appstore calling the game “racist crap”.
While we’d love to explain the definition of racism and the legal ramifications of libel to Mr. Brown, a weed games website is not the right platform to do so. Instead we’d rather shed some light on how the weed price algorithm works in all of the Weed Shop games, which might actually be useful to some of you who enjoy playing the game. There are a lot of variables at play which affect the sale price but race is not one of them. The only variables that matter when in comes to the final sale price per customer are:
- Base Price – Gets generated per customer using a random variation range based on the player’s current respect level.
- Customer’s Loyalty – Is increased with each sequential sale and decreased upon rejecting a customer.
- Player’s Respect Level – Is accumulated throughout the game and is also known as the XP level.
- Special Merchandise – Certain merch items can be bought online to temporarily or even permanently boost the sale prices.
That’s all there’s to it, but if you can still find a racial issue with the game (even after seeing the screenshot above which discredited the troll’s racism theories at first glance), then stay away from Candy Crush Saga, we heard it’s mad racist.