Imagine you’re a MMO dev working on a project in, oh, say, five years from now.
Just how hard will you have to work at not offending a single soul with what you include, what you don’t, what your filters will catch and what they let slip? How will it even be possible to create boundaries for the community that won’t be labeled as “hateful” or “exclusive” without throwing the doors open to allow a free-for-all that will most certainly offend quite a lot of folks?
How much of the real world will you absolutely have to include as not to stir the firestorm of controversy that blows up when players realize they can’t say X, or have their character be [sexual orientation/religion/political affiliation] in an IP that usually doesn’t deal with that sort of thing? What guidelines will you set forth for your CMs to keep a lid on the insanity without stepping on the toes of political correctness?
Because I honestly think it’ll be impossible.