Overwatch Fans are Debating Doomfist's Philosophy About Conflict

Overwatch Fans are Debating Doomfist's Philosophy About Conflict

It's getting pretty heated in the Overwatch forums.

Doomfist is live on Overwatch, and his debut has been explosive to say the least. His proper introduction not only included a total smack down of the Overwatch team, but we as the audience got a little insight into the mind of the man who becomes Doomfist. The animated intro showed Doomfist delivering a little monologue about the nature of the strength, and how conflict breeds superiority. Now Doomfist's belief in the nature of strength seems to have sparked a little philosophical debate on the official Overwatch forums.

In a post titled "Only Through Conflict Do We Evolve" (a Doomfist motto), a user named Tacodip opens the floor for discussion.

"Harsh world view, but yes," responds a user named idSurge. "Competition, not conflict," writes user Ixron (with minus four thumbs). "What's the difference to some people?" asked the original poster to Ixron's comment.

In fact, as the thread continues the discussions become even more in-depth. "Yeah, I didn't associate with Talon at all before this. Now I dislike them less, because I strongly agree with that sentiment," chimes in user eeth. They add, "I still dislike them because I disapprove of their methods."

Flailmorpho counters, "he's correct that conflict is the cause of progress but his social darwinist ideas have a basic misunderstanding of humanity. A group's strength is based on breadth of different life experiences and ability to consider the ideas of all of it's members and trying to find the productive and useful ideas."

If anything, some users suggest that the debate around Doomfist's ideals is indicative of the great writing in Overwatch. "Honestly I like that we are analyzing this and would like to do so for more Heroes (perspective) of Overwatch," comments cmsrDPM.

Overwatch lead writer, Michael Chu, highlighted the thread as it continues to grow. Since the original question about Doomfist's belifs, the thread has gone and covered topics like the Industrial Revolution, political science, automation, and this nice bit about love from user Cheliel who writes:

"[W]hat about love[?] winston's love for tracer and genji evolved him to dominate doomfist[.] can peace (what OW stand for) and love also evolve us?"

Basically this thread is wild and it's interesting players explore the confines of Social Darwinism (a philosophy largely discredited due to the racist and imperialist nature of its reasonings) through the newest Overwatch hero.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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