Sorry, I'm not seeing these references you're alluding to. Can you please spell out what it is you're seeing that I'm not? In the mean time, I'm going to play a game that is fun, without any care for internet outrage inside a bunch of hollow sounding chambers.
Meanwhile I got Deep Rock Galactic and it's DLC on a huge sale last week (almost 70% off and even at full price the game is cheap) and I've been having a blast running around as a Drunk & Danish spacedwarf in retro-polygonal style. Rock & Stone!