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I’m probably going to figure out how to ban some web sites so that I can promote some studying for the next 3 weeks because its crunch time!
The problem with diversified portrayals in video games is that one small misrepresentation of a certain race/gender identity/sexuality/religion, etc. and people will eat the developers alive. It's just all very risky, even with a diversified team trying their best to be accurate without being stereotypical, someone out there will find a reason to complain about how "poorly portrayed" the character is.
So it’s better to never take risks and have the cast of games be white men for all eternity? I’m not asking that in sarcasm, I’m honestly wondering if that’s what you mean. It’s personally not something I’d like to see- I’d rather see greater diversity that matches up with what we actually see in real life. Most of the world, for instance, is not white.
I think the ire of people’s response isn’t proportional to the desire for there to be characters of differing race/gender/sexuality/etc- and I don’t think the risk of response as big as what you may be proposing.
I think to make strides you need to take risks. I understand that the big name AAA game companies aren’t going to want to do that when their bottom line is profit (and all risk is bad- just remake shooter number 5 a hundred times, those sell, etc). But I think they’re hurting their profits by neglecting a market they could be tapping into. All in all, people DO like representation. People like to see themselves represented in some way, it’s comforting that their existence isn’t being ignored in favor of what’s quick and easy. When I worked at the toy store, I saw this first hand with the sales of Sophia the First versus Doc McStuffins. While not video games, I believe the same sort of principle will hold true.
What a bunch of bologna.
Children of color are different, sure, but they’re human beings. No one is going to blow a gasket if you are sincere about what you’re trying to do, and you do the research to back up your stuff.
I say TAKE ALL THE RISKS!!! Make something that relates to EVERYONE!
Also, little reminder that creators aren’t just white but also POC so they should be allowed to create shows for their kids too, not just my kids.
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i’m so mad. i’m so fucking mad.
I’m so close to making a user name on Penders’ forum to tell him what an asshole he is for using the excuse that because he grew up in a time when “Nazis were being ferreted out” that its excusable for him to be a fucking asshole.
You’re an asshole. You’re a fucking asshole. Just apologize. Just say it was a fucking mistake and fucking apologize.
GOD i’m fucking DONE with this Ken Penders bullshit. I can’t even bring myself to like Knuckles anymore because of this asshole. FUCKing sHIT i’m going back to 1994 and playing sonic and knuckles and pretending this fuck shit doesn’t exist okay
I’m tumblr savioring Ken Penders, I can’t take this asshoel anymore
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