Why racial diversity and authenticity in games benefit players

The representation of racially diverse and authentic playable characters in video games will result in more powerful experiences for players, according to game designers Mattie Brice and Toiya Kristen Finley.

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_FantasmA_1878d ago

I agree we need more diversity but that shouldn't mean just black guys. It seems like blacks are the only ones that make a big deal about this so then we get a black guy in game just for the sake of equality and not because he fits the story. I'd like to see some Arabic, Latinos, Asians, and Natives as protagonists but without making them stereotypical. Women would be nice too, but stop making them strong women. We need weaklings too! Not every character needs to be a muscular badass.

Kyosuke_Sanada1878d ago

Haunting Ground is the game for you, yet the game got flak for being realistic and people were actually offended by it.

zerocrossing1878d ago (Edited 1878d ago )

Nothing wrong with some racial diversity.

rezzah1878d ago

Except when it is used to promote a sense of racial diversity, not actual racial diversity.

zerocrossing1878d ago

Well yeah, I can't disagree with that.

I will admit gaming still has a way to go but I'm happy to see steps being made.

Yodagamer1878d ago (Edited 1878d ago )

I really don't see how it'd benefit me if there was I couldn't care less if the character was black white or purple. A good character would still be a good character and a bad one would still be a bad one regardless of the skin color. I suppose it would be nice, but would it effect me? Probably not

MiasmaDodo1878d ago

@fantasma - agreed. Diversity shouldn't only mean Black people. As a Latino I rely on create a character to see "me" in the game. Which is why I champion it so much for games.

GTA 5 should have a Latino lead character
(Los Angeles /Los Santos = 92% Latino) I live here.

_FantasmA_1878d ago (Edited 1878d ago )

True. In the US its goes: Whites>Latinos>Blacks> ;Asian in terms of population but anytime someone wants to show diversity, they put a black guy in. Its unrealistic. Notice how almost every McDonalds or Budweiser commercial has 1 black guy in a group of 4 or 5 white guys. It looks so obvious that its forced.

I don't mind white characters, but they could make them Italian, European, Canadian, etc. White doesn't have to mean Murican all the time you know. They could be diverse even within the white race as funny as that sounds. Why does the 3rd place minority get used more than the 2nd and 4th?? A GTA set in California without having a Mexican/Central American or Asian is a true crime. Good thing Sleeping Dogs wasn't afraid to use an Asian. Wei Shen FTW!

Ripsta7th1878d ago

This year Latinos went even with Americans

iceman061878d ago

I think that the reason why they put Black people to show diversity is simply because it is the easy thing to do. Show a black guy, no problems with diversity. The real issue, as you stated, is that it is just inclusion in the vise of diversity. There should be, in my opinion, diversity where it is warranted. Just don't force it just because there has to be at least one because that doesn't serve anybody.

DarkHeroZX1878d ago

The thing about being Latino/Hispanic is it isn't a race. I'm Hispanic but my race is black, I am also a quarter Thai on my father's side. Anyway you can be white, black, or asian 100% and still be latin/Hispanic.

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