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Report: Video Games Do Not Accurately Represent Minorities

According to online reports, USC's Annenberg School for Communication has completed a study that compares game protagonists to their audiences and to American society -- and finds that the racial makeup of characters does not reflect either.

The study, as passed on by Science Daily, encompassed "the top 150 games in a year across nine platforms and all rating levels". The games were also weighted "by each title's popularity".

Dmitri Williams, social psychologist and assistant professor at USC, lead the study. While Williams says that "Latino children play more video games than white children," the report states that no games featured characters that were both playable and "recognizably Hispanic". (However, the existence of the Gears Of War series' Dominic Santiago appears to contradict this statement.)

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