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Equality: How Video Games Are Outpacing Reality

SFL Chronicle: Not all video games take the chance to make a political or social statement, and I don’t personally mind that. Sometimes, I just wanna’ shoot sh!t and have fun. But when video games do take on difficult subjects, it’s surprising how much they tend to outpace our own reality. This article (one of hopefully many) is to discuss how games are working towards goals of equality, how tastefully and honestly these subjects are being handled, and how these subjects in the game world compare to the real world the players encounter on a day-to-day basis. Specifically, this week I will be focusing on LGBT subjects, and will focus on a different subject relating to equality in video games (racial equality, feminism, etc.) each new week.

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Dramscus1874d ago

That was such a well written article.

I'm already disappointed that it has been approved less than an article released after it that as poorly written and rambled about being addicted to generic shooter leveling systems and challengers.

Just like gaming needs equality so does this website. Don't be so conservative.

Dramscus1874d ago

There you go, it still took eight times longer than an ign what game do you want on your ps4 article. Which sure it's ign but how many of those have we seen already.

The Matrix1874d ago (Edited 1874d ago )

Now Dramscus won't call us idiots.

Godmars2901874d ago

I'd rather have more surrealism in my games, thank you very much.

Neckbear1874d ago (Edited 1874d ago )

This man gets it.

That said, if you truly want equality, stop branding yourselves as different by any reason. This applies to about everything; from sexuality to race. Not like this applies to the article, but hey, just saying.

Oh, and by the way, most actually hate the homolust in BioWare games. Again, just sayin'

@KFox109

Interesting data; however, I do believe they're just trying to justify the fact they want to appeal even the faggiest of fags. About everyone I've actually talked to who has played, say, Dragon Age II, felt that the homosexual option was nothing but...needless, if bothersome.

I can't speak for everyone, sure, but ah.

@Godmars290

You know, I do have to wonder how hamfisting stereotypes in a videogame makes games more diverse. Surely they could at least handle it in a much more...normal manner, if anything? As it stands, it's as pitiful as looking at a retarded puppy die suffocating in its own shit.

KFox1091874d ago

"Oh, and by the way, most actually hate the homolust in BioWare games. Again, just sayin'"

Clearly not, considering Bioware is adding same-sex romance option in Mass Effect 3 because they feel that it's justified with the data they have collected on how many people actually use the option. This isn't stated by me, mind you. Those are the words of Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series.

Godmars2901874d ago (Edited 1874d ago )

Its not about "equality" but devs realizing that the industry needs to be diverse. That not everything needs to be first or third person, in real time much less as good if not better than reality.

@KFox109:
Yeah, just so long as my male Shepard doesn't become butt-buddies with Mordin from asking him too many questions.

That was about as awkward as him telling me that many women have approached him.

KFox1091874d ago

@Godmars290

I think that's less of an issue of same-sex romances than it is of being ninja-manced in most Bioware games. They said they were working on it. I personally find it hilarious sometimes. I've accidentally romanced crew members, laughed it off, then reset to the last checkpoint.

Thoreau1874d ago

games do not outpace reality. movies, books, and video all are representations of a type of reality.

whydoyouask1874d ago

It's a fictional universe, you can make up anything you want.
Including Equality.