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Study: There is a Lack of Hispanic and Black Characters in Gaming

A recent study by University of Southern California Professor Dmitri Williams found an overwhelming lack of diversity in video game characters. Williams, a social psychologist by training, compared the ethnic diversity found in his survey of 150 games across nine platforms and all ratings to categories contained in the American census. He found that fewer than 3 percent of video game characters were recognizably Hispanic and none were playable. Native Americans and biracial characters were practically non-existent. African Americans enjoyed a rate of 10.74 percent, with a big caveat; they were mostly athletes and gangsters.

The assertion that whites constitute the majority of consumers in the gaming industry is inaccurate. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, African American youth between the ages of 8 and 18 play games 30 minutes more per day than white youth, while Hispanics play an average of 10 minutes more.

Until research is done on the motivation of video game developers and the publishers they work for, we can only make educated guesses as to the overwhelming lack of diversity within the industry. We can be certain about one thing, however. From the press to the games they cover, the absence of black or Hispanic characters is limiting its fan base, its narrative potential, and its creative ideas.

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Jocosta2254d ago

Simple: make more characters of ambiguous ethnicity, covers all the bases and no one can bitch.

Pozzle2254d ago (Edited 2254d ago )

I'm surprised more devs don't do that, tbh. Not only because it would help appeal to a larger audience of gamers, but also because it would be nice to have a bit more variety in game characters. There are so any different looking people in the world, so it's weird that many game devs stick to "generic white marine" or "generic sexy white/asian lady" when there are so many different combinations of facial features and skin tones that could be used to create a unique and interesting character.

I wish I had even an ounce of artistic skill. I'd love to be able to draw and design different sorts of characters.

Chocoboh2254d ago

or how about this - I'm the developer I make the game I want and if you don't like it than gtfo

I like that more^^

UltimateIdiot9112254d ago

I say leave the race, makes the characters more believable. Simply, they should just use more race or make more diversity in games.

But in my opinion, it's miles better than what hollywood is doing. Throwing non-asain actors/actresses into asian roles. Whitewashing everything and anything. Giving villian roles to minority. When a minority is giving a star role, most of the time it's the female lead and involves sexualization of the character.

Kyosuke_Sanada2254d ago

That's why I liked Killer 7, someone for everybody. ^^

CyrusNightshade2254d ago

Maybe Tyler Perry should start making games

GunofthePatriots2254d ago

tyler perry's uncharted: in the hood!

Kyosuke_Sanada2254d ago

with Madea as Victor "Gatdamn!" Sullivan

Thanks for the laugh guys ^^.

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