Most white people and straight people who played the games found little to no issue with those particular issues. Gamers on the margins of society though spotted and called them out immediately. Our criticism of these games, their developers, and the industry as a whole is valid and necessary. No, we didn’t help make the games. We didn’t do thecoding or write the dialogue, but we can help to make it better. We can help the developers make their next game better than the first. The mods we make, the fanfiction we write– we do it because there’s a void in our games. We feel the need to fill it with something that isn’t racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or a combination of all those things. We want to fill the void with the things that speak to us and our experiences.
There’s a reason behind the things we do and say, we’re not nitpicking just to be annoying or just to get a rise out of people. We’re not doing this because it’s the “pc” thing to do. We’re doing it because we know that our games and the developers can do better. We want to push them to make that quality product we know they’re capable of making.
The one thing I don’t quite understand is why people are so resistant to the idea of having different types of people in video games. These are games that have magic, dragons, and time travel. Video games largely deal with a fantasy world; especially once you get into the realm of sci-fi games and typical role-playing games. These are games set far in the future where we can travel from star system to star system and meet (and even fall in love with) different alien species. They’re games on different planets but in medieval-like times, where you can talk to dragons and duel with ghosts. Why, in those settings, are the presence of people of color, queer people, and trans people all of a sudden “unrealistic”?
Why does the hero have to be heterosexual, cis, white men like Booker DeWitt or Nathan Drake? Why can’t we have more Black women save the day like Aveline de Grandpré or Nilin? Instead of giving a character like Jacob Taylor a stereotype filled and extremely racist storyline, why not give him a story arc free of the usual tropes and stereotypes? Why do these simple suggestions sound so far fetched to most people?
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