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The 1950s Approach...To 21st Century Gaming

White. Nearly all main protoganists in Western gaming are white. Even though the Western gaming market is played by a rich and culturally diverse mix of people, most protoganists are white, and male.

"Oh f**k, it's one of those games are racist and sexist rants (close tab.)"


Look, I understand that the topic has been done to death, but what I want to look at is the (in my opinion) the seriously outdated approach to a modern world.

I read a e-mail in GamesMaster titled "Same old, Same old..." which went on about almost every game having male, white hands and how women were never portrayed in games with warfare, even though their are many women in the army. They replied with this, "Most gamers are probably too busy worrying about reloading and deciding which perk to go for to think about this, if we're honest." They did support his arguement at least.

I have a real bone to pick with this though, Maybe it's just a result of having too much time on my hands, but it reminded me of a comic I read, about film theory. It said something along the lines of,

" as a more diverse crowd emerges, the white, heterosexual and male protoganist is becoming increasingly outdated, redundant, and frankly stupid. When we go to the cinema, we want to relate to the characters, and we can even be sub-consciously influenced by them. But people who are homosexual, furries or a different sex etc cannot, so they must look to different characters, which in turn, have been influenced by the main characters perception."

So he's implying, if a girl is a slut in a movie, it could be possible that they are influenced and become slutty, as some people are desperately searching for role models

We need to buck up. This shit shouldn't be flying anymore. Maybe in the 50s, but not now. The gaming industry could far surpass everything else, if only it had the balls to not be so damn childish and pathetic.

P.S I think I might make this a two part, since I don't believe I've fully developed my thoughts on the issue.
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About PK493one of us since 2:53 PM on 04.12.2011

Alright, let's try this again.

My name is Alex. I'm 15 and I hide in my dark corner of the internet writing a so-called "blog" here on Destructoid. I think far too critically of myself which has reflected on my personality, as I'm cyncical and highly critical of...well a lot of stuff.

Anyway, games. It was all about the GameBoy Advance when I was young, and have grown up on an unhealthly diet of portable gaming (GBA,DS,PSP), a recent introduction of console gaming , lots of fictional media, and yummy food.

I'm lazy and very day-dreamy, non-committal and kind of temperamental. Plus I get distracted easily...I'm really painting a rosy picture here aren't I? Still, if you stick around, (I'm hoping) you may find something of quality here, and who knows, I don't think I'm THAT bad, right...right?

So yeah, vidjo games.

Deus Ex Human Revolution
Batman Arkham City
Portal+Portal 2
Mafia II
Total War:Shogun 2
Rayman Advance
Pokemon Crystal
Jurassic Park:Operation Genesis
Super Mario 64
House Of Dead III

Also, I have twitter now, even though I now feel like a complete sell out. Follow me and see how uninteresting I can be.


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