On this episode of 1 Minute Rant, I try to tackle the very tricky issue of representation in video games, with a particular focus on trans representation. Watch it above, and you can find all our other videos on our YouTube Channel.
It was such a tricky issue that I smashed through the self-imposed 60 second limit I’d given myself for these videos. There was so much I wanted to say. I could have easily said more. So I’m going to say some more here.
First of all, let me make myself crystal clear. I am 100% for seeing trans characters in games. My personal view is that it will be just another color to add to gaming’s already diverse palate.
But the problem boils down to this – having a fair representation of the humans that exist in the world should be the norm, and developers need to adopt this mentality rather than integrating characters of different subgroups purely for the sake of appeasement. We need game studios to take a look at what the world is really like, and not bow down to the pressure that emanates from social groups whose focus is less on equality and more on their own personal agendas.
Prime example – Mass Effect Andromeda. You can tell a mile off that the interaction with Hainly Abrams was just so that BioWare could say they had included a trans character in their game.
More effort needs to be put towards to making video games reflect reality. What’s to lose? If you do it well, you won’t offend the majority of gamers who are just playing to have fun, and you broaden your target audience, which in turn leads to more sales.
Racial, gender, and trans representation are all pertinent issues that need unfortunately still need addressing.
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