Jonjonz wrote on Feb 28, 2022, 06:35:
Some folks just don't get it, make options to create stereo-typical racial / life style types and become labeled rascist / homophobic and soon have your game littered with intentionally objectionable avatars.
Perhaps a lifelike avatar of Michael Spinks complete with missing teeth, think again.
How about a look alike of the Watto character in Star Wars wearing a Yamaka.
Bent out of shape because you can't recreate Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead) in the character creator?
These are simply games meant to be marketed to the broadest possible market while offending the fewest folk possible.
They are not "the man" out to get ________ (choose a minority, sexual kink, or other stereo type)
Yeah no one here is making that argument except for possibly Cutter. It's not a matter of them being the "man" out out to get me or anyone else. It is that there are far fewer white hair options for black people that we would be interested in putting on our black characters that actually match the kind of actual hair we have. It is a problem that has existed for a long time in video games and the disparity between that and the myriad of options for white characters is actually kind of jarring. It is not only a From Software problem either. It's in many video games with character customization.
But just to highlight how out of touch with reality some gamers can be: I am from Barbados where the majority of my gamer friends are black. One time when a white/Chinese friend of mine was showing off the Mass Effect 2 character creator, he let me have a go at it (didn't have the game yet). So I started to create my character...and he stopped me in the middle of it saying "Why are you creating a black character? Everybody creates a black character and they all look the same?"
So right there you have 2 issues. 1) He was being incredibly racially insensitive because almost everybody present was black. And 2) It was obvious that the character creator wasn't adequate enough to give a range of options to create the kind of black characters we would have wanted...even though the ME 2 character creator was lauded as pretty decent at the time.
It also shows that Cutter was talking nonsense when he said that black people don't care what type of characters we create. Obviously we care and want to create a character that we can roleplay with and identify with. And that's really all it's about. No one is saying anything other than that gaming companies can do better. And that they should do better in the future.