Op Ed

  • The Verge - Elden Ring’s character creator fails Black players. Thanks Max.
    "This isn’t just an Elden Ring problem; it’s a video game problem. For many years, players of color have had to mod in things like kinky hairstyles and better, more authentic-looking skin tones in order to have the kind of representation that white players get by default. Games with a customizable protagonist are nearly always represented with a white-passing avatar. And when games do include Black hairstyles, it’s almost always only a fade and an afro, which are the go-to styles whenever a character creator wants to give the appearance of inclusivity while not actually being all that inclusive. (Looking at you, Mass Effect.)"
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William Rubin wrote on Feb 27, 2022, 14:45:
theglaze wrote on Feb 27, 2022, 13:07:
I agree. Devs should cater to narcissists of all types, so each player can change their hero to look exactly like them, and truly admire their meta-self. That's why I only read books in which the protagonist has my name. I'm just flabbergasted that authors dare to write about anyone else.
If it's narcissism when black players want to be able to play black characters but can't, how much more narcissistic is it when white players actually do that? And therefore more importantly, why doesn't that bother you as much as black players saying they want to do what white players already can?
nar·cis·sism /ˈnärsəˌsizəm/ noun: excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one's physical appearance.

  • "I tinkered with it for a good hour, setting my sliders just right to make an avatar that I think looks as much like me as I can get."
  • "I’m a character creator aficionado. It’s an enduring obsession born from the days of the dress-up flash games in the early aughts."
  • "Playing with a character creator is one of my favorite forms of expression."
  • "I delight in fiddling with them...I can test new hairstyles and makeup colors that I could then use on my real flesh."
  • "I remember tooling with a Picrew game, testing what a nearly bald head might look like on me. I enjoyed it so much that when I cut off my hair for real"
Excessive interest in her physical (and digital) appearance? Checkbox.
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