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You often hear the video game press writing articles on how white male gamers like myself despise playing video games that don’t have the standard white male protagonists in them. And if you consider what I wrote about (here) and what video games means to myself and most gamers as an entertainment medium and form of escapism. Would it not be completely contradictory that when games are about escapism into a fantasy world, and “role-playing” as something or someone else that you would refuse a new experience because the character in a video just so happens to me a POC or female? Do these people not hear themselves when they write these types of things? I mean seriously. It is the exact opposite of what is currently happen in the real world. Horizon Zero Dawn sold more than 2 million copies in just over two weeks, and coincidently one of my favorite games of 2017.
A lot of people ask me what is an almost 40-year-old guy still doing playing video games? Gaming as a hobby and entertainment form has become pretty mainstream and socially acceptable in this day and age. But back in the 80’s when I was first exposed to video games (SNES) it was still a pretty underground hobby and entertainment form. Right up there with pen and paper dungeons and dragons. Did I think I will still be playing games after picking up my first controller at the tender age of eight? Honestly no, but as the years passed and I progressed from playing games on the SNES, Sega Saturn and then the original Xbox and PlayStation it slowly started become part of my life. It started to become more than just video games and pixels on the screen for me, it became a form of escapism for me from the rough childhood I had.
You don’t see this too often in the video game industry these days, especially from a technical aspect. An official behind the scenes look at how Guerrilla Games pulled off the amazing visuals and open world in Horizon Zero Dawn. And I highly recommend you give it a watch as it shows the love and dedication that Guerilla games put into this game. Be aware though only watch this after you have played and finished the game as it contains some spoilers. As an all-round package, Horizon Zero Dawn one of the most impressive console game released to date.
The combination of open world, great graphics, great combat, and controls is insanely hard to pull off, but they did. My spoiler-free review of this amazing game you can find it but only after you have played and finished the game as it contains some spoilers. As an all-round package, Horizon Zero Dawn one of the most impressive PS4 games and console games released to date. The combination of open world, great graphics, great combat, and controls is insanely hard to pull off, but Guerrilla Games did. If you want to read my spoiler-free review of this amazing game you can find it over here.
Melanie Ehrenkranz: What happens when developer X releases their “diversity” report and they don’t meet your or any other social justice or feminists criteria? Do they get a scarlet mark next to their names? Do they get named and shamed? Or boycotted? Who decides on what the benchmark should be? My second question would be: Does a diverse development company really correlate with better sales at the end of the day? If so some data to back it up would be really nice. Here is the issue I have with your comment, does adding more woman, POC or any other sexual orientation add value to the company or game design when it is being pushed or forced onto developers and publishers? I would say no, pushing our medium to make better games won’t happen when you are forcing these companies to tick invisible diversity boxes.