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Ubisoft Apologizes
Bah, I thought I was done with this... but yet here we go again.

Ubisoft apologized for a lack of diversity in their games. They then vowed to try and diversify for future games. www.escapistmagazine.com/news/…

See guys? THIS is when all that “social justice warrioring” bullshit pays off. Yes it’s kinda annoying that everyone was bitching about Ubisoft (myself included) for the past week or so... but guess what? All that bitching actually ACHIEVED something! Companies take their reputations very seriously, and noticing that they were getting a lot of shitty press means they’ll work very hard towards turning that around because no company likes to be known as the worse of anything (with the possible exception of EA).

This is also the sort of thing that I think raising a hissy fit on the internet actually works. A lot of people like to say “let the market decide and vote with your wallet,” but I’ve repeatedly pontificated here why I don’t think that actually works. “Vote with your wallet” doesn’t actually tell companies WHY you’re upset, so instead they’re left to try and figure it out with their tiny brains and they usually come to the wrong conclusions.

Meanwhile, you can throw a hissy fit on the internet, freak a company out with bad press, and they’ll INSTANTLY regret their decision and leap into action to appease the masses. Things actually get done!

Slice of the Pie
And to continue with the whole diversify theme. I know a lot of people out there seem to view the idea of diversifying as “taking stuff away from white people” which is absurd. Having more black, hispanic, female, asian, etc characters available to play in a video game doesn’t take away your experience as a white-cis-male. In fact, diversifying doesn’t take anything away at all... it just adds MORE to the experience. There are more people to play, more characters to know, more gameplay experiences to be had.... it’s a pie piece that doesn’t get smaller, only gets larger the more people you include.

I’ve never understood the idea that diversifying a game is a BAD thing. You still get to have your stupid 30-something half-shaved angsty white dude as a protagonist... but you ALSO have options available if you don’t want to play as Grizzled McGardner 2.0. It’s more choices. It’s more inclusive. Why is that so frowned upon? EVERYONE gets to share in the pie, and you don’t lose anything!

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And now, I am done. I seriously am. If some other new story spirals out of this one, I’m not gonna address it because I’m done. I wanna get away from having to write these types of journals and get back to doing something more fun.
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animatedastronaut Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
It doesn't really make sense to me how people can just like..."avoid" the fact that women/other races/genders/orientations ect. are part of this community.
Like, as a human being, aren't you aware that other humans that are not "white dude with stubble" exist? Do you live under a rock or something? It doesn't make sense to me at all, it's like they're saying "I had no /idea/ women play games" or "oh! black people play games too? geez!" seriously, go on the internet for a few seconds, that's all you have to do.
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leomen0 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, you saw someone stupid enough that didn't knew black people play games?!
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animatedastronaut Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
The gaming industry, my dear friend. The gaming industry.
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leomen0 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh dear god. Just..wow.
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villamar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
That comment about EA made me lol so hard. I've only played their facebook games but it's all been bad experiences with them. They are some greedy bastards that only want to suck your money even on free games... because they manipulate them in a way that they are not possible to achieve stuff without paying (did I say those were free games?). They also have the worse customer support ever (very close to Nexon's crappy one).
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Raptorwolf-AML Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What does cis-male mean?
(Yay, we complained and got something out of it)
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Syndicaidramon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
google is thine friend.
nb.urbandictionary.com/define.…
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Raptorwolf-AML Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eheheh I forgot about Google
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Passin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Agreed. Why do people think that it takes something away from them?
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villamar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Diversity doesn't take away anything (it's good). It's the whole "sexy characters are bad" thing that makes it sound that way. Like the whole issue about the sorceress only because she has big boobs... even thought she's not the only character in the whole game... so there's still diversity.
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