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!
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.