Ah. I Get It. It’s A Shakedown…

A group of games industry insiders has launched a new initiative to tackle the problem of…

Stale formulas and increasing reliance on gimmicks to sell games that are thinly-disguised remakes?

poor diversity in the UK video game development sector.

Oh. I should have guessed…

“The only statistics we do have are really old – that’s part of the problem,” said Chella Ramanan, a journalist and games writer, who along with developer Adam Campbell is a founder of POC in Play.

“The newest figure is from a 2015 Creative Skillset report and it shows that just 4% of the UK games industry is from ethnic minority groups. If you compare that with film and TV in the UK, it’s 30% in London and 15% nationally. There’s a big disparity between games and other creative sectors.”

So..?

“The representation is often stereotypical – a black man will often be, say, an LA gang member, but that’s not representing the experience of people in Leeds or Birmingham, or the Caribbean. South Asian people are rarely represented at all. There’s a lack of seeing your own stories being portrayed so young people of colour aren’t being encouraged to think: ‘I could make a game like that.’”

Have you considered if there’s a similar ‘disparity’ with people buying the games. I wonder?

But no, we have to make it to the bottom of the article to see what this is really all about:

“A lot of publishers do want a more diverse workforce, but they may have blind spots: we can help with that,” said Ramanan.

“We do want things to change. If a developer wants to be considerate with portrayal then we should be able to help – even if that’s to suggest someone they need to pay to be a consultant. People of colour shouldn’t be doing this labour for free.”

SHOW ME THE MONEY!

6 comments for “Ah. I Get It. It’s A Shakedown…

  1. john in cheshire
    March 8, 2019 at 11:09 am

    If these people want games featuring non-whites, why don’t they develop them for themselves, market them and let the buyers decide? But they never do because 1. They’re probably not talented enough and 2. They are not creators, they are destroyers.

    These people will never stop until they are stopped.

    • March 10, 2019 at 7:42 am

      Spot on.

  2. Errol
    March 8, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    A black chap – I forget his name – stood up one day in front of a hefty crowd and said something like

    ‘… my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. …’

    ‘Cos, you see Lefties, that’s what equality means. It means not caring what colour someone is.

    I’m sick and tired of Left racists.

    • March 10, 2019 at 7:43 am

      That guy would get no traction these days. And we’re supposed to have ‘progressed’…

  3. Voice of Reason
    March 9, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Check out this Bozo, who tried to produce women-friendly games (and generated a nice career protesting the other ones), which failed miserably: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Sarkeesian

    • March 10, 2019 at 7:43 am

      Oh, indeed! A total failure at everything she touches. Except SJW’ing.

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