- Dec 3, 2018
Well you can start by hiring more women into prominent roles on the development and publishing side of games. So projects aren’t all being lead from one gender / race and naturally you will be creating more diverse content
Diversity comes from creativity, not someone's background. Look at the game industry. In each game genre, there are maybe 5 people's names that come up. This entire industry is being built on the backs of maybe two dozen creative geniuses. Everybody else is just iterating on the gameplay diversity that this handful of people provided. The guy who came up with Assassin's Creed is a genius, the guy who came up with Assassin's Creed 17 is not. Mario 64? Genius. Ratchet and Clank? Not.
I want more people who fit into that select group of geniuses because even one more of them is going to do more for the game industry than a thousand anybody elses. And I do not give a shit what gender or race they are because their stuff will just get copied a thousand thousand times, so it only matters what they start, not what they finish. Even if it were true that black people made better games for black players (and it fucking isn't), they'd still just be recreating the same old shit with a new coat of "black people" paint. Actual diversity comes from new ideas, new directions, new types of products - it doesn't come from targeting a specific demographic.
The game industry is a poisonous fucking place that roots out these creative geniuses well before they are given a chance to make their mark, and they are leaving the industry by the boatloads. I mean, haven't you ever noticed that all the game designers you know the name of are in their 60s? It's no coincidence that the vast majority of new direction in gaming comes from the indie scene - because the corporate game industry would set them on fire and laugh as they roasted marshmallows on their screams.
You want more diversity in the game industry, fix THAT. You fix that and I could give a shit about whatever other crusade you want to campaign on. I will climb on whatever soapbox you need and get as many women hired as you want, just as a thank you for providing some actual fucking diversity to the game industry. Get me the next Shigeru Miyamoto, not the next Jade Raymond.
Look at Hollywood’s output compared to even just 10-15 years ago
There will never not be a deluge of content that still caters to the straight white male gamer, never understood this fragile snowflake mentality that “all the SJWs are coming for my games”