The drunken bird dog of rpg maker
- May 22, 2017
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Yeah I was thinking about inclusion too when I was talking about accessibility because the two ideas do kind of come out of the same ethos. I don't have the energy to open and rebut that particular can of worms personally though, so good on you for taking it on for meoh boy - yeah this one makes the top 5 for sure. In a broader sense even as I would also tag inclusivity to it. I mean I am all for inclusivity (Im gay myself for crying out loud) but no not every game under the sun needs the full rainbow cast just to be inclusive! if it fits the story and setting then yes, please but if you got to force it in then by Jove...don't.
But I do agree with you, I'm up for anything that develops organically, but when you try to force a checklist it becomes painfully noticeable really fast. I don't understand why, for instance, you get controversies like games set in the middle ages Poland and people will be like "but where are all the poc". I honestly don't get it, why would you want to insert people into settings where they don't belong, just for the sake of them being there? Why not make your own historical game set in Africa if that is something you want to see (and honestly, African history and folklore is a ripe field of inspiration that is far to underutilized in modern media. For gods sakes you could make a game about the Zulu and have people with spears and knives fighting people with guns and have it make sense, then add all kinds of folklore to boot to gamify it, folklore that we rarely actually see rather than the standard dragons and goblins or what have you!)
I don't understand it, everyone is obsessed with more black voices or more gay voices or whatever but few seem willing to actually tell authentic stories involving them, instead too often it seems we just whitewash (blackwash, rainbowwash?) traditional western stories and end up with all the same voices just played by different types of people instead which just seems incredibly fake and disingenuous to me, or when people play outside of that paradigm we get told we're appropriating culture even though taking interest in, learning about and incorporating other cultures into your ethos is literally how culture survives and thrives in the first place.