Video Games’ Blackness Problem


Author: Evan Narcisse, Austin Walker, & Shawn Alexander Allen

Publisher: Kotaku

Pages: N/A


“Video games have a blackness problem. This has been a known thing for a while, and we do talk about it from time to time. But I’d like to keep talking about it. When they appear at all, black video game characters are often reduced to outdated, embarrassing stereotypes. It’s commonly accepted that part of the reason for that is that there simply aren’t enough black people making video games. Surely if that changed, video games’ depictions of black characters would improve, right? What else might it take? I decided to email with several prominent black critics and game developers to start a conversation.” – Evan Narcisse, Kotaku

Curator: Steve Wilcox
Steve Wilcox is an assistant professor in the Game Design & Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University where he researches & creates knowledge translation games. He is also the co-founder & former editor-in-chief of First Person Scholar.

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