Hello, there fellow games; what does diversity mean to you? How do you show it? World diversity day was on Thursday, 21 May. A few days later, the USA is in a state of chaos with looting and rioting denoting from valid peaceful protests about the state of policing and race relations in the USA. I was always going to write an article about diversity, I wanted to promote companies who did an excellent job. Please don’t confuse me for someone piggybacking off misery, chaos, and current world events – after all, I am not a politician or wannabe influencer.
Without further ado, I am going to give some respect to companies. If I missed someone – please leave it in the comments below. If you politicise this article, I will remove your comment with zero fudge given.
The Last Of Us
The main character Elli is a female who was in an interracial lesbian relationship. A lot of the other characters are also from diverse backgrounds and including ethnicity.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
You can select your gender and race, which is standard stuff, but you get to choose a romantic partner, sometimes multiple, if that’s what floats your boat. Still, the good thing is that occasionally race is mentioned as a complex tapestry where sometimes different races are put down or have a bias about them.
Watch Dogs 2
Ubisoft always supports different genders and ethnicities; this is a valuable feature of the company; they are socially aware and try to be inclusive – a lot of their games have this woven into the story. Still, I thought Watch Dogs 2 would be an excellent example of it.
Grand Theft Auto IV
Did you know Serbians are not racist, don’t let the genocide of the early nineties fool you, we are not that racist. In this game, you interact with a variety of different characters, and Niko Belic is the first immigrant main protagonist.
Detroit Become Human
Apart from the fact that the studio came under scrutiny for not being diverse, the game was intensely diverse, making you play either oppressor and oppressed, witnessing diversity from different angles.
There are heaps of games out there; these mentioned did diversity as a natural component of the story, not to appease political activism. If you have your suggestions, please mention them in the comments below.