The Image of Black Males in Video Games – “A MUST READ” -Interactive Post

Blacks Males In Video Games 

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I know this is going to be one of those controversial posts but I wanted to do this. As I am a black male I wanted to explore the perception and advancements of black men in the video game industry as it relates to gaming.  I will also explore the industry itself at another time.

From my childhood to the present time I can see that major progression has been made in terms of black males in gaming.  We have games such as GTA San Andreas, Left for dead, Spawn, Shaq Fu,  GTAV, Mass Effect 2, Gears of War series, The Saints Row Series, Prototype 2 and countless others, you can fill in the blank for others that I have forgotten to mention. Most of them are military shooters and are sports titles.  Is there a stereotype of the men portrayed in such games? Granted, there were hardly any games portraying black men when I was younger. I remember playing Shaq Fu and Mortal Kombat 2 which has Jax and even Streets of rage 2 which had a character named skate.  Outside of the sports titles there were none.

Are black men only able to play sports and run fast? Do they all have a CJ from GTA San Andreas inside of them? Do they run around shooting and gangbanging all day? Are they all involved with the military in some way? Are we satisfied with the existence of such in the video games we play? Are we just excited to see someone who looks like us on our shiny HD television screen? I’m not saying that it’s a conspiracy nor that we are satisfied with it, but I am suggesting that the topic should be examined.  It’s not a deep issue but it sticks out to me.  This topic has been talked about many times and in my doing so I wanted to have an open discussion. I wanted to open up the discussion and add my two cents to it from my perspective as a Black male.

We are all not obviously affiliated with the military or even play sports professionally. We are not eager to do drive byes. Although it is fun to take part in the activities mentioned above in a fictional world.  We are making progress as we are seeing more games that contain the black male as the lead character, games such as Star Hawk.

I would like to see more games where black males are the lead and do not cause trouble similar to that of some men in real life. I would like to see a positive male in gaming take the lead role and be a hero not a villain or gangster.  Sure these games exist but there aren’t that many of them.  Which brings me to my next question, does a characters race determine how a games sales?  The name GTA alone will sell games from earth all the way up to heaven but is it because of the characters or the name?

Again, I am not trying to be politically correct and I didn’t want to turn this into a research paper but I wanted to be comfortable in stating my opinion. Some may say that the black male has to make a change in real life before their videogame counter parts do. For some that maybe a true thought but then I begin to wonder about all the Black Men who are doing positive things in real life, where are there counter parts in video games?  These days your either a thug wanna be or you’re a soldier who less be honest may end up dying.

Sure playing sports is good and being in the NBA and the NFL is an amazing accomplishment but not all men are involved in such things.

I don’t want to make this a long post as I could go on and on this subject but I want you, the reader to sound off. What are your thoughts on the subject? Does it not matter to you at all? Am I out of my mind in bringing up such a subject as it doesn’t matter in your opinion? If you disagree or think differently, be sure to comment, share your thoughts, and make your opinion heard.

Black males in the video game industry will be coming really soon. As always thanks for reading.  Be sure to vote below to cast your vote on your view of the stance of Black men in gaming.

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A Lover Scorned

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Were you sold on the hype? Did you read the fine print of the on game box and expect to have the experience you read about? Did the game you’re playing need patching to fix game bugs and add content that was advertised on the box?  If so you have been a victim of marketing 101.

Call the lovers scorned hotline….. Okay, so there is no real hotline but unfortunately we as gamer’s have been promised complete games by developers and we don’t always get them. We spend hours playing games only to reach the end and not be satisfied with our experience. Either the game ends abruptly or the ending is far from the story line.  This will leave you, a video game lover, scorned. Once scorned you vow to never play that type of game again and never recommend it to your friends.

The same can be said about a book. You can make it all the way through a book and get to the end and be disappointed by what you see because it just doesn’t add up. In this case you become a book worm scorned.

Can you relate to being a lover scorned?  What games have you played that you were let down by recently? How about a book? Share your thoughts.

Where do we go from here?

2014

 December 31st will be here before you know it. Where do we go from here?

Christmas would have come and gone. At this point your trashcan is full of wrapping paper and tinsels off the tree. You celebrated what your beliefs were, rather it be Christmas or Hanukkah.  Yet one more holiday is left to celebrate and that is New Year’s.  All January you hear about New Year resolutions and what people plan to accomplish, but where do we go from here?

Will the year 2014 be the same as previous years?

No, in this New Year lets aspire to be more than the last. Let’s play more video games, read more books and volunteer our help to those that need it.

No more procrastination as it relates to things that we have in our hearts.

In this post I just wanted to encourage everyone as the holidays can be a real downer for some people.

My favorite poet “Emily Dickinson”

Ever since I heard about Emily Dickinson,  I became fascinated by her work. The few poems that I had to the chance to read had to do with religion and or death.  I feel that she was ready for the after life, whatever that may have been to her.  She was born in 1830 and is the author of such books as Wild Nights: Selected Poetry and Final Harvest.

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The reason why I like her work is because  she seemed to be spiritually aware and ahead of her time .

If you have never heard of  her work check her out.  She is one of my favorites.

This is a poem of hers below:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – By: Emily Dickinson

That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
 
Do you have any favorite poets? What are thoughts about their work?