Desperation = Popularity

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Ever wonder why some people in all their negativity about things are successful? Because Desperation = popularity. 

Some people are willing to do anything to further their agenda and popularity, they make up rumors about a specific thing, have bias towards a company and or product and even lash out at others for attention. 

Why? Because desperation = popularity, unannounced to them, those who conform to this way of being in essence lose themselves in who they were and their truths to them as a human being.   How you ask? Simply. By engaging in this they end up being wrapped up in trying to be something more than who they really are. Falling to the ultimate level of desperation all in strides for popularity.

It is my opinion that at no time should one ever lose themselves in trying to be popular. You should never hate on a person or even lash out at a person for attention. You may be wondering where I have seen such things to even be talking about this, if you look on YouTube you can see it in the video game community in particular.  Everyone is after the views and comments and nothing gets them going more than a person who is desperate for popularity.  This can extend to blogs, and other types of mediums.  I don’t even want to speak about reality television as this is shown on a daily basis. Cat fights, 5 wived men, and foul mouths all flash across our screen at alarming rates all because of desperation. 

 All I am saying is, if you want to receive attention, get it the right way. Let your gift, whatever that maybe, make room for you!

If you are a good writer, blogger and or commentator, let that speak for you. No need to scoop low to the levels of desperation. Although in today’s time Desperation = popularity.  

I know that this was a deep post and I don’t mean to offend but this post was just some food for thought! 

What are your thoughts on this? Have you seen this occur anywhere?  Does this annoy you? Be sure to like, share, comment and follow!

 

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Black men in the video game industry ……………………..

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As promised, here are my thoughts on black men in the video game industry. Of course there are black men in the industry who are involved in developing games. Their are spokes persons, those who do Quality Assurance, also known as game testers and finally those who develop games.  In terms of the industry, there aren’t that many black men in the forefront.

I can name Hip-hop gamer who is video game journalist, as someone that comes to mind as a black male in the industry. Sure, there are plenty of people who are doing their own thing independently, but not for major websites and companies. The fact remains there aren’t many who are main stream that I know of.  I have seen a few, they either have their own special area in which they are only used for a particular thing or they are deep in the background.

It seems that there are more black males that play video games than those who choose to get involved. I know this topic has been talked about before and as time passes I know it will get better.

I want to see people who look like me talking about games, working on games, being in the forefront. I am just speaking on a observation. This is not to knock anyone doing their own work independently or to any other website representing them that I am not aware of. I just would like to see more diversity involved in our favorite pass time.

Certainly video games are played by all types of people but I can’t help but feel that not enough diversity exists. It’s not a black or white thing, but it’s a gaming thing. Everyone should be involved if they choose. I feel that popular sites should definitely take this into consideration when hiring as they want to reach people.

What are you thoughts on this post? Do you feel that race or diversity is a issue in the main stream video game industry? Do you see more of a certain race than another? Be sure to like, comment, share and follow.  Thanks.

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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.