The SciFiTechGeek Podcast
Episode 31

Star Wars 8 : We have a title !

Hubert Shorter published on

Watch Dogs 2 represents, not for the first time in a videogame, a protagonist who is not the typical “white guy on a mission”. Not that there is anything wrong with that necessarily, but in a world of increasing diversity, it’s nice to know that Ubisoft didn’t have to second guess themselves before casting the main protagonist as a young black man.

Having said all of that, when the game was announced, there was, what I would call a “basket of deplorables” who were very upset that they couldn’t change Marcus’ ethnicity. They considered it an affront to their privileged whiteness, that they had to see the verdant world of San Francisco through the eyes of a “minority”.

It’s a strange set of events considering the results of the recent US election, and the perceived notion of some cognitively challenged individuals, that they are, somehow, under threat. But isn’t it nice that there will be some people playing this game who will have to see the world through Marcus’ eyes.

There are various points in the story where his ethnicity is challenged. I won’t spoil them for you but they might just give some of you pause for thought and for everyone else, it’ll be Tuesday ! What we do need is more of this. More reality, more empathy. Links, not walls!

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