Disney Prince Loki
I’m just going to say that when I first posted this it only had like maybe 200 notes after a month and then Thor 2 came out and now it’s got to like 1,000 in a week.
I think this just shows how well and awesome Tom did at playing Loki because freaking Loki man.
Portal is probably the last major video game release that didn’t star a white, 18-35 year old white dude with short hair, stubble and a scowl. That game came out six years ago.
I don’t understand how people can get mad and confused when you point out that there’s not enough creativity or diversity in video games. Granted, there was definitely room for growth in the 80’s and 90’s, but we’ve fallen way behind since then. We used to have space pilot furries and master thieves. Dragons, bandicoots, hedgehogs and plumbers. Women who were archaeologists and bounty hunters.
So why are we still marketing games exclusively to fraternity douchebags? There’s no excuse for having such narrow goals in 2013.
THIS IS NOT OKAY.
Thank you! And people don’t get it when I explain this.
SHARING BECAUSE OF ALL REASON!
ew they all look the same
Okay, listen. What is the difference between all these characters? Every single one of them are in games that tell enthralling stories. Whether it’s Booker Dewit, Nathan Drake, Commander Shepard, Cole McGrath, all of these characters are in games with stories that pull you. You mean to tell me that there’s no creativity in BioShock Infinite, Uncharted, Mass Effect, Last of Us, and InFamous? You say there isn’t enough, but have you played any of these games? Have you had to decide whether or not to save a group full of people from a bomb in Infamous, or had to calculate every single step so you wouldn’t die in Uncharted, or have to make sure you save every single last drop of ammo so you don’t have alert a horde of infected people or survivors who want you dead? These games tell stories and make us make decisions that we would have never thought of, and make us reflect on these decisions. You need to take off your nostalgia glasses, and open your eyes. Games had to grown up with the times, and made you should do the same.
I absolutely agree with you; all of these games ARE creative. They’re fun, innovative, and introduce new modes of storytelling and gameplay into the video gaming community.
But, I, personally, reblogged this because I think it’s pretty ridiculous how similar all of these characters look. Just because games “grow up with the times” doesn’t mean they all need to look the same? There’s no reason for all of the big-time games of this generation to feature white, muscular, dirty men, whose character art - when placed side-by-side don’t look unique in any way.
It’s pandering to the lowest denominator of video game frat boys available. Don’t believe me? Even those in the industry, such as Tripwire President John Gibson, say “…games like Call of Duty have almost ruined a generation of FPS.” Why does he feel this way? “My goal was to create something that was accessible enough for them to enjoy the game—not turn it into Call of Duty, but try to make something that I thought was casual enough but with the Red Orchestra gameplay style that they would enjoy.” Gibson goes on to expound that gamers complained about his game NOT being like Call of Duty - and this complaint rings throughout the community.
So what do modern game developers do? They target their games to this market - the fraternity douchebag.
And this is lazy. Instead of taking a chance in character development, design, and aesthetics, many companies stick to an almost cookie-cutter design! As an artist, I can tell that it’s boring and bland, but this might not be so apparent to the lay person.
Now, what do I mean by lazy or boring designs?
Take the silhouettes of these characters.
The first two look like the same person. The fourth one, fifth one, and eighth one look like the could be the same person. The guy from the Last of Us, Chell, and the Gears of War character are the only three who stand out - even then only Chell and the Last of Us protag look interesing since the Gears of War character just looks like a block.
This is a problem in terms of wanting your game to stand out and be recognizable. Here’s a good article that discusses the importance of character shape - while also stating that is not the end-all-be-all of design. But it brings up a good point of making your characters recognizable so they can stand out from a distance or amongst the other characters in the game.
And having similarities isn’t BAD, but when it occurs throughout the industry, it makes all the games look boring and highlights who their target audience is - fraternity douchebags.
There’s nothing wrong with growing up and maturing games while at the same time reinventing aesthetics. Games like Journey, Limbo, Bastion, TF2, The Walking Dead, and more have done that. Hell, Nintendo constantly reinvents the way their games look. And don’t get me started on Metal Gear - a very realistic looking game series where the main characters are all very different from each other!
Developing a good, mature aesthetic is a risk but often worth it in the end. Many companies are just falling back on the “dark” and Call of Duty-esque look in order to appeal to their market, which is good business, don’t get me wrong, but boring for the fan.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying these games while also realizing that there is room for aesthetic growth and more unique looking characters for the spots of “Modern Video Game Icon.”
Okay. Ready for ranting? Here we go:
In August of last year a friend, of a friend, of my husband’s had a daughter who fell and knocked her front teeth out. When she went to take a picture of her daughter’s new smile, she burst into tears.
"[B]ecause of your beautiful, innocent confidence."
Since she blogs anyway, she took the time to write a heart-felt letter to her daughter about how the world perceives beauty. It is un-amazingly entitled: A Letter to My Daughter About Beauty.
On April 30th of this year (ironically, the day Life After Theft came out, my completely non-copied, every-word-written-by-ME book came out) a much more popular, widely-read blog author posted a story about her daughter picking mis-matched clothing. And, as you might suspect, she burst into tears.
"because of your confidence. Your beautiful, innocent, unadulterated confidence."
Since she blogs anyway, she took the time to copy a heart-felt letter and re-assigned it to her daughter about how the world perceives beauty. It is also, un-amazingly entitled: A Letter to My Daughter—About Beauty.
Lest you think I’m being picky about similar stories and similar words that are a fairly generic sensibility anyway, they both go on to discuss beauty around the world and how society seems women.
They both begin with an example of China:
Original: In China, they use to think that small feet were pretty. I don’t know why. Big feet are awesome for helping us swim fast and for balance, but somewhere along the way, someone decided little feet were the best… and everyone started believing them. So many people started believing, that they even began breaking their feet to make them look smaller. Isn’t that Silly?!
Eight Months Later: When I was a little girl my mom told me about people in China who thought small feet were pretty. She said that they would bind there [sic] feet from the time that they were small so that they wouldn’t grow. Isn’t that crazy?
They then move on to other parts of the world:
Original: In other parts of the world, they do all kinds of interesting things for the sake of what is considered beautiful: They stretch their lips and put plates in them. And in other places they stretch their necks with rings. It may seem strange to us, but we didn’t grow up in those places. It’s hard for us to understand.
Eight Months Later: In other parts of the world people would stretch their necks, ears, and lips to be beautiful. That seems strange to us because that’s not the popular thing to do where we live.
And then beauty in America is discussed:
Original: Some people paint their faces with makeup… [Picture of girl doing “duck-face”] People even make silly faces because they think it’s pretty … Some people even start to think that their body has to be a certain shape or weight, and make themselves sick trying to look that way.
Eight Months Later: Some people overload their faces with bright makeup. Many people today are making silly duck faces for the camera because they think it makes them look pretty. Others diet, exercise, and obsess about the size of their body.
Original: Not all of these things are bad. It can be fun to be artistic and creative with our appearance. I like putting on some red lipstick when I’m feeling fancy. But, somewhere along the line, a lot of people started to believe that the best way to express themselves was through how their body looked on the outside. But Sunshine, true beauty is much too powerful to ever let anyone put it into a small, defined box. True beauty is deep. [Please note: HER bolding, not MINE.]
Eight Months Later: Not all of these things are bad but they can be. Red lipstick is great on occasion (when you’re much older) … Somewhere along the line people, especially women, grow to believe that the best way to express themselves is how they look on the outside. I’ve got a secret though that I hope you’ll remember. True beauty is deep.
The paragraph begins and ends with an EXACT QUOTE.
At this point I’m like, SERIOUSLY!??!?!?!! But it gets worse. Because now we’re being all heartfelt and personal to LITTLE GIRLS.
Original: It is compassion. It is seeing another person’s need, and trying your best to fill it. It is love that conquers all… Beauty is sharing laughter… It’s having the courage to stand your ground and honoring those who have paved your way with their example. It is knowing that even the smallest among us have something to teach us.
Eight Months Ago: It’s caring and compassion. It’s seeing others’ needs and doing your best to meet them. It’s love. It’s laughter. It’s strength and determination. It’s standing your ground even when the rest of the world is against you. It’s being truthful. It’s honor and respect. It’s knowing that every person has value. [Bolding added by me because, Um, IRONY!!!!!]
And then she just gets lazy because all the original text has really cool pictures in between most of the lines and it’s hard to copy-paste that AND change the wording!!
Original: True beauty gets better with age. Beauty is creating something so much bigger than yourself.
Eight Months Later: Beauty gets better with age… Beauty is creating something so much bigger than yourself. [HER bolding.]
Now, I know that this kind of stuff happens every day, but this one made me mad. You know why? Because the copy-cat has a big following, has sponsorship and advertising, and has a group that all help promote each other. And the original author? She just writes a little blog. Who would notice? And if they did, who cares?
I do! I am sick and tired of people with money and/or popularity stomping all over little people!! The woman who originally wrote the blog went to Facebook and said, “What do I do?” But SHE doesn’t have 10,000+ followers.
But guess what? I DO. So consider it a personal favor if you pass this along, or comment on this woman’s blog, or something to spread the word.
Here’s the link again!: http://embracingbeauty.com/2013/04/30/letter-to-my-daughter-about-beauty/
And the link to her homepage in case you, uh, want to comment on a more recent entry. *Ahem* http://embracingbeauty.com/
And to you, Ms. Palgiariser, You listen for a second: WORDS ARE IMPORTANT!!! *EXPERIENCES* ARE IMPORTANT!!! You cannot just take them for your own!!!
Also, your story about your daughter putting on mismatched clothes is SO lame compared to the teeth knocked out story. JUST SAYIN’!
Maybe next time you should write a letter to your daughter about the true meaning of honesty.
Luv and Kisses,
Aprilynne Pike, Wordsmith