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Sony welcomes gamers back with open arms
This weekend, Sony Entertainment strove to make amends with gamers on their Playstation Network (PSN) who may have been affected by the recent hacker attacks. The mega corporation offered gamers two free PS3 games, two PSP games and additional perks and free offers.
If you’re a PSN gamer, check the email address you have on file for a possible email from Sony welcoming you back and offered several free deals to compensate for the downed network.
Has this offer from Sony won you back? Was it good enough or was it too little too late?
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Minorities and Games - Where Are We?
Everyday the face and numbers of our country is shifting. As the world grows smaller, the look of the human race itself is changing. However, with statistics showing a major shift in the majority ethnic groups of the United States in the next fifty years, we still do not see healthy and abundant representation of minorities in video game entertainment.
Hollywood shifted. What was once an industry that required minority Oscar winners to enter gala events through back doors is now an industry that pays millions to the Denzel and Hallie, Salma and Javier, Meryl and Sandra and Jackie and Jet. Did Hollywood get on the multicultural bandwagon because it was the right thing to do? It was the economical thing to do. The minority population grew in numbers and spending and Hollywood answered the call for their representation.
But the gaming industry is still falling short. For every few positive characters of color, we have numerous that set us back or don’t put us on the map at all. How many games can you think of where the character is a minority? How many thriving series can you think of where major roles are filled by multicultural faces? It shouldn’t only take a video game set in the hood or stealing cars or in the military to see us and those that look like us. I believe we would look good fighting aliens in space, battling dragons in magical lands and taking down zombies (hurray for Sheva Alomar who was a great step in the right direction!)
Is this a ridiculous request? I don’t think so. I’m sure someone wanted to see more than just a black face serving people or being whipped. Someone had to say “We want more.” And thank God someone answered with Sidney Poitier, Rita Moreno and the countless others that stepped up.
Here’s hoping that the video game developers answer soon.