Black Lives Matter, Black Voices Are Important

    Hello everybody! Jordan right here. GameSpot went into June with plans to kick off Play For All, a combo platter of gaming celebration and charity effort to lift cash for COVID-19 reduction. And we’re nonetheless doing that, don’t fret. But there’s much more occurring on this planet than COVID-19 proper now. Cities throughout the US are actually witness to huge protests in opposition to the continued violence in direction of black people struggling police brutality. In assist of the protests, GameSpot has shifted the message of Play For All. We’re nonetheless elevating cash for COVID-19 reduction, however we need to additionally present our assist and lift cash for Black Lives Matter.So we need to take the time to spotlight black creators and the work they do, whether or not they work for GameSpot or different elements of the trade. On our entrance web page and social media, we’ll be sharing articles, movies, and podcast episodes that you’ll have already seen earlier than, right here or in any other case. We’ve compiled and can proceed so as to add to a listing of labor under. That listing contains initiatives that have a look at the black expertise in popular culture, like Alessandro Fillari’s exploration of Far Cry 5’s setting and the way it made him really feel like an outsider and my have a look at how disappointing it’s to see Borderlands 3 hand-waving the racist undertones of H.P. Lovecraft’s tales in its Guns, Love, and Tentacles DLC, in addition to initiatives which have much less to do with race however provide one thing you may nonetheless discover attention-grabbing, akin to Greg Thomas’ video of the 11 instances that The Twilight Zone predicted the long run. We urge you to take a couple of minutes to take a look at a number of the coolest items of labor from the black creators which are carving out an area for themselves in our trade on daily basis.Of course, the dialog would not cease there. Acknowledging that there’s a distinction in how black individuals are usually handled on the subject of the police should not be the top of the dialog, and neither ought to these articles, movies, and podcasts that have a look at how race has knowledgeable illustration in popular culture. Action is critical, as is training. If you are in search of methods to be educated with a view to higher know tips on how to take motion, take into account studying Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me, Cornel West’s Black Prophetic Fire, Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist, or Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want To Talk About Race. Writer and journalist Joshua Adams (@JournoJoshua) has additionally highlighted a reasonably stellar listing of studying materials on Twitter–we’ve embedded their listing under.For these in search of language, details, figures, histories, tales that specify “How did we get here?”, this is a thread of books you’ll be able to take a look at to learn the way we acquired to this troubling level (THREAD) — Joshua (@JournoJoshua) June 2, 2020If you are having bother having access to these books, there’s additionally an intensive assortment of labor collated within the ACLU database that is price perusing. Black Creators Round-UpProjects By Black Creators About The Black ExperienceLong Reads Borderlands 3’s Lovecraft DLC Hand-Waves Major Issues With The Author’s Work (Jordan Ramée, GameSpot)Animal Crossing: New Horizons Has Afro Twists, And I Love ‘Em (Jordan Ramée, GameSpot)Far Cry 5’s New American Setting Made Me Feel Like An Outsider (Alessandro Fillari, GameSpot)Are Gaming Companies Actually Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement? (Junae Benne, Medium)Black People Are Always The Side Story (Gita Jackson, Vice)Microsoft Finally Severs Ties With Racist Brazilian YouTubers (Gita Jackson, Vice)The Video Game Industry Has No Idea How To Respond To Protests (Gita Jackson, Vice)How The Game Industry Can Support The Black Lives Matter Movements (Junae Benne, GameIndustry)She Dreams Elsewhere is The First Game That Feels Made Specifically for Me (Cameron Hawkins, Dualshockers)Finally, I Can Be Me In Animal Crossing–But I’m Exhausted (Funké Joseph, GameSpot)Where Are Our Black Gaming Journalists? (Jeffrey Rousseau, USGamer)The Trouble Portraying Blackness In Video Games (Evan Narcisse, Kotaku)9 Black Superheroes Who Deserve Their Own Shows (Malcolm Venable, TV Guide)Marvel And DC Stars Reflect On Their Black Superhero Roles (Keisha Hatchett, TV Guide)Cheo Hodari Coker Reflects on Luke Cage’s Legacy (Malcolm Venable, TV Guide)Black Creators Are Hopeful for a Future Where Black Superheroes Aren’t “Niche” (Malcolm Venable, TV Guide)Treachery In Beatdown City Review (Funké Joseph, GameSpot)Black Work Matters (Mike Williams, USGamer)Videos/Podcasts Support Black Lives Matter – GameSpot After Dark #44 (Alessandro Fillari, Jordan Ramée, Tamoor Hussain, Michael Higham, GameSpot)A Lesson In Blackness (Kahlief Adams, Parris Lilly, Blessing Adeoye Jr., Zombaekillz, Pikachulita, and Cameron Hawkins, Spawn On Me)What It’s Like Building a Company for Marginalized Voices (Austin Walker, VICE Games)Projects By Black CreatorsLengthy Reads The Hard Costs Of Making A Game Alone (Jordan Ramée, GameSpot)A Little Death Positivity In Video Games Can Be Good (Jordan Ramée, GameSpot)How An Online Game Community Is Helping Each Other Through Hard Times (Jordan Ramée, GameSpot)Promare Review – Burnish Bright (Jordan Ramée, GameSpot)Stalk Market Scammers Are Plaguing Animal Crossing (Gita Jackson, VICE Games)Why a Forgotten, Now-Unplayable MOBA Still Has a Small, Thriving Community (Funké Joseph, VICE Games)Untitled Goose Game is a humorous online game about an asshole goose. Its energy is in its simplicity. (Allegra Frank, VOX)A cartooning celebrity says drawing is our native language. It’s by no means too late to turn into fluent. (Allegra Frank, VOX)Fire Emblem’s Depiction Of Abuse Feels Real (Gita Jackson, Kotaku)Videos/Podcasts Streamers
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