Melanin March 2021: A Look at Black Character Design in Video Games
It’s March again! Much of the world is beginning to mark its calendars for the one-year anniversary of our new lives since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s Year One AC (After Covid)! Millions of people all across the face of the earth were instructed by health officials to remain indoors as often as possible to avoid contracting the virus and putting the health of themselves and their peers at risk. Suddenly cut off from the myriad sources of entrainment provided by the world outside one’s door, many people turned to video games as an approach to appeasing themselves in place of leaving home. With record-shattering droves of new players investing their time and money into gaming, the video game industry is currently enjoying an abundance of love from consumers. Despite this, the industry still moves excruciatingly slowly when it comes to representing the vast demographic variety of the people who purchase their products. For this year’s Melanin March, we’re taking a look at some of the countless ways in which video games have been consistently disrespecting their Black player base. Today, I’m choosing chaos.