Diversity In Gaming

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The past few years have become very strange, especially in the world of video gaming. As a child and well into college, I have always had a love for video games. Not those family friendly games. I am talking about games like Final Fantasy, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, etc. I am fueled by competition. However, these past years, video games have been on the decline. We are not talking about the lack of female characters or race in characters in video games. That is another topic. We are talking about the type of people who play video games.

To this day, it is still a little rare for a female to competitively play video games. There are many factors to this: some are not interested, their parents told them that it is something that guys plays, boredom, it’s too aggressive for females to play, etc. For me personally, I enjoy the challenge. My first video game was Pac-Man and Centipede. When gaming systems came out, my favorite game was Super Mario 64. I enjoy adventure games. I love challenges and something that keeps me going.

As the years went on, online gaming has become mainstream. Everyone from all walks of life was online playing with individuals from around the world. However, as more games were released, the less video gamers playing them or the same type of people are playing. Game releases have practically sucked, minus a few games. Those who play them are white males, and Asian males. The difference is that Asians are more competitive. You have a few other races playing, but not like it was in the 90’s and early 2000’s. The fault is the developers and how they create their games. I had noticed in the past couple of years; the developers are made up of one kind. However, as I watched E3 2015, I was even more convinced. You noticed there are always 1-2 Asian individuals overseeing the development, a team of other experienced people, and 1 black guy. I agree that the video game industry is male dominate, but I think now there are more talented individuals across the world that can help diversify the industry of gaming and how games are created. I believed that if there were a more diverse team of developers then it would reflect gaming and bring a more diverse set of gamers including females.

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