Nuggets of Wisdom: The Removal of Humanity
Welcome to the weekend Fanbros. While many are trying to relax, some of us are elsewhere, busy trying to find Nuggets of Wisdom in Lil B’s timeline. This week’s NOW features another fine mix of stories across mediums connected by the premise “what it means to dehumanize people?”
“Colorblind: On Witcher 3, Rust, and gaming’s race problem” by Tauriq Moosa Polygon
In video games, there are not a lot of people of color – period. As with many people, much of my spare time these last few weeks has been spent traveling around The Continent hunting monsters in The Witcher 3. For a game that deals with bigotry and racism, its characters are lacking in the diversity department. The foundations of Tauriq Moosa words may have come with his time playing The Witcher 3, but it is clear he is speaking how the trope of Sci/fi and fantasy genres taking real world minority group experiences and turning them into allegories for nonhuman characters is troubling for many reasons. Pretending that people of color do not exists, even in made up worlds, is problematic and causes a different set of problems when people of color do start showing up in games.
“You see the problem. When white gamers are forced to play people not of their race, it’s “forced politics;” when I’m forced into the same scenario, it’s business as usual. When you complain, you’re making a fuss and being political. The argument is a bit scary when you break it down: The only way games can avoid politics in this situation is to pretend that people of color don’t exist.”
“Game Of Thrones (experts): ‘Hardhome’” by Myles McNutt AV Club
As usual, the beginning of the week was defined by Game Of Thrones recaps, reviews and reactions. Most were is awe at the massive battle of Hardhome that took place at the end of the episode. Myles’ recap (as with most AV Club reviews) dives into the many themes and elements which make “Hardhome” so memorizing; however, it is his thesis on how Game Of Throne builds or destroys its characters by the various ways they are humanized or dehumanized is wonderful and reflective of the world we live in.
“we are meant to understand humanity as something tied to power. We strip humanity away from those we enslave, we bestow humanity on those we respect, and we steal it from those whose understanding of humanity differs from our own.”
“Allen Iverson Has Destroyed The Legacy Of Allen Iverson” by Drew Magary Deadspin
Allen Iverson used to be the shit. Drew Magary over at Deadspin, your favorite sports blog, not really about sports, highlights some of the most damning parts of Kent Babb’s new biography that is the humanity (or lack there) of Allen Iverson – the infamous former NBA Star. It’s not pretty but is a fascinating look at a man’s self-destructive tendencies.
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