Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Witcher3 and racism|PPP3

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the most anticipated games of 2015, finally was released on 19th of May. While there are people who decided to play Destiny's new DLC, House of Wolf, most of the community got excited ofer the new CDProjectRed title.
I haven't got a copy yet, as I still have to finish Dishonored, but watched few Twitch streams to see the downgrade of the graphics (actually, CDProjectRed apologised for the lower quality graphics). What caught my eye was no complains about the visuals but accusastions that this game is racist.
You would probably look at me and think: what? How can people complay about lack of PoC in a game, that action takes in Slavic Poland. It is like expecting Asian assasing in Assassin's Creed: Unity. It doesn't make sense (let me just note that this is different from the whole discussion about having female assassins and lame excuse from Ubisoft).
While some games could benefit from having larger diversity of the characters, others simply shouldn't follow th trend. In case of The Witcher - the story and time period are well explaining the fact why there are only white people in it. Having African merchant wouldn't make sense, it will be out of place. Moreover, game is based on Sapkowski's books and if there is no such thing in a source material, why should it be included in a game?
Adrian Chmielarz, creator of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter prepared a 3 point list of possible sins of The Witcher 3. While I find the following list amusing, it is also scary that some people may actually come up with such things.

So, let's leave games alone, stop blaming creators of things that do not match the story/time period and just enjoy gameplay. And, if you really dislike something - stop watching the streams of it. It's as simple as that.

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