Looking for the "Us" in Media
|The Rogue from Diablo.|
It became a habit of mine as well, I noticed. If the only POC was Asian, Maori, Native American, Latino, or what have you, I noticed that like my father, I found myself thinking of that person as the African, i.e., the person most like me. And I very quickly noticed how often such people were always portrayed as the minority, reduced to secondary roles, were denied romance, and were often quickly killed off for the stupidest reasons.
Interestingly enough, I noticed my thinking changed somewhat when I played games like Diablo, and for those of you who do not wish to reveal your ages, I recommend refraining from voicing nostalgia.
But anyhoo, the lil sis and I LOVED playing Diablo, and we always picked the only female in the game, the bow and arrow-wielding Rogue. Initially we chose her by instinct, but we stuck with her because of strategy. Her weapon had range and she was built - more so than the other characters - to wield it efficiently. She had bows and arrows, and we weren't trying to get up close and brawl it out with the demons. The lil sis and I had an understanding: if it moved, it was gettin' shot - end of story.
But because she was a white woman, the Rogue evoked our father's ire.
My father did not and would not understand where I was coming from (probably because I was still a kid and unable to fully express myself). He believed that if a black character was available, I should play that character every time, even if the character was male (this was also around the time I was a devoted fan of Xena, another thing which my father disliked).
So to all my female gamers out there (don't be shy), talk to me. Who was your first love when you started gaming? Or who was your first onscreen warrior woman? Or both? How did your parents react to your fangirling?
Guys, you can play too.
*I'm just sayin'...go hard or go home. If you're going to have a black female villain, then fuck...her story damn well better end with her conquering the whole universe. Shit, I'd play that bitch in a movie. *sniff* I've got ninja stealth.