I would like to preface my argument by saying that if you have any counter examples, feel free to let me know in the comments. I’d love to play them.
On Thursday, the focus of our discussion had shifted to the difficulty of creating minority video game characters. Creating a video game where the gender and race of a character is indifferent to the gaming experience is really difficult. I agreed with the majority of the discussion points about the difficulties of properly implementing minority races and females into the game. However, one particular point that stands out amongst the rest is the challenge of avoiding stereotypes.
Because it is already so difficult to clearly distinguish a character in a game as Spanish, Black, etc. without reverting to the stereotypical appearance of a character, it becomes even harder to include characters that are not characterized by stereotypes. What I mean by this is that it becomes near impossible to include and properly represent characters of one race that appear to be another or characters that are biracial, despite the fact that in real life most people do not fall cleanly into any category. The video games currently on the market are limited by the stereotypes they abide to resulting in an inaccurate portrayal of reality.