In our class discussion we mentioned what the southern accents of the characters in the Walking Dead added to the experience of the game as a whole. Some people mentioned it made them feel comfortable and almost at home in a way that other games didn’t. What I enjoyed was that the accents did not create the character entirely, but simply add to him. It didn’t directly affect the gaming experience, but it was a nice detail. I think the walking dead was an excellent example of diversity done right.
Aside from the accents, there was a good amount of racial diversity in this game. Almost all the groups of survivors we stumble upon are interracial. Our group is one of the most diverse; people of multiple ethnicities flow in and out of our storyline. Yet, no character stands as a symbol for anything simply because of his/her race. Unlike the show, the game added diversity without making it an issue. While race issues are important to discuss, I thought it was refreshing to get a game that can incorporate race, without making it about race. It was a unique (in a good way) touch to the game. What do you guys think? Did you even notice the diversity? If you didn’t, do you think that is a good thing? If you did, do you think it was a good or bad thing to not incorporate any race issues in the same way the series did?