Good evening, folks. It's Saturday night, which means it's time for an edition of Weekend Discussion. Let's dive in.
No rainy days over my God of War hype
It's a beautiful Saturday here in Chicago and I figured I'd talk a bit about some of the drama from last week's God of War Ragnarok reveal during Playstation Showcase and why I'm happy to see support for a new character despite the naysayers.
We might be nearing a social media Ragnarok thanks to the absurd backlash over Angrboða
While the Thor design has been getting a ton of mainstream attention, there's also been some scathing and frankly racist discourse popping up over the design of Angrboða or Angrboda, also known as "The Mother of Monsters" in Norse lore. She's considered the homegirl of our co-protagonist, Loki, aka BOY in those stories.
I was very happy and suprised to see a Black woman becoming part of this world; a world that frankly the majority of me and my Black gamer friends have pretty much accepted as being very White. It's kind of ironic considering Kratos has been voiced by two Black men for over 15 years now. Christopher Judge (Stargate - SG1) and Terrence C. Carson (Living Single) respectfully. It's nice that we are finally getting more diversity in crucial roles to the story. Well, I at least hope her role is crucial.
Given the source material, I think there's going to be a ton of fun to be had with this character and her interactions with Atreus. We might even get moments of her teaching him some new abilities. One thing that has to be pointed out and has been praised by the majority of the Black women in the industry I follow is the level of intricate hair detail applied to her. Each portion of her hair seems individually rendered and unique which is impressive and shows that the Santa Monica Studios team is putting a ton of effort into getting every aspect of this character right. There is truly some new ground being broken here and it kind of sheds a light on missed opportunities to include more Black and Brown faces in other games.
Also, for those of you that don't know, Laya DeLeon Hayes is already a teen legend in plenty of family households as the voice of Doc McStuffins on the Disney Jr show so this may be a great opportunitiy to bond with your lil ones. Okay, maybe not during the brutally violent action scenes but ya know... the other stuff.
Despite this backlash from the internet, which is loud and wrong once again, there are some encouraging comments from members of the Sony Santa Monica Studios team. Matt Sophos, a writer for God of War Ragnarok, ventured to Twitter to address things directly.
Angrboda in our game is a young black woman. The vast, vast majority of players are thrilled and think she looks incredible—and boy, does she. 😊💪But a tiny, vocal sliver of the internet was offended at this notion. I'm going to address a few of the main topics of outrage. 2/11— Matt Sophos (@mattsophos) September 13, 2021
Matt goes on to bring up the fact that there's been creative liberties taken with characters in the original 2018 game like giving a dwarf a Texan accent or making another a grey toned germaphobe. But he also brings up that they are making their own story and there is no outside pressure to be more politically correct or "woke".
"You caved to outside pressure."— Matt Sophos (@mattsophos) September 13, 2021
I can count on 2 fingers the # of notes we've gotten for story changes to 2018 + GoW Ragnarok combined. This was not one of them. I'm grateful for the trust given to us to tell the best story possible without interference. So yeah, nonsense. 3/11
The God of War Ragnarok team are crafting the narrative that they want and doing so in a way independent of reliance on Norse mythology as the only source of inspiration. I think that is what makes me excited to see where the end of this saga takes us. If you've got an opinion on the situation, join the discussion in the comments below. I'd love to hear what you all think.
And now...stare directly into the chaos known as the Internet
Not gonna lie, this does make me a lil hungry.
deathloop has an insanely high quality render of a sandwich— CircleToonsHD (@CircleToonsHD) September 15, 2021
theres dynamic lighting on the mayonnaise pic.twitter.com/5oF1GK1GMN
Someone understands this Sentinel costs almost as much as a small child.
They grow up so quick 😫 pic.twitter.com/QnF06xsxUH— Preternia (@preterniadotcom) September 13, 2021
The Met Gala was a source of breath taking fashion, Nicki Minaj hot takes, and weird neon babies.
Since Football is back, I gotta toss this one in because the internet always has reciepts.
Nicki Minaj has been gettin grilled on social media for the terrible vaccine takes but she also put her cousin's friend on blast low key.
Lastly, I wanna show some love to the Game Devs of Color Expo which is running next week from Sept 24-27th and you can still get tickets! Show them support and look out for some of the projects and panels coming from this talented group of individuals.
#GDoCExpo 2021 kicks off next Thursday! Get pumped for a weekend full of— Game Devs of Color Expo (@GDoCExpo) September 17, 2021
🎮 Dev interviews
Still need a ticket? Purchase one for as low as $20: https://t.co/s0P8E4nzBO pic.twitter.com/WxRXFCqXGJ
Summer is starting to fade into the sunset as we head into a new fall, which is my favorite time of year to be honest. Here's some of what I've been crusing to this weekend while I can still roll the windows down.
Dennis White posted a new article, Weekend Discussion - September 18, 2021
That deathloop screenshot reminds me of the burger in the RE:2 remake. I always wonder if that guy ever ate that burger.
1> Reminds me of Idris Elba Heimdall. Oh, and Idris Elba Bond Theory. Why they hate Stringer still?
2_ Wackbot spotted.
3) Never gonna open him up with Neutral like that.
4| Hey. We're not happy about the Falcons either.