Happy Saturday! It is the nearly the end of Black History Month and a massive week in gaming. Let's dive in to hefty Weekend Discussion!
Black Voices, Game Devs, & Content Creators need your support for the other 11 months as well.
Black History has always been world history and I believe that it is always important to look back while also looking forward. Jerry Lawson had a big impact on gaming and helped show what was possible with engineering in a constantly evolving space in the tech world. As we mentioned in the original Hall of Fame induction commentary, "Lawson captained development of the Fairchild Channel F, a game console that ran on interchangeable game cartridges, making him a pioneer among pioneers in video game software and hardware."
Since we just spoke about the past briefly, I want to also bring up a man from the present. We recently spoke with Dinga Bakaba, Creative Director for Deathloop which was the Shacknews 2021 Game of the Year. I really enjoyed listening to how the team approached developing Colt and Juliana as fully realized characters and from a art style standpoint, made sure to keep their afro-centric features on full display.
You can read about why Deathloop took home Game of the Year here.
I want to also take a moment to speak up as a content creator on Twitch, YouTube and other platforms to say that Black history takes place all year round. Over the years I have been approached by companies to be the face of BHM activations while being completely ignored the other 11 months out of the year. There are changes that need to happen within the gaming space but there are also plenty of opportunities being made thanks to the people putting in the work. Will we see game studios and management companies with more Black faces behind the scenes?
Thankfully, some of that is happening already with amazing groups that are definitely worth your time. I want to highlight what Xmiramira and her team have been doing with The Noir Network, group of Black femme content creators across the gaming space who have been absolutely killing it with their content, streaming, and even esports competitive play.
If you want to follow what the members of Noir are up to! Check out this list down below⬇️! Feel free to share and tell a friend! ❤️https://t.co/x0knk7pMey— Noir (@thenoirnetwork) February 9, 2022
Mira also brings up some of what I've been talking about when it comes to some of these PR and brand activations.
Because most folks want to be paid. If you're going to use people to pretend to be diverse, at least pay them. https://t.co/H1IfUzSVyN— Mira (@Xmiramira) February 26, 2022
Mira has been hosting Twitter Spaces every week to help folks trying to better themselves in the content creation space. You can catch a recording of today's session about supporting your peers below.
#xmiraspaces Mira is so validating. I used to tell people that it takes nothing off of you to say "Hey this person put me on, I got this idea from so and so" and I got slammed for it A LOT in my old community. I'm so happy she's addressing this. https://t.co/uEvR39Z3ST— Bratty Sav 🎮 (@_thesavagegamer) February 26, 2022
Take some time to check out some of the amazing creators on that list and be vocal with your support!
In Case you missed it...
We have had plenty of awesomeness on display this week including some live stream content of the early days of Elden Ring from our staff Sam Chandler and TJ Denzer.
You can check out the full video review for Elden Ring below as well. I am loving the game so far and it is shaping up to be an early Game of the Year contender and potentially an all-time great.
We also reviewed the SteamDeck and felt that Valve definitely has some work to do to make this device more user-friendly. Check out Asif having a conversation about the new portable system on yesterday's episode of The Dump.
- Destiny 2: The Witch Queen campaign walkthrough
- 30 demos to check out during Steam Next Fest February 2022
- Call of Duty 2023 reportedly delayed by Activision until 2024
- Bobby Kotick could receive $15 million if Microsoft fires him
- BioWare says Dragon Age 'in the middle' of production
- Street Fighter 6 revealed as Capcom countdown clock hits zero
- All Elite Wrestling will have cross-platform play according to Kenny Omega
- SNK teases that it has an unannounced Unreal Engine game in development
- EA CEO allegedly claims the FIFA brand is holding soccer games back
And now...The Internet
It's still Black History Month and Spades is definitely part of the Black experience for plenty of us. This image is amazing.
This is art.— Naima Cochrane (@naima) February 22, 2022
Italian Renaissance-level composition. https://t.co/BsipzS8SBt
I have a soft spot for Wind Waker Link.
Amazing Link sand sculpture pic.twitter.com/JyqZPayW3D— Zelda Gif World (@GifZelda) February 21, 2022
Can't catch the OG slippin!
Kanye as a NPC is something I want now in this game.
Somebody made Kanye West In Elden Ring😭 pic.twitter.com/3POHggxeQQ— BeyondToxin (@Beyond_Toxin) February 25, 2022
“Guy who compares everything to Breath of the Wild” and “Guy who compares everything to Dark Souls” when they both see Elden Ring: pic.twitter.com/iSWKosZEcq— Ultima | #вʟм (@UltimaShadowX) February 25, 2022
The Spidey meme is part of the MCU now.
Sonic Adventure 2 should get a remake not a remaster. I need my Chao racing fix.
I want to shake the hand of this man who wants a Sonic Heroes remaster before Sonic Adventure 2. pic.twitter.com/YWBiLy5Aks— T R A V I E E E E (@travie_64) February 17, 2022
Mimi totally killed this KOF 15 cosplay!
This was the most wholesome vid on the internet this week. Shout out to the Black mom's that never stop supporting their sons. I need to give mine a call. Happy Black History Month!
Denzel Curry dropped a banger with visuals that make me wish I was playin Ghost of Tsushima. Check it out.
The Weekend DawnFM special is now on Amazon Prime Video.
Omretta is making waves right now telling folks that they ain't from Atlanta. Check out this new freestyle drop.
Don’t let this go over your head🤔 pic.twitter.com/B9v0R0fron— OMERETTÀ THE GREAT🏴☠️ (@omeretta4l) February 25, 2022
Yves Tumor is bringinig the full 80's punk vibes to close out this week's list. there's so much style on display in this vid. Enjoy the ride.
I hope the rest of this week is amazing for you all and support Black creators across platforms and in the game industry in general. You can also support us with Shacknews Mercury.. Have a great weekend!
Dennis White posted a new article, Weekend Discussion - February 26, 2022
Jerry Lawson was such a treasure. I encourage anyone to listen to his talks. There are a few of them on YouTube.
They had segment on him in the (excellent) High Score documentary on Netflix.