Chattycast 110: Seriously Video Games

As Mafia 3 prepares to deal with issues of race in the deep south, the crew asks why more games don't try.

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Mafia 3 comes out next week, swapping the New York gangster movie aesthetic for civil right rights tensions in the deep south in the turbulent 1960s. It's an uncommon subject matter, and one that could easily misstep, especially for a AAA game that's forming one of 2K's major sales pillars for the year.

This week, the Chattycast talks about games tackling difficult subject matter. Should it happen more often? Have games developed the narrative tools to deliver a story with the right touch? What unique aspects to handling difficult subjects can games bring to the table? Why don't more major publishers attempt to tackle these issues head-on?

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