I was going to write this in the tags, but then what the heck. See also: Supernatural. I HIGHLY HIGHLY doubt a woman or a poc or, my god, a WOC could get away with impersonating officials, religious authorities, or just ‘respectable” people as easily as Sam and Dean Winchester can. Because no one gets away with as much as bullshit as a straight white cis-man
Most minorities, however, who regularly encounter difficulties due to race, experience colorblind ideologies quite differently. Colorblindness creates a society that denies their negative racial experiences, rejects their cultural heritage, and invalidates their unique perspectives.— Monica Williams, Ph.D for Psychology Today, “Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism (via willworkforwords)
“…there was a substantive race difference for E-rated games, which featured far fewer white characters and included far more black characters and biracial characters. This was due almost entirely to the presence of very popular sports titles, which contained a much higher proportion of black and biracial characters - all actual athletes drawn directly from real-world sporting leagues.”
- Williams et. al, “The Virtual Census.” (2009)
(And all those athletes weren’t paid a dime for their virtual likenesses. How lovely.)
“Whites and Asians are over-represented and all other groups are under-represented … When the primary roles are considered, all groups appear less often except for whites, who appear more often overall.”
- Williams et. al, “The virtual census” (2009)
I’m curious if games like Yakuza are this (they pulled 150 games across platforms which were the most-purchased in 2005-2006 and recorded 30 minutes of gameplay from each to get these analyses if you’re curious), or if there was a disconnect with Japanese produced games being coded by Americans. Americans tend to read characters in, say, animes like Azumanga Daioh as white even though they are produced in Japan and as such, the characters are meant to be stylized Japanese people, not European-Americans. Just some things to consider.