This week we chat about the new Marvel film Doctor Strange, as they enter into the more mystical realms of the Marvel Universe. We do venture into minor spoiler territory, so if you haven’t seen it yet then skip 32:38-50:15.
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Kii tells us why humans are rubbish, and why they shouldn’t be in games
The gaming world is full of choice nowadays. You can choose to be a man or a woman (Usually with equal outcomes but that’s another rant for another day), be a good guy or a bad guy, bang particular members of your crew/team/posse. A wide variety of games also offer you the chance to be different races, which range from giant cow person to magical pixie elf to super powered biomechas and beyond. What I never understand is who the hell chooses to be a human when they don’t have to be? I’m a human all the damn time, my suspension of disbelief is already engaged enough to be happy fighting for my life in a galaxy far far away so I can usually stretch to being an immuno-impaired helmeted space hottie.
Before the torches and pitch forks come out, I have no problem with gamers choosing to be human. What I do have a problem with is how most games that offer you a vast array of choice just chuck humans in there for the boring folks. Developers spend eons fleshing out their own races and are justifiably proud of them but I’m constantly saddened by the human characters special skills being classified as ‘not the other guys’. There’s no beating about the bush here, it’s lazy. I believe it’s the almost lack of development that fuels my confusion as to why people would choose to be the ‘sub-par’ race in a lot of games. Admittedly there are games where being human puts you on equal footing with the race of the races and I cheer them for their well-rounded world building, however I feel that these are severely in the minority. Thus, I would like to get up on my soap box (for all of the two people here that will listen to me) and petition that if a developer can’t think of a decent reason for humans to be in the world they have built or they’re going to be stuck as the Average Joe race then just DON’T BLOODY PUT THEM IN.