The diversity question

Speaking of gaming and diversity, Kotaku’s editor-in-chief wrote a smart piece on the subject recently as well:

The old game-length question stopped perpetually leading to outrage once it had been asked a lot. It only stopped creating blazing headlines once all the true or half-true or false answers had been tried and once we’d all played enough of the games about which it had been asked.

Today, you’ll see the occasional game developer get in trouble with releasing too short a game, but the scandal of game length has mostly settled into the steady-pulsed understanding that some games are long, some games are short, some games are good, some games are bad, not always respectively.

We’re not quite at the same level of understanding of diversity in games, and I wouldn’t expect us to be. The length of a game may involve issues of value and aesthetic quality. Diversity is far more important, and much more complicated. It can affect aesthetics, yes, but it can also affect the people who play games and how we think about the work we’ve expected to entertain or engage us.

Succinctly, Steven argues it’s going to be a messy issue to sort through, but the more we probe on this issue, the stronger gaming will be as an overall industry.