Spawn On Me Podcast 95: Drawn to Jaffe

 

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Brookago is a very special place. It’s where you hear conversations that
are rarely heard in the gaming space. This week we breathe even more
rarified air when the outspoken wunderkind David Jaffe comes to town!

We get to talk about the new Playstation 4 exclusive from him and his
studio (Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency), Drawn to Death. We,
of course, talk about David’s storied history in game design. But Brookago
is a place where people can show how versatile they truly are, and David
does not disappoint!

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Kahlief Adams

Kahlief was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As an avid technophile and lover of all things video games. He set his career path in the direction of a life making games until he found out his arch nemesis, “Math,” had other plans in store. So instead of making the next Tetris he found himself writing and talking about games on his website The Spawn Point Blog and Spawn On Me. Check out what I'm blabbering about over @kahjahkins on Twitter. PSN = KAHJAH1 XBL=KAHJAHKINS

1 Comment
  • really fun and interesting podcast. I really enjoyed the conversation about race. I found myself wanting to jump in and make comments, though, as I suppose is the perpetual downside of podcasts.

    On the subject of African American or Black, I feel like it always needs to be said that ANY word can be a pejorative. Calling someone a “girl” can be an insult if it’s said the right way. As black people, we tried to move away from “black” because it had become a pejorative used by white people to degrade people of color. But African American wasn’t a better answer because most black people have no affiliation with Africa.

    The reality is that labeling people simply doesn’t work. It’s the same as what white people go through in 2016 when someone says “what ethnicity are you?”. Most modern white american teens are at LEAST 4 different versions of white. Few can say “I’m Italian’ or “I’m Polish”. The concept of a label has simply lost relevance.

    On the subject of why more black people don’t go into game development, I think there’s a ton of reasons, as you guys said. I think a good chunk of it has to do with the “we don’t want you here” culture of gaming.I absolutely understand that a great chunk of it is unintentional, but growing up in the 80s and 90s, there was a lot of subliminal messaging that black people weren’t supposed to play games. Black characters in games were stereotypes or there for comedic effect. Black people at conventions were made fun of or signaled out for being black. If there ever WAS a black person in a game, they appeared from out of nowhere. They were never part of a community or anything. No black families, no black towns… just one black person who somehow stumbled into this game filled with nothing but white people or asian people.

    I almost cried, personally, when I played Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and it came with the exclusive PS4 content that allowed you to play a mission as the black lady from the PSP Assassin’s Creed. There is an extended scene where she goes through a level while talking to her friend who is also a black lady. The idea that I was playing a game as black woman who was having a friendly conversation with another black woman was just mind blowing. It was something I couldn’t even wrap my head around. I’m not sure that has EVER been done before in games or in movies in terms of action-based content.

    So, I think that things are really changing. It’s a fun time to be alive.

    February 4, 2016 at 12:38 am

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