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Random Encounter 209 – There’s Still A Lot to Do

Video game art from Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan depicts two African heroes looking on their village. A character from the game Indivisible and two characters from Final Fantasy VII Remake are also imposed into the sunset image.

On this episode of Random Encounter, we bring on a couple of RPGFan staff to discuss ethnic diversity and representation in games, and what that’s meant to them over the years. It’s a tough topic to discuss, cause it’s big. In the spirit of this discussion, alongside some research, Greg is finally getting into a pair of neat games by POC developers, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, and Treachery in Beatdown City. And of course, we can’t ignore the latest news from Nintendo or the Sony State of Play announcements! This episode had some great discussion, and we hope we handled the subject matter well. Enjoy the listen!

Featuring: Greg Delmage, Jono Logan, Neal Chandran, Dom Kim; Edited by Greg Delmage

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Greg Delmage

Greg Delmage

As a fan of the RPG oeuvre, it seemed only natural that Greg Delmage should join RPGFan on the Random Encounter podcast (and sometimes reviewer)! The Vancouver-based actor and producer has also become the site's Video Manager to help forge new content. When not auditioning or doing what he can at RPGFan, Greg enjoys adventuring with his swell partner Annette, helping raise their daughter, and playing many a board and video game! Want to chat all things Nintendo, Final Fantasy or Harvest Moon? Greg is always down.

4 Responses to Random Encounter 209 – There’s Still A Lot to Do

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WolfCyphr

Its 2021 A podcast I am listening to addresses race I learn General Leo is black I played Final Fantasy VI in 1995 It is 2021 And my mind is blown

Greg Delmage
Greg Delmage

Right!? It kinda’ blew my mind as well! Thanks for listening!

Quinton O'Connor
Quinton O'Connor

I felt the exact same way back when I found out. I don't remember when it happened. 2013 or so? Regardless, I'd played and replayed the game so many times already. Mind was blown.

KNN005
KNN005

Sadly the only way POCs will be allowed to important characters in more RPGs will be if those races make the game. The Japanese and white developer have little interest in equality or diversity or equal representation. And even when one our people is there, it's usually as a stereotype or a comical bystanders who is completely unimportant compared to white and asian heroes. Do you honestly think any developer wants a POC hero or heroine to end up as popular as Cloud or Shepard?

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