Today I put out a casting call for a hispanic trans actor and I got a few responses along the lines of “why do they have to be trans” and “stop diversifying just for the sake of it” so I thought I’d make a quick post to explain what’s going on (even though I really shouldn’t have to).
I’m working on a game with a startup studio founded by a friend. Yay! Just a goofy little 16bit shooter; nothing too revolutionary but it should be a lot of fun. I’m funding it myself and I really hope you enjoy it!
There’s a lot of supporting characters in the game though and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to include a diverse range of characters kinda just… Because why the fuck not? It’s my game, I’ll do whatever I want. Representation matters and frankly I’m just as bored of games featuring straight white male characters as the rest of us. I mean don’t get me wrong, the main character of the game is still a straight white male because… I’m the main character of the game. Shut up.
Anyway, as I said there’s a diverse range of characters that are totally awesome; I’m really attached to all of them and once I start rolling out character art I hope you will be too. To announce the release of the game I’m making a live-action trailer featuring the characters and I want to cast it as authentically and close to my vision as possible. So, when I write a hispanic trans character you bet your ass I want that role to be played by someone who fits the part. Could a cisgender person play the role? Yes. If I can’t find a trans actor who suits the role then that’s what’ll happen but I’ll cross that bridge if I get there.
Please don’t think that I’m exploiting or fetishising minority groups for the sake of Tumblr brownie points. I’m simply interested in making a fun game and representing more of the human race than just… Myself.
Also bears. One of the characters is a bear.
Yo, guys. Everyone’s favorite internet-video-making-funny-guy-who-also-is-super-chill Mr. Tomska is making a video game! Keep a look-out for it, I know I’m excited!