exodus Maybe if we have some time we can patch it.
I think that would be a really cool move.
And if it were up to me I’d say to do it in a visible way… nothing ostentatious, just like, a straightforward patch note I guess?
It’s one of things that has really receded into the background of antiracist thought and action, because it is relatively subtle, it is something that does depend on a certain level of graphical fidelity or certain questions of style and shading to be portrayed at all, and yeah, as I said, it’s an oversight that applies to people whose skin tone is fair too, even if the difference is far less visually contrasting. That’s not an excuse to not do it when it is more noticeable though–it could be said that it would constitute special treatment, but, like, so what? There are lots of things that require special treatment to get right. Or, more specifically for this, there are lots of particular things about visually representing white people that would also be considered special treatment to portray correctly if conventional visual art technique wasn’t so eurocentric, which renders portraying those features as just default “good technique.”
However, it’s one of those things that, say, if a very noticeable contrast between skin tone on your palms and the rest of your hand is a feature your own body exhibits, or as in my case, you’ve learned to try to look for it, it can jut out. And, I’ll even admit it doesn’t necessarily jut out immediately in my case, after all, yesterday was not the first time I saw that character portrait… it was just the first time I was coincidentally thinking about both palm skin tone and Necrosoft games at the same time.
That being said, I think making the change, the visual correction we could say, into something done openly and with acknowledgement it’s a correction, would be good. I imagine for those who it’s an important thing that weighs on them when they notice it hasn’t been done properly, it’s something that is often taken with a grim acceptance that the individual desire to see societal and cultural change seems to mostly outpace the rate at which it happens in practice. However, a studio independently acknowledging its importance and taking responsibility for its oversight lends a lot of credibility to the idea of it being an all too common an oversight. And then there’s more people out there who will get a moment of “huh, you know, I don’t really think about that but I should,” and in a small way it’s how something like this goes from a common oversight that most people don’t think about to a common expectation.
Here I am though proselytizing on forums.insertcredit.com, as I do!