I'm throwing this up here, because I think perspective is so so important. I know some people will assume I'm trying to spread division, but, truly, I'm attempting to offer perspective because understanding quenches anger. I know it has for me in my life, so I'm hoping it can do the same for anyone bold enough to give Black Simulator a fair shake. No, it's not a great game, not even all that polished (though I did try sincerely under the time constraints and 0$ budget) but a lot of people have found it VERY helpful which I'm extremely grateful.
Just to add this too, it's satirical because I don't want be thought of (or any person of color) as "tragically black". I just have to think about different things as I go about life, just like a mother, father, sister, brother, entrepreneur, laborer, school teacher, Asians, native Americans, Europeans, etc have to think about different things as they go through life. We're all so so different, and it's really stinkin' kool, and I love seeing those differences, then choosing to value those differences, physically, culturally, or politically. I think if we can get to this place of celebrating differences rather than being "color blind" we can make some real progress. This includes diversity in thought as well. This doesn't mean we have to respect every thought, but it can't lead to dehumanizing a person because of an idea/meme.
This game came about from many experiences in my own life, as well as stories I've heard from others. I've taken liberties with those stories (I'm making a game here people), but the narrative is there. I'm the black kid that was a TOTAL nerd and didn't get along with almost any of the other black kids at school because we were vastly different in culture. Yet, I was expected to be with them because of my skin tone from both black and white kids. Getting the true ending of the game highlights this internal conflict for me all the way up till now. That's not a sob story, just part of the heart that I had in making this goofy game. Is this culture or "race". Yet history is tied to skin color, so is my skin color part of my history even though I just wanna live a normal life without carrying the weight of a tribe on my back? Have any of you guys and gals ever felt this way? I'd love to hear from you. Truly!
Hopefully, this added some understanding to this title, and I hope you choose to love each other by exploring our differences with joy rather than fear. Take care. God bless... and can I borrow 5$ :-P
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