I love this whole editorial. Read it. It reminds me of how some people argued with me that games like Gone Home were a threat to games like Call of Duty, as if there is a finite amount of representation to go around and giving more to women and queer folks and people of color means taking some away from straight white dudes. The editorial ends with this:
And for those children’s publishers who may feel more diversity in the books they publish is no longer needed in the 21st century, I invite them to read the comments under the Sky interview. They reinforce rather than detract from my arguments. Change is a fact of life. We move forward or we stagnate. My hope is that the UK publishing industry as a whole will embrace that fact.
And that’s exactly right. People sometimes make a similar argument about games, that it doesn’t matter, we’re beyond all this as a society, that we shouldn’t make an issue out of who the protagonists are in the games we play. But just looking at the comments on just about any positive review of Gone Home is enough to demonstrate how much it does matter, and how far we still have to go.
“Me and Patrick can finish each others sentences. This is what makes it so funny when people ask us if we care that you think the the other one is hotter or cooler, or how much everyone makes a big deal about who writes what or is where in photos. We don’t care. That kid is my best friend and the rest of the world could blow up and Fall Out Boy can break up and he still will be there.”