Where Prey(2017) succeeds in race and gender equality
- A protagonist who is half German and half Chinese
- The option to make the protagonist male or female
- The protagonist’s parents are a male Chinese scientist and a female German Entrepreneur(rare interracial coupling).
- NPCs, both protagonists and antagonists, are from a variety of ethnic groups and sexual orientations
- A naturally emerging lesbian couple(one of whom is oriental)
- Voice actors who match the races(or ethnic backgrounds) of their characters.
- Including an African character with an authentic African accent(this just personally made me happy)
- The guys did their research to give characters names that match their ethnicity
- The fact that not just the white characters or our protagonist are competent, capable, individuals with well thought out character traits
- That these massively different people have grouped and work together to operate a massive space station and advance humanity(before it all went to hell)
- At no point in the narrative are any of the above aspects pointed out or called out on, as if it’s just natural to have that level of equality in Yu’s not-so-far-in-the-future world.
Prey might not be the best game ever, but some wonderful person in the development team did something right, and I hope other games and media can follow suit.
Feel free to correct me, add points, or tell me of other media that have done this to such an extent in the past.