Weekend Discussion – February 26, 2022

Happy Saturday! It’s almost the end of Black History Month and a huge week of games. Let’s dive into the discussion of the weekend!

black voices, Game developers and content creators also need your support for the remaining 11 months.

Black history has always been world history and I believe it is always important to look back while looking forward. Jerry Lawson had a big impact on games and helped show what was possible with engineering in an ever-changing space in the world of technology. As we mentioned in the original Hall of Fame induction commentary, “Lawson led the development of the Fairchild Channel F, a game console that ran on interchangeable game cartridges, making him a pioneer among pioneers of video game software and hardware. »

Jerry Lawson is a member of the Shacknews Hall of Fame

Since we have just spoken briefly of the past, I also want to mention a man of the present. We recently spoke with Dinga Bakaba, Creative Director of Deathloop, which was Shacknews 2021 Game of the Year. I really enjoyed hearing how the team approached the development of Colt and Juliana as fully realized characters and, artistically, made sure to keep their Afro-centric characteristics on full display.

You can read why Deathloop won Game of the Year here.

I also want to take a moment to speak out as a content creator on Twitch, YouTube, and other platforms to say that black history happens all year round. Over the years I have been approached by companies to be the face of BHM activations while being completely ignored the other 11 months of the year. There are changes that need to happen in the gaming space, but there are also a lot of opportunities thanks to the people working. Will we see game studios and management companies with more black faces behind the scenes?

Luckily, some of that is already happening with some amazing bands that are so worth it. I want to highlight what Xmiramira and his team have done with The Noir Network, a group of Black female content creators across the gaming space who have absolutely killed it with their content, streaming and even competitive esports games .

Mira also brings up some of the things that I talked about with respect to some of these PR and brand activations.

Mira hosts Twitter Spaces every week to help people trying to get better at the content creation space. You can watch a recording of today’s session on supporting your peers below.

Take the time to check out some of the amazing creators on this list and show your support!

In case you missed it…

We had a lot of awesome stuff on display this week, including live content from the early days of Elden Ring from our staff Sam Chandler and TJ Denzer.

You can also check out the full Elden Ring video review below. I’m loving the game so far and it’s shaping up to be one of the top contenders for Game of the Year and potentially an all-time great.

We also reviewed the SteamDeck and felt that Valve definitely had some work to do to make this device more user-friendly. Check out Asif discussing the new portable system in yesterday’s episode of The Dump.

And now… Internet

It’s always Black History Month and Spades is definitely part of the black experience for many of us. This picture is amazing.

I have a thing for Wind Waker Link.

Couldn’t catch the OG slippin!

Kanye as an NPC is something I want in this game now.

The precision.

The Spidey meme is now part of the MCU.

Sonic Adventure 2 should have a remake, not a remaster. I need my Chao race fix.

Mimi totally killed this KOF 15 cosplay!

It was the healthiest video on the internet this week. Shout out to the black moms who never stop supporting their sons. I have to call mine. Happy Black History Month!

weekend mood

Denzel Curry dropped a banger with visuals that make me wish I was playing Ghost of Tsushima. Check it out.

The DawnFM Weekend Special is now on Amazon Prime Video.

Omretta is making waves right now telling people they’re not from Atlanta. Check out this new freestyle drop.

Yves Tumor brings all the 80s punk vibes to close out this week’s list. there are so many style displayed in this video. Enjoy the ride.

I hope the rest of this week is amazing for all of you and that I support black creators on all platforms and in the gaming industry in general. You can also support us with Shacknews Mercury. Have a good weekend !

Community manager

Dennis is the current Community Manager and Social Media Manager for Shacknews. He enjoys being part of the conversation with readers and the gaming community. He’s been an avid gamer ever since his father arrived with a Sega Genesis on Christmas Day. Denny is very passionate about making the gaming industry and associated media spaces more inclusive, and was the founder of an organization for POC content creators with over 800 of the world’s best and brightest . He’s also been a content creator on Twitch since 2015 and has spoken live on panels for Twitchcon, C2E2, Queer Esports and several others, while providing D&I advice for emerging brands in gaming.

Dennis is a big fan of fighting games, hosting live tournaments for games like Injustice 2 and Tekken 7 with fun color commentary. He also regularly takes part in several tournaments a year for games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter V. As a Chicago native, you can expect him to be regularly slightly down on the Bears’ post-season hopes. . He is also a fan of Soulsborne games created by FromSoftware and likes to challenge in his spare time. He hopes to complete his first unsuccessful run of a Dark Souls game by the end of the year. When he’s not playing, you can find him rummaging through the trash can of discount comics or watching a horror movie with the lights off.

You can contact him at [email protected] and connect with him on Twitter at @DennyVonDoom.

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