Why Overwatch’s Push for Diversity Matters + Writing News

Blizzard’s announcement of Overwatch at this year’s BlizzCon caused a stir in the gaming industry for a number of reasons. Not only is it Blizzard’s first new game franchise in nearly two decades, but to the surprise of all, it represents a strong and conscious push towards diversity and inclusiveness, with a multi-ethnic cast and several prominent and non-stereotypical female characters.

Tracer, a playable character in Blizzard's new Overwatch shooterIn my latest article for ADANAI, I take a look at why Overwatch’s diversity is important, both for Blizzard and for the industry as a whole.

“What’s important though is Blizzard’s effort to be inclusive.  That alone puts it ahead of the pack in the gaming industry, where such concerns tend to be ignored outright.  They might not do a perfect job; they might stumble along the way, but as long as the willpower to be sensitive to such issues is there so is the potential for improvement.”

In other news:

That’s not my only recently published article making its rounds on the web, though. Over at WhatMMO, I’ve published another new player guide, this one devoted to helping people decide what class to play.

Reminder: World Spectrum holiday sale

From now through December 26th, my World Spectrum series of science fantasy novels is available for 50% off on Smashwords. This means you can get the entire trilogy for under $5, less than the price of most paperbacks.

Cover art for "Rage of the Old Gods, the First Book of the World Spectrum" by Tyler F.M. EdwardsCurling up with your ereader for some epic adventure is a nice way to take a load off after all the stress of holiday shopping, and Smashwords ebooks are DRM free, so you can also purchase them and then send them to friends as gifts. A great choice for any readers or fantasy fans on your shopping list.

World Spectrum Holiday Sale 2014

To celebrate the holiday season, I am once again holding a sale on my World Spectrum series of science fantasy epics. From now through Boxing Day, all three books in the series — Rage of the Old Gods, Children of the Gods, and Human Again — will be 50% off at Smashwords when using the appropriate coupon code.

Cover art for "Rage of the Old Gods, the First Book of the World Spectrum" by Tyler F.M. Edwards* * *

Humanity was not born free.

Long ago, humans were slaves to the Old Gods. They rebelled, overthrowing the Gods and establishing their own societies, but peace did not last. Humanity slaughters itself in petty wars.

Now, an army of war Automatons threatens to destroy the land of Eastenhold. To save her people, a young woman named Leha travels to the to the lost worlds of Tyzu and Sy’om, whose alien powers defeated the Old Gods in ancient times.

But there is worse to come. The wars of humankind only hasten the Old Gods’ return, and even Leha’s newfound powers may not be enough to save her people from the Gods’ fury, or from the hatred in their own hearts.

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If you’ve been enjoying my free chapters of Rage of the Old Gods, now is the perfect time to buy the full book and save yourself waiting for the next chapter.

Curling up with your ereader for some epic adventure is a nice way to take a load off after all the stress of holiday shopping, and Smashwords ebooks are DRM free, so you can also purchase them and then send them to friends as gifts. A great choice for any readers or fantasy fans on your shopping list.

Here’s how it works:

Copy the appropriate coupon code below, click the buy link on the book’s Smashwords page (accessed via the links below), and input the code when prompted to receive the discount.

Rage of the Old Gods code:

JN75C

Children of the Gods code:

UA52X

Human Again code:

WB73W

Codes are not case sensitive.

Please note that these discounts only apply to purchases through Smashwords. You will not receive any discount on purchases made through other retailers. But do keep in mind that Smashwords provides ebooks in all major formats, so you should be able to enjoy my books regardless of your preferred reading device.

Also note that these codes will cease to function on December 27, so make sure to take advantage now.

If you’d like to learn more about the series before you buy, check out the official site for oodles of back information, reviews, author interviews, and bonus material.

Happy holidays!