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.

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