Yesterday, I watched part of the Xbox presentation on upcoming games, which I found hilariously bad. One of their allegedly most anticipated games is Fable, a remake or reimagining of an overrated game that is about twenty years old. Game reviewers were in awe of its sophisticated morality system. It presented you with some comical choices where you could not pick a sound middle path. Anyway, according to Microsoft executives, Fable is still a relevant brand, so they have been pumping money into a new game in this franchise. This is the trailer with which they want to sell this game to you:
Not only is the lead female. It is also a far below average looking one of the non-white persuasion. I also noticed that the developers went to great length to give her wonky teeth. The entire trailer is incredibly tone deaf, opening with a non-white male who is about to “make a sandwich”. It may not surprise you that the unsightly protagonist will later on eat said sandwich, thus intelligently subverting the misogynist trope of women preparing food for men. In the alternative fantasy world of Fable, you have male vibrant enrichers grow vegetables and promote a meat-free diet.
I will go out on a limb here and state that a game that caters to an audience that does not buy games and only plays them because it is part of their job description may lead to good reviews, but this will not lead to good sales. At least Capcom has the decency to put hot chicks into their game to make up for the occasional pandering trans character. Fable, though, is following the footsteps of that misguided Saints Row reboot. The all-powerful female protagonist may also have taken some inspiration from Forspoken. This is an impressive pedigree as those are arguably two of the worst and most disappointing games in recent memories.
Ugly (female) characters will not sell any kind of media product. To change this, you would have to genetically reengineer humanity to find ugliness attractive, which would have some rather interesting ramifications for the real world. Thankfully, I will be long gone before the WEF and its henchmen get anywhere near such possibilities. Microsoft has been losing billions on their gaming division, and the Xbox brand is trending downwards, without a reversal in sight. To the corporate bigwigs this does not matter, though. It seems much more important for them to “make a point” or “embrace progress”. I wish them good luck. Microsoft is a corporation I thoroughly despise, primarily due to their business practices in the PC world, so I hope they will keep doubling down on forced diversity.