Hi, I’m Zainabb, the newest addition to GYGO! Here’s the news and remember, all Black lives still matter. Here’s this week’s news.
Sony Announces Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Confusion Ensues
During this week’s PS5 event, Sony revealed Spider-Man: Miles Morales, coming to PS5 this winter. The announcement trailer has generated a lot of excitement (a Miles Morales game! Finally!) and seems to showcase the PS5’s graphics capability in some stunning rendering of Miles himself.
So…. here's what I've been working on ❤️🕷️🕸️ https://t.co/ULG2ucPDI1
— Mary Kenney (@maryknews) June 11, 2020
so i put what's up danger on the miles morales spider-man game footage pic.twitter.com/rejNrSYpSo
— jessica (@directedbyrian) June 11, 2020
Our squeeing was promptly dampened by Sony executive Simon Rutter’s remarks that Miles Morales was an expansion to 2018’s Spider-Man, rather than a full sequel. Insomniac Games have since clarified that Miles Morales is a “standalone game”, although we’re still awaiting further details. Other sources have suggested that Miles Morales looks to be a smaller standalone game that builds on the lore of 2018’s Spider-Man.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the next adventure in the Marvel's Spider-Man universe. We will reveal more about this standalone game at a future date. #MilesMoralesPS5 pic.twitter.com/GOTAvNhUaF
— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) June 12, 2020
We’re still unsure what to expect from Miles Morales, and it’s disappointing to consider that this game, featuring a Black and Latinx hero, may be smaller and shorter, with less time and resources put into building the project than into a full-length game (including its 2018 half-predecessor and its gross relationship with police). Still, it marks a Miles-tone (sorry) in Spider-Man games, making Miles the leading playable protagonist for the first time.
Racist Riot Games Executive Fired Following Social Media Post about George Floyd
Riot Games has fired former Global Head of Consumer Products, Ron Johnson, following a racist statement by Johnson on Facebook.
just in: Riot Games has fired executive Ron Johnson from the company for his remarks on George Floyd
"The sentiment expressed in the image in question is abhorrent and runs directly counter to our values"
Riot PR has provided the following statement https://t.co/lGmBMTt0nH pic.twitter.com/EnDXDw2MjD
— Rod "4475 SR & Immortal peak" Breslau (@Slasher) June 12, 2020
We don’t need to repeat Johnson’s words here, but this is a positive step towards accountability and institutional change at Riot Games. Following employee allegations of gender discrimination, sexism, and sexual harassment at the company, Riot Games paid $10 million in a gender discrimination lawsuit at the end of 2019. Since then, the company has publicly stated their intentions to foster a diverse and inclusive working environment, and recently committed to several donations to justice reform organisations as well as to initiatives to support Black game developers.
However, it’s important to highlight that despite these public efforts, notable conservative Johnson was still working at Riot Games, despite posting other bigoted views on social media whilst representing the company. Whilst firing Johnson is a necessary and positive step forward, Riot Games needs to step up and protect its marginalised employees at all times, and not just when there’s bad publicity.
In other news…
Not everyone can attend protests and rallies in person, so Sims streamer and modder Danielle Udogaranya (EbonixSims) has launched a Black Lives Matter rally in-game for fellow players to show their support. Simmers are sharing their protesting on social media using the hashtag #BLMSimsRally.
These are just a few of the posts on Instagram of simmers around the world who joined the #BLMSimsRally yesterday 🙏🏾👏🏾✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 yall my heart is full! Look at the unity, the love and the united voices saying #blacklivesmatter https://t.co/qr71gjBuEg pic.twitter.com/cA1EssmStI
— ° • °✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 E B O N I X ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽° • ° (@EbonixSims) June 8, 2020
Our voices deserved to be heard, STOP killing us!! ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽🗣#BlackLivesMattter #ebonixsims #BLMSimsRally #Sims4 pic.twitter.com/zuUPD54HRM
— marian♕ (@Mvriaan) June 7, 2020
Keep fighting the good fight. #BLMSimsRally #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/TtXoQQJT4l
— MTG: Virtual Visionary (@IsThatMTG) June 7, 2020
The PS5 console itself was also announced at this week’s PS5 event and it’s received… mixed reactions.
I fucking hate y’all lmao#PS5 #FF7R pic.twitter.com/jrz2jNo9yy
— 🕹 – Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight (@LeNerdyNinja) June 12, 2020
This is the best one lmao pic.twitter.com/0itWZJnYae
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) June 11, 2020
— Living Ichigo 🍓 (@livingichigo) June 11, 2020
— Unfinished Sentenc (@UnbeatenObj) June 11, 2020
Okay, I’ll stop now. Sony also announced a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn. Coming to PS5, Horizon Forbidden West will follow Aloy as she journeys west to a “far-future America to brave a majestic but dangerous frontier.” I still haven’t played Zero Dawn but given the criticisms of cultural appropriation by Native Americans, describing Forbidden West’s America as a “frontier” to be “braved” is pretty yikes.
Finally, a thread of The Last of Us Part II reviews written by women. Enjoy.
THREAD: The Last of Us Part II reviews written by women 🎮💫
— Millicent Thomas (@MillicentOnFilm) June 12, 2020
Zainabb Hull is an editor at Sidequest, a freelance writer and videographer, and sort-of artist. They’re also a trans, queer, and disabled brown femme. They tweet into the void at @ZainabbHull.