DONNY YI


American Hero

Racial diversity has become the norm of American society as reflected in today’s media. The biggest appeal of a video game is its main protagonist. For several decades, leading video game developers from the U.S. and Japan, consistently created the main character to fit the same archetype: a Caucasian male. This left people of color lacking visibility, particularly the Asian race who were one of the least visible in video games, often appearing only as a side character. Today’s video games are popular amongst people of all ages, races, and genders. Realistic representations and portrayal of diverse characters have become a crucial design element. Breaking away from stereotypes, racially diverse characters in popular games are now visible more than ever. Players can design their characters to reflect their own identities, and this empowers them to believe that their appearance is powerful and that they too can become the American Hero.