I was thinking today a bit about portrayals of obscure communities in video games, particularly as I am a Romani gypsy and got thinking about Assassin’s Creed Revelations, the only time I’ve seen a significant portrayal of Romani gypsies in a video game.
It’s been bloody ages since I played Revelations but I recall that stuff being handled with a surprising amount of thoughtfulness, considering most media portrayals end up being someone throwing a curse or some nonsense, or just being portrayed as thieves or criminals. I bloody appreciate they didn’t choose the Romani to act the games Theives Guild.
I remember there being a mission to retrieve some stolen gold for the Romani, and they do this interesting thing of basically the Romani mission giver saying, ‘yeah everyone think’s we’re witches and shit so we’re gonna fuck with them real good’. You as Ezio have to poison guards undetected to convince them that the gold they stole from the Romani is cursed. At the time I thought was a surprisingly nice little subversion and I enjoyed that mission quite a bit.
Anyway, can anyone else think of any lesser known /underappreciated portrayals of communities or cultures in games?