Let’s Talk about Pandering and Nerdy Discourse

In many nerd spheres, there is a lot of talk about “pandering”. In gaming specifically, the term has been used to refer to series that unnecessarily add or feature components just to “pander” to an audience for the sake of getting sales. This has been a recurring discussion point, but came to a head again with the recent changes to the Street Fighter V beta version’s changes. Essentially, some of the characters’ intros have been less sexualized, which has led some factions to claim that this means game developers are pandering to liberal, progressive critics. I know some people might not want to have this discussion and will get mad at me for this, but pandering is a serious problem! Looking at the current landscape of characters and features, it’s time we had a good, hard look at this industry and put a good effort into adding some damn diversity.

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