Panel discusses diversity in video games

Some of Time Warner Cable News' own sat on a South by Southwest Interactive Gaming Expo panel this weekend.

Producer Beth Elderkin and assignment editor Develon Douglas headed up a discussion on gaming Sunday.

The We Are Player 1: Diversity in Gaming panel focused on the representation of characters within video games.

Panelist said movies and books are seeing a wider array of men and women from all races, but that hasn't been the case in gaming.

They pointed out that given the growing number of gamers, the medium needs to catch up to reflect its audience.

"When people are exposed to games and other media that are not like them, it actually is beneficial," Douglas said. "It does help the general public in terms of knowing who your neighbors are and knowing who the people who you share a society with are, and I think that's a really important thing."

The We Are Player 1: Diversity in Gaming panel was dedicated to Matthew Crump, the SXSW gaming organizer and a game developer who died of a heart attack just five days before SXSWi started.

One of Crump's final interviews was with Time Warner Cable News on Feb. 26.

He was 40 years old.

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