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Deathloop: The Defining of a Generation

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2021 was ushered in like no year we have ever seen. The death of George Floyd in 2020 led to one of the biggest uprisings of racial upheavals in this country in decades. The progress of African-Americans in today’s society has been a significant improvement over what was viewed in the 1960’s — however more change was needed.



Video games have been a constant in American and worldwide society for decades now. So with the thousands of games that have transcended the entertainment culture, it would make one wonder — where is the minority representation?

The dark-skinned antagonist has precipitated the ability for the world to be okay with playing as a minority based protagonist. Minority representation in the gaming world has been undervalued and ignored since nearly the inception of gaming. There may be those sidekicks and villains who fit the profile, but how many times has a main character been a non-white character?

The world received Carl “CJ” Johnson in 2004’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — and despite the character was for once an African-American lead character, his life was still detailed in a very ‘stereotypical’ manner. He spoke in ‘gangster’ lingo, and despite the fact he was trying to escape the troubling life that preceded him in a city based on 1990’s Los Angeles, his family and friends were the stereotype to which African-Americans have been viewed as the norm in America society.

So the newest game in the timeline of African-American video game culture is one that has been received in great respect. Deathloop is a FPS story-based game made by gaming giants Bethesda. We did receive Spiderman-Miles Morales in 2020. However this title feels heavier, it is not a side-story in the world of a comic, but its own story, with its own characters in a world we have never viewed.

I am not here to give a review on Deathloop, this has been done many times before, and in fact the reviews are sparkling. What I am highlighting here — is the pride any African-American gamer should feel when they hold the cover of this title. Two African-American protagonists grace the cover of the game. This is unprecedented, and in a world where black representation is non-existent in the gaming world, it is nice to finally see black characters grace a cover for once, as for once it is their story being told.



For all of the internet chatter that breeds racism and comments such as “it doesn’t matter the color of a character”, this is the type of speech that has brought down the African-American gaming community for so long. Tell those words to every African-American video game player who simply looking for joy in playing a game, has been berated online with comments like the N-word, or derogatory comments about race.

African-Americans have long been the whipping boys of nearly every culture in society. Finally getting starring roles in movies they basically have to fund themselves just to cast their own, and playing video games in a society where the lead character is always white, and never represents themselves, or Japanese Games where the main characters tend to always be white or speaking in an English accent. It is not a coincidence that this occurs. African-Americans are always viewed as the lowest race in every society, and the faster people admit to this, the faster we truly will get to living in an equal world.

Race should not be a case to discuss in 2021, but guess what — it is, and it should be. Games like Deathloop are the embodiment of what needs to be brought across this culture, to show not only minorities, but the world that the good guys don’t always have to be of fair skin, but that their can be pride and no longer unspoken humility in being a race that is considered less because of a skin hue.

We may not get a chance to see many Deathloop’s, but when we do, it should not be celebrated just by African-Americans, but the world over. It’s nice to finally see representation in gaming, it finally feels a bit more equal, and if you sit here and disagree with the point I am making here, then you truly need to take a look in the mirror and realize your unspoken transgression is also the issue. Even if you do not say it, your hateful eyes tell the truth, and hiding behind a keyboard and showing your racial and hateful bias is why this country and the world still needs change.

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CD Projekt Red Announces Cyberpunk and Witcher 3 Pushed Back

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In a statement released from controversial game developer CD Projekt Red — the company announced today that Cyberpunk and the Witcher 3 next-generation updates will be postponed until next year.

The colossal gaming failure in Cyberpunk will be released in the first quarter of 2022, while the latter will be released in the second quarter of 2022. A huge disappointment for not only gamers, but a company that seems hell bent on trying to make amends for releasing an admitted “unfinished product” in the form of the mess that was Cyberpunk.

The Polish video game developer stampeded its way to global fame with the success of the Witcher 3. The critically acclaimed title has sold over 30 million copies of the game worldwide. The games which are based upon the book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and are not only critically acclaimed but also spawned a successful series which airs on Netflix starring current Superman actor Henry Cavill.

This led to major hype for their next project, the highly anticipated and highly problematic ‘Cyberpunk.’ A game that was not only unfinished and unpolished, but such a mess that it even offered refunds. Whatever the true issue of the problematic game was, the biggest issue was not only the loss of revenue due to its failure, but the company’s sterling name which had become one of the most respected in gaming.

The company promised major fixes to the title for next-gen consoles, although this was met with much doubt, many gamers still trusted the company could right their wrongs with the title. With the latest setback, it seems many gamers will get off the bandwagon here, and the company announcing such troubling news after a very critical 2021 year — it would seem the company is taking another huge loss in form of monetary value and reputation.

We will update here at Coastal House Media with any new news on this topic.

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Gotham Knights Court of Owls Story Trailer and Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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During DC FanDome last year Warner Bros. Games Montréal revealed their newest title at the Hall of Heroes which was Gotham Knights. Now returning to DC FanDome once again due to a delayed release and now releasing in 2022, they reveal a thrilling new story trailer which focuses on one of my favourite Gotham Criminal organisations, The Court of Owls.



The story trailer for the upcoming open-world, third-person action RPG features the game’s main antagonist, the fabled Court of Owls, a secret society made up of Gotham City’s wealthiest families. The trailer also introduces Oswald Cobblepot (also known as The Penguin), the infamous DC Super-Villain who seemingly knows important details about this omnipresent silent predator and the threat it poses to Gotham and its new guard of DC Super Heroes – Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin.

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Also as an extra treat to those who tuned into their presentation we got to see a behind-the-scenes featurette for Gotham Knights, with commentary from Jim Lee (Comic Book Artist, Publisher & Chief Creative Officer at DC), Scott Snyder (Writer & Co-Creator of “The Court of Owls”), Greg Capullo (Comic Book Artist & Co-Creator of “The Court of Owls”), Patrick Redding (Gotham Knights Creative Director, Warner Bros. Games Montréal) and Ann Lemay (Gotham Knights Narrative Director, Warner Bros. Games Montréal), who all expand on the Courts of Owls origins, lore and inspiration in bringing this elusive enemy to the interactive world of Gotham Knights.

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Gotham Knights allows players to step into the roles of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin, a new guard of trained DC Super Heroes who must rise up as the protectors of Gotham City in the wake of Batman’s death. The game will be playable either solo or as a two-player, online cooperative experience.

To learn more about Gotham Knights, visit GothamKnightsGame.com

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Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

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“Don’t Be A Hero.”

Warner Bros. Games and DC today unleashed a new story trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the genre-defying, action-adventure third-person shooter in development from Rocksteady Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham series.



The latest look at the game debuted tonight at DC FanDome. The brand-new story trailer sheds light on the origins of Amanda Waller’s infamous Task Force X (a.k.a. the Suicide Squad) as Harley QuinnDeadshotCaptain Boomerang and King Shark grudgingly embark on their mission to take down the World’s Greatest DC Super Heroes, The Justice League.

Featuring an original narrative set within an expansive open-world Metropolis, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League puts the four DC Super-Villains on a collision course with an invading alien force and DC Super Heroes who are now laser-focused on destroying the city they once vowed to protect. All the while, the squad must be mindful of the lethal explosives implanted in their heads that could go off at the first sign of defiance.

Squad: Kill the Justice League will be available worldwide in 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. 

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