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A couple of days ago Activision Blizzard introduced a curious tool that, in general, offers a score to measure the level of diversity in the characters of each video game. Due to this, and to the controversy generated by the algorithm, a video was recovered on social networks where the company put Mario Bros. and his friends on trial.
This new tool has been in development since 2016 and seems to have been testing its beta phase. According to those responsible, it was used in games like Call of Duty: Vanguard y Overwatch 2information that was denied by some developers and that continues to cause a stir in the community.
Now, the controversy continues with a new video that was recovered from GDC 2017, where some Activision workers tested the algorithm with the main characters of Nintendo, and stated that they are not diverse enough.
Here you can see it:
If you ever wondered how Mario characters would land on Acti-Blizz’s diversity chart, look no further. This shit is genuinely hysterical. pic.twitter.com/K6GdDe7HO4
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As you could see, and despite the presenter’s nervous voice, the tool stated that Mario and his friends are not diverse enough and several points were mentioned to consider, according to the criteria of said algorithm.
The conclusion of the Activision worker is that the characters in the Mushroom Kingdom lack diversity. Some of the main reasons are that “none are disabled and apparently all are heterosexual”.
On the other hand, one of the positive points of the characters is that Mario and Luigi are Italian, which allows both characters to be “out of the ordinary” and that Mario is “short and round”.
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Of course, the community is taking this analysis (?) with humor, and they don’t understand how Activision’s tool can draw so many conclusions from a simple image.
In addition, users are suggesting to the company that they better make a tool that helps prevent the harassment, abuse and discrimination for which they have been singled out in recent months.
What do you think of this Activision Blizzard project? Tell us in the comments.
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