So yesterday, I was just browsing on my phone as always to find some interesting things to post on the LoW page, and in my randomness, decided to search “black WoW characters” to see if there are any.
This is where I was sorely disappointed. Aside from fan art there really was nothing to be found. This saddens me, because in my opinion it is very important to have POC (people of color) represented in games and other media, yet in Warcraft, a game with millions of subscribers, of which I can only guess a decent percentage would be something OTHER than caucasian, we’re not seeing them being represented, well, at all really…
Okay. So Blizzard gave us Wrathion, you can argue that one. But although he was pretty prominent in lore in Mists of Pandaria, he’s not a huge frontline character like Varian or Thrall.
And he feels a little more Middle Eastern than anything, to me. But we’ll take what we can get. He’s a POC, at least.
Some people might also argue that Deathwing is “black”, but honestly, he’s grey skinned. Death knights, night elves and draenei also have darker ‘greyish’ skin tones but this isn’t quite the same as representing African Americans…
Back before the player character model upgrades in Warlords of Draenor, players were able to make dark skinned, almost black humans, but Post-upgrade, their skin appears to have been lightened, as you can see in this picture below.
I logged on and created a human just to check the current options. Now the darkest skin option you can get on a human is this option. Hmm, slightly tan, but I’d hardly call this a POC, would you?
While Warcraft is a high fantasy setting, with orcs (no playable brown-skinned ones, mind you), elves and tauren, there is no denying that there are a large number of POC playing WoW, and especially when we have the choice to play a HUMAN within this fantasy world, I do believe that POC should have better representation within the world.
What are your thoughts?