Thinking about representation reminds me of an event relatively recently in Heroes of the Storm. For the past 2 years they’ve had a Summer Event called where they have summer themed skins like Tychus has his gatling gun turned into a gatling super soaker, his grenade is a water balloon and he’s in board shorts. I usually don’t care much for those skins, funny as they are. But this year the “Suns Out, Guns Out” event was replaced by Nexomania. A lot of characters had Luchador themed skins, Sonya was La Pantera, Diablo was, well he was El Diablo and Garrosh was El Jefe and Lunara was La Parca. There were a few more but these were all the “main” skins for the event. Alongside it, they released a new announcer called El Guapo. Announcers are kind of like in Dota where they replace the voice over for the general game, announcing double kills and the like. El Guapo is actually voiced by Arturo “El Rudo” Rivera, who was a real Lucha Libre announcer so he really nailed the entire delivery. I was super excited by this because I couldn’t think of a single other game I’d played that ever had a Hispanic event in the game. And I just plain love lucha libre stuff, Hawlucha is still my favorite Gen 6 pokémon.
But much like what Josué said, after the sort of initial excitement wore down, I was a bit sad that there’s not more hispanic representation in video games that isn’t just Luchador stuff. I like it and all but I’d like to see stuff that isn’t just Mexican themed and not just lucha themed. I can’t even really think of too many characters that are hispanic in video games in the first place. Funnily, the only one I can really remember is Dominic “Dom” Santiago from Gears of War. I was surprised that he had any real characterization in the games and that he had a real arc sort of culminating in Gears 2 with his basically lobotimized wife.
Even so, I was still happy to see Nexomania happen at all and I hope that more companies and games continue to celebrate other cultures as well in their own events much like many do for Chinese New Years.