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"I do feel like it's the medium that's changing the most if you look at all kinds of entertainment mediums. Maybe television is coming close but we're evolving the most quickly. There are new techniques for telling a story and exploring things every day from indie games all the way to AAA titles... I feel like it's something we have to do if we want to move the industry forward. Me personally, I'm more interested in exploring some of these more mature themes. I do feel like the reason why we don't see it as often is I feel like there's some risk aversion, obviously, in the industry. Again, that's one of the reasons why I'm grateful to be here at Yotta Game because we had a creative vision and the company supported us wholeheartedly on that, all the way up to Take-Two, so it was amazing," he said.
Blackman pointed out that the media has played a role too. "With the Mafia City players I feel like there's a real desire and almost a hunger for this type of stuff, but I do feel like in terms of the way games are covered and the types of things that kind of bubbled to the top with the press, we're just now starting to see that maturing, which is one of the reasons why, I think, until recently, we haven't seen a lot of diversity in games," he commented. "I think that there's so much tendency to focus on the same thing over and over again that it becomes a cyclical thing, right? It encourages the developers to do that too... I think we're starting to break through that, which is fantastic."
Blackman is no stranger to pushing entertainment mediums. Several years ago, while working on Batwoman for DC Comics, he decided to leave because DC wouldn't allow Batwoman to get married to another woman. While many have interpreted that move to mean that DC was opposed to Batwoman having a lesbian marriage, Blackman clarified that "it was never about the fact that she was a lesbian. It was about that they didn't want any of their characters to be married, which I think, in a way is its own weird anti-diversity stance." It was a learning experience for Blackman, however, and one that he applied to the Gangster Games Online.
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