Daily discussion about racial representation within L.O.L.

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Eserine

Senior Member

01-20-2012

On Sweatshops and LoL


Part 1: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1666371
Part 2: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1699734
Part 3: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1703540
Part 4: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1713982
Part 5: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1714964
Part 6: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1715448
Part 7: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1715581
Part 8: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1715729
Part 9: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1718694
Part 10: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1728626
Part 11: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1729121


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Originally Posted by Calys Teneb
The community is bored with your discussion. It had a good run, ten pages, but really at this point you're just trolling.
How much deliberation over several threads was given to the name of Sejuani's Boar or whether there should be a Bunnygirl Riven skin again?

In Part 12 I would like to examine (if possible) the MOBA genre's dependence upon computer components overwhelmingly manufactured in 3rd world sweatshops, in fact each of the sponsors for the Kiev championships, Benq, Razer, and Intel are likely tied to the same unthinkable human rights violations and exploitation brought to international attention last week through 200 workers at the Foxconn components factory threatening to collectively commit suicide.

The "Riot Global Tour" touching Taiwan didn't stop to visit a few places:
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/c...-investigation

and while many of the companies that make gaming rigs designed to give pro players the competitive edge may wish to claim they enforce touted "codes of good manufacturing conduct", to quote a recent article in Wired magazine:

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"these Asian supply chains are notoriously complex and murky. Contractors shift orders across borders and between factories and subcontractors, and some brands treat their supplier list as top-secret information.

Here’s the problem, activists say: While such codes may be good PR, they are not fixing the problem. Instead, they allow big brands to pat themselves on the back, even as workers continue to be exploited in this shadowy world.

“These codes of conduct and audits are new tools that every brand will have, and they feel so proud of themselves,” said Jenny Chan, a labor rights activist formerly with Hong Kong rights group Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehavior. “But the codes have limits."

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Such problems are omnipresent in all major import sectors however, yet many reading this may already be remembering the widely distributed pictures of children playing near toxic e-waste in places like China which will likely be the ultimate fate of the very computers and monitors and handhelds one might be reading this post upon and playing upon Summoner's Rift with.
http://www.alexhofford.com/node/2238

Riot in the past (it has been suggested with no official verification that I have ever seen) has ceased their plans to manufacture plushies based on game characters due to concerns about pricing and possible ethical problems, and yet they remain a silent on many cases within an industry rife with this:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...et-gaming-scam

How many level 30 accounts with champions unlocked may have similarly been created to serve willing customers through EBAY so far?

Secondarily it might be argues that Pendragon and other Riot officiates show increased deference to Platinum players in pardoning their actions within the tribunal. Grackis after being baned was pardoned within 24 hours and flaunted his immunity upon the forums, likewise:

http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1724787

Does such unwritten favoritism (if it truly exists) further encourage those more wealthy players who can afford investment in better hardware to increasingly continue their purchases (in addition to the blatant promotion opportunities afforded during game events) in a toxic arms race beyond the simple motivation to go to championships? Many platinum players do not attempt to win prize money, so beyond the company lavishing attention and special signifiers upon those who do well in the game (opposed to the poorer players on wireless networks and inferior systems who may never be able to keep up with the game's requirements of split-second timing for landing skillshots and escapes) is this a significant impetus to those in third-world nations being worked to death?

Lastly, to tie this all in to the master-topic of racial representation within LoL, how might all this reflect upon the many design decisions already discussed? I welcome your comments below!


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EdgarAllanProse

Senior Member

01-20-2012

SV was banned instantly for trolling, so your special treatment for popular plat players is a load of ****.


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Eserine

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01-20-2012

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SV was banned instantly for trolling, so your special treatment for popular plat players is a load of ****.
A single case example does not disprove the idea that they might be shown an overwhelming statistical proportion of favoritism, even in the likelihood that they become"friends in game" with Riot employees (as I'm not sure SV did but many, many other platinums certainly have), and thus able to plead their appeals based upon an unfair framework of personal relation and past games played together... at the minimum.


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ZeroSonic

Senior Member

01-20-2012

I'm Chinese by background with a chemical engineering degree... and honestly I just play the game to have fun... not think about politics and racial anything. God, if I hear one more thing about racial representation, political correctness, wealth distribution, or whatever Imma go flip a table somewhere.


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Autumns Serenity

Senior Member

01-20-2012

Daily? No go away. If you know your thread is gonna get downvoted into oblivion every day, why do you think we want to see it every day?


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Eserine

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01-20-2012

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Daily? No go away. If you know your thread is gonna get downvoted into oblivion every day, why do you think we want to see it every day?
What do I care if you or ZeroSonic don't want to see it? I don't want to see threads about over-generalizations of foreign players on the NA servers as bad but those appear every day and I've made my peace with it. No one is forcing you to read this, go ask Riot to ban me from the forums if it bothers you, or use the refresh button on the GD front page!


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relevantex

Senior Member

01-20-2012

I have no idea what any of that has to do with the racial representation in LoL...but there should be a black champion:
It could be a capoeira dude with dreads ala Eddy Gordo
John Henry a beastly guy with a huge ass hammer
a character like Storm who controls rain, thunder, and lightning, etc.
Anansi who could be represented as a spider-man like character with webbing and a trickery based skillset.

There's a lot they could do =/


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Eserine

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01-20-2012

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Originally Posted by relevantex View Post
I have no idea what any of that has to do with the racial representation in LoL...but there should be a black champion:
It could be a capoeira dude with dreads ala Eddy Gordo
John Henry a beastly guy with a huge ass hammer
a character like Storm who controls rain, thunder, and lightning, etc.
Anansi who could be represented as a spider-man like character with webbing and a trickery based skillset.

There's a lot they could do =/
In our modern globalized age the lowest echelons of China's manufacturing ability largely responsible for the glut of cheap electronics allowing LoL to exist is built upon China's colonial interests in deepest Africa

http://www.guernicamag.com/features/...hnson_4_15_11/

A chalice of blood paid for heavily, no such of the many individuals who have died to this date may ever appear in our end product here in the west, past as faintly tanned Caucasian people.

My favorite pre-existing hero is Morien, not that, according to some commenters, black feet ever touched Medieval Europe of course:

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THE GLOBAL AFRICAN COMMUNITY
HISTORY NOTES: THE MOORS IN EUROPE
BY RUNOKO RASHIDI


It would not be inaccurate to say that the Moors helped reintroduce Europe to civilization. But just who were the Moors of antiquity anyway? As early as the Middle Ages, and as early as the seventeenth century, "The Moors were," according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "commonly supposed to be mostly black or very swarthy, and hence the word is often used for *****." Dr. Chancellor Williams stated that "The original Moors, like the original Egyptians, were Black Africans."

At the beginning of the eighth century Moorish soldiers crossed over from Africa into Spain, Portugal, and France, where their swift victories became the substance of legends. To the Christians of early Europe there was no question regarding the ethnicity of the Moors, and numerous sources support the view that the Moors were a black-skinned people. Morien, for example, is the adventure of a heroic Moorish knight supposed to have lived during the days of King Arthur. Morien is described as "all black: his head, his body, and his hands were all black." In the French epic known as the Song of Roland the Moors are described as "blacker than ink."

William Shakespeare used the word Moor as a synonym for African. Christopher Marlowe used African and Moor interchangeably. Arab writers further buttress the Black identity of the Moors. The powerful Moorish emperor Yusuf ben-Tachfin is described by an Arab chronicler as "a brown man with wooly hair."

Black soldiers, specifically identified as Moors, were actively recruited by Rome, and served in Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. St. Maurice, patron saint of medieval Europe, was only one of many Black soldiers and officers under the employ of the Roman Empire.

[1998] Runoko Rashidi. All Rights Reserved"

And from Wikipedia:

"Sir Morien and Sir Palamedes of Arthurian fame. Sir Gawain, whose life was saved on the battlefield by Sir Morien, is stated to have "harkened, and smiled at the knight's speech." It is noted that Morien was the fashion of his land. "Morien, who was dark of face and limb," was a great warrior, and it is said that: "His blows were so mighty; did a spear fly towards him, to harm him, it troubled him no whit, but he smote it in twain as if it were a reed; naught might endure before him." Sir Morien personified all of the finest virtues of the knights of the European Middle Ages."

The Moors were in Spain before the year 800. There is a picture on the Wilipedia site showing the Moorish ambassador to Queen Elizabeth 1 (16th C). I would think it is very likely they traded with Britain if nothing else mentioned in part 10, during the Middle Ages.
Source(s):

http://aalbc.com/reviews/themoors.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moors

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Also it should be noted that in mentioning the earliest Egyptians, these were totally unrecognizable from the Egyptians the designers chose to use as the basis for several of its characters who were European extracts (as further discussed on part 2 page 2)


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relevantex

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01-20-2012

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Originally Posted by Eserine View Post
In our modern globalized age the lowest echelons of China's manufacturing ability largely responsible for the glut of cheap electronics allowing LoL to exist is built upon China's colonial interests in deepest Africa

http://www.guernicamag.com/features/...hnson_4_15_11/

A chalice of blood paid for heavily, no such of the many individuals who have died to this date may ever appear in our end product here in the west, past as faintly tanned Caucasian people.

My favorite pre-existing hero is Morien, not that, according to some commenters, black feet ever touched Medieval Europe of course:

Also it should be noted that in mentioning the earliest Egyptians, these were totally unrecognizable from the Egyptians the designers chose to use as the basis for several of its characters who were European extracts (as further discussed on part 2 page 2)
You are opening up pandora's box here by claiming the Moors and suggesting early Egyptians were black Africans you know. Not that I disagree mind you.


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Eserine

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01-20-2012

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You are opening up pandora's box here by claiming the Moors and suggesting early Egyptians were black Africans you know. Not that I disagree mind you.
Gosh... I hope no one becomes angry for me mentioning any of this! Imagine if they tried to close my thread down and suppress any mention of what I am writing about, what would I do then?

In all honesty though I am not surprised at the refusal of people address the present sub-issue of thousands of abused and dying non-white people, research on the psychological impact of climate change discoveries has revealed two very important twin mechanics I fear decisive in our ultimate fate as a species:

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... apocalyptic descriptions of global warming's possible consequences might threaten people's natural tendency to believe that the world is a fundamentally fair and stable place(1). Undermining that belief has been shown to increase the likelihood that people will ignore reality and allow events to unfold around them without intervening(2).

(1): Feinberg, M. & Willer, R. Psychol. Sci. doi:10.1177/0956797610391911 (2010).
(2): Lerner, M. The Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion (Plenum Press, 1980).

http://www.nature.com/news/2011/1101....2011.701.html
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Human nature leans as ever towards a crass denialism of reality (unless an individual is severely depressed of course). Since it would seem no one is interested in discussing the plight at issue, let us instead take random Occultopedia pages and pair them with google image search results to form new champions for fun!

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Draythe Darkwill, The Noxian Capnomancer:
http://www.occultopedia.com/c/capnomancy.htm

Danielus Quirrell, The Errant Myrmomantic
http://www.occultopedia.com/m/myrmomancy.htm

Qaia, Keymaiden of the Pass of Mogron
http://www.occultopedia.com/c/cleidomancy.htm

Based on Mittor's hyberbolic failed 'reductio ad absurdum' concept from part 9 page 3: Adlartok the handicapped lesbian black half Eskimo Tyromancer (pictured fighting the blue golems)
http://www.occultopedia.com/t/tyromancy.htm

All images are apparently property of JR Barker (http://jrbarker.com/?page_id=232), who seems like a rather talented fellow. It is interesting to note that none of these images have direct white-washed versions "in order to increase their sales". Your turn!


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