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Why Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales & Representation Matters to Us

In collaboration with Latinx in Gaming and a panel of guests, we discuss why Miles Morales is a big step for representation in gaming.

November 23, 2020

Released this month for PS5 and PS4Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is not only one of the biggest releases of the holiday season, but also one of the most noteworthy. As the follow-up to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man, Insomniac Games’ title finally puts players into Miles Morales’ shoes as he comes into his own as Spider-Man and, along the way, offers a significant step for representation in games.

To celebrate the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, we joined with Latinx in Gaming and a panel of guests to discuss our thoughts on Insomniac Games’ latest title and what it means for inclusivity and representation in video games. Alongside our own Mario Rivera (Video Manager, DualShockers) and Cameron Hawkins (Staff Writer, DualShockers), the panel also features Elaine Gomez (Co-Founder, Latinx in Gaming), Greysun Morales (Features Editor, Twinfinite), Kevin Diaz (Creator, PlayStation Source), and Paul Holston (Host, TruToTheGame Radio) to share their impressions of Miles Morales, along with discussing the current state of representation in the games industry and how it can move forward.

You can check out the full video below:

In a year like 2020 where conversations around race and representation have mattered more than ever, our panel looks to highlight how Miles Morales can create a path for other developers and studios to embrace stories centered around diverse cultures and people of color. While Miles is already a superhero in his own right, he also serves as an important symbol for those that feel underrepresented, giving his lead role through Insomniac’s title even more of an impact.

For additional resources after watching our discussion, you can check out Latinx in Gaming’s official website to learn more about their work in encouraging and promoting Latinx representation across the games industry. Additionally, you can also follow the members of the panel on Twitter to find more of their work and insights across the games industry.

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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