Entrepreneur uses video games to empower

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Using video games as her medium, Minnesota entrepreneur Jules Porter is continuing her mission to transform the video game industry from within. Porter is currently working on “Ultimate Elder Battle Royale,” a quirky game that envisions a world in which superheroes grow old and have to fight bad guys with canes and walkers. In this game most of the characters are Black, Indigenous and people of color.

By creating video games that center on BIPOC, Porter is hoping to empower young Black people, as well as cultivate empathy in those who don’t experience racism.

In 2019 Porter founded Seraph 7 Studios and became the first and only Black woman in the world to own a console video game development company.

“The goal is to put out positive images of Black people,” Porter said.

Porter, who has played video games for most of her life, understands well the simplistic depictions of Black people in video games, either as drug dealers or criminals.

“Assassins Creed” is a video game that puts players into different historical places in each rendition. It was praised for its diversity in 2013 when “Assassins Creed: Liberation” was released and featured a Black female protagonist. The game takes place in …

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