Going further, some would argue that there are few minority characters in games, and if there is a minority character, he/she is usually a thug, wears a lot of bling, and commits violent crimes. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the most obvious example of this; namely a white man's view of the black man's world. However, we must remember that much of GTA: SA's narrative is derived from movies such as Boyz n the Hood, a powerful movie by black filmmaker, John Singleton.
This is obviously a difficult issue as it involves race, ethnicity, educational opportunities, prejudices, biases, etc. I feel that as the gaming population increases and continues to diversify, we'll see more and more minority-owned and operated game studios, in addition to more diversity at the major studios. Much in the same way that BET TV caters to a black audience, so will certain game studios. Already there is aagamer.com, a site dedicated to African American gamers.
Armstrong and his colleagues are doing a great thing with the Urban Video Game Academy and I'm all for diversifying the industry as I feel it will only help to make games more creative and fun to play. Next, we have to work on the gender gap.