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You’ll notice that our E3 and Game of the Year pages have a system whereby we rank games based on how diverse we think they are.
|A playable female character in a leading role1||4 points|
|A female supporting cast member (non-playable but prominent)||3 points|
|A playable person of colour2||4 points|
|LGBTQ+ inclusion3||4 points|
|The ability to be in an LGBTQ+ relationship||2 points|
|The inclusion of a disabled character4||3 points|
*Note, in select cases, points could be deducted for unhelpful/negative/overly stereotypical representation.
|Very diverse||10+ points|
|Good diversity||8-10 points|
|Somewhat diverse||5-7 points|
|No/low diversity||0-4 points|
1 Fewer points were awarded to games with female characters in multiplayer modes only; likewise, a game like The Last of Us didn’t get a full 4 points because Ellie is only playable for a few hours of the game.
2 Games that feature people of colour in supporting - or partially playable roles - received between 1 and 3 points
3 Fewer points were awarded to games that reference LGBTQ+ themes but lack fully-fledged LGBTQ+ characters; minus scores were handed out to games that portray anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment
4 Fewer points were awarded to games that reference disability without expressly introducing a disabled character