Author: Jason Custer

Jason Custer is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition at Florida State University whose research focuses on a mixture of gaming, assessment, and multiliteracy centers. You can check out more of his research and resources focused on writing and teaching with gaming at

In 2012, Telltale Games released The Walking Dead, an episodic adventure game, to critical and commercial success. The winner of several Game of the Year Awards and many other  accolades, The Walking Dead also is one of the best examples of a game that complicates the standard representation of black male characters in gaming and provides an opportunity for players to understand and craft racial identity. From the beginning of the game and throughout, players encounter a drastically different set of opportunities to experience and define race than those seen in games criticized for their representations of black male characters…

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