Finally, I finally discovered the truth behind Note and watch The question that has plagued me for six years: What the hell is going on with Lucio’s hair?
I spoke to last week Monitor 2 Developers Jeff Goodman and Dion Rogers about Sojourn, the game’s first black female heroine. Because this was a rare chance to be alone with a couple Note and watch Developers, I took the opportunity to ask a burning question about another black Note and watch Hero: Lucio
Lúcio is my favorite before Sojourn Note and watch Character in his playing style and story. He is a healer with unique movement and healing abilities. He was one of the first and only characters I devoted myself to mastering (with questionable results and less than mastery) despite not being a big hit in the team-based shooters. It’s also this wonderful DJ Quartet Platinum, Afro-Brazilian with an affinity for Frogs who decided to join a group of international freedom fighters to stop the corporate development of the favela. I was immediately drawn to him. But the one thing that always bothered I’m about Beyoncé’s character with a gun was his hair.
I’m obsessed with black hair in video games, where for black women in particular hair is a sensitive topic. A couple of weeks ago, we couldn’t stop talking about an event that was, in essence, about a black woman’s hair. There were written laws in the 18th century regulating how black women could wear their hair. Even today, in the supposedly “enlightened age” of 2022, we pass laws protecting blacks from hair discrimination after people lost job opportunities and children cut their hair against their will.
A lot of my self-esteem has been tied to my hair. She rocked wigs, extensions, and the braid. I wore my hair straight and natural and now it’s cut. So I’m particularly sensitive to how black hair is represented in video games, which brings us to Lúcio and his baffling hair case.
You see, he’s got these huge – leaked Dreadlocks that seemed so weird and unnatural that I formulated this complex conspiracy theory that it’s not actually his hair at all, but a performance piece of art. Yes, I really am Lúcio hair. I’ve had braids before. I know how big Capital B can get depending on how (or not) you maintain it. But Lúcio’s locks just don’t look real to me. They looked like they were made of foam and nothing grew out of his head.
Where most black video game hairstyles fail is when creators don’t take into account hair texture. This is why a lot of the afro styles you can choose in the game character generator look like these big matte balls of not sure what this is but not the hair or why the afro style in Wonders of Tiny Tina Looks like the armor model of elden ringAbominable dung eater.
I understand that creating any kind of hair texture in a video game is a tedious process, so I usually want to rework a bad texture into the time constraints and limitations of the game engine. But Lúcio’s style of flat corn edging against the head that has blossomed into big and bouncy…things??? It was so weird that I rejected this hypothesis in favor of going for a full tin hat, literally. In my hypothesis, Lúcio’s hair is actually a hat that he wears as part of his DJ character. It’s like the Daft Punk helmets or the Deadmau5 helmets. It’s a theory I held for years until I finally had the chance to ask Note and watch The developers confirm my suspicions.
“Yes, your theory is correct,” said Rogers, the technical director. Note and watch. Sweet, sweet whitewash. Rogers also shared it with Monitor 2Lúcio’s hair is getting an update.
We improve it for Monitor 2Rogers said. “A large part of our research has been trying to create ethnic hair that is more culturally correct. You can see that improvement in his Monitor 2 Art concept. The foam headpiece has been replaced with natural (and textured!) hair that still honors his DJ personality, finished with bright neon coils that remind me of a cybergoth wig of the late 2000s.
While I’m glad my long-standing doubts have finally subsided, I’m equally glad Rogers and his team understood that poetry is important to a character’s identity, especially black characters like Sojourn and Lúcio.
“The thing that I think is so great about the art team is that we have people who are dedicated to improving the perception of poetry in racial characters,” Rogers said.