Ever wondered where all the Māori are in video games? Ever been hyped to play something and then been disappointed to realize the content is harmful and plays on lazily written tropes? As a Māori, I’ve had my identity exoticized, erased, and portrayed in ignorance in all kinds of media - advertisements, films, TV, or video games. This database builds on the excellent work of Queerly Represent Me and Debbie Reese, and represents a beginning of tracing the history of Māori within videogames, and a place to highlight and honour those who are creating innovative and nuanced content in Te Reo Māori - such as Metia Interactive, Johnson Witehira, Rainbite, and Team Ninja Thumbs. I hope that this will offer some suggestions on ways to use video games to engage in storytelling, art, and language learning.
As well as expanding these descriptions, next steps include researching how to create a database which can also be searched and filtered - if you would like to collaborate on this, please get in touch. Suggestions, additions, and feedback are welcome - thanks to those who have shared this work and made suggestions for titles thus far.