We Need More Games That Take Splatoon's Approach to Identity

Splatoon 2 is a game which takes normative video game tropes and turns them on their head. It takes the shooter genre and exposes it to a diverse and vibrant color pallet, and replaces guns and bullets with an assortment of tools and super soakers doused in ink. Splatoon knows how to prioritize fun in a way that maybe the AAA industry has forgotten somewhat. It remembers that at the heart of video games, the point is to have fun. But, that doesn't mean that Splatoon is vapid, in fact, Splatoon thinks about certain things in ways that perhaps more games should, and, arguably, at the top of the list is how Splatoon approaches identity.

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