DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
The Flamehawk Studios team feels very passionate when it comes to diversity and inclusion in video games.
Here are a few things we're including in The Mechanical World of Dr. Gearbox:
Albinism in humans is a genetic condition that is defined as a lack of melanin pigmentation that can result in skin, hair, or eyes having little or no color. An estimated 1 out of every 20,000 people in the world have some form of Albinism.
Alopecia is a condition in which hair is lost from some or (in rare cases) all areas of the body. The cause is thought to be a systemic autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own anagen hair follicles and suppresses or stops hair growth. It is estimated that 147 million people worldwide will develop some form of alopecia areata throughout their lifetime.
This surgically implanted device is designed to stimulate a person’s cochlear nerve in order to provide a hearing sensation. This is done by the external portion using a microphone to pick up sound and transmit it to the internal portion that sits in the inner ear. Over 325,000 of these devices are used worldwide to help address the 466 million people in the world that have disabled hearing loss. The original design was invented by André Djourno and Charles Eyriès in 1957. Players will be able to change the color of our starter implant and we plan to come up with cool designs and patterns as time goes on as well.
It is believed that the first eyeglasses were invented by Salvino D’Armate in Northern Italy around the year 1285. Since then the design has undergone multiple changes and today can be found on over 60% of the faces in the world. It is estimated that over 2.2 billion people in the world have a vision impairment or blindness. The color of our starter set can be changed and we plan to add more variations and enhancements over time.
Heterochromia iridum, or different color eyes, can be found in about 47 million people around the world. There are different causes of this condition although most cases are considered hereditary.
The first use of prosthetics is thought to go back almost 5,000 years ago in Egypt and was made out of wood and leather. Today prosthetics are made from a wide variety of material and can serve different uses and functions. It is estimated that over 30 million people are in need of a prosthetic device. Our “starter” prosthetic arm and leg designs have customizable colors and are inspired by current options but we plan to add as many new designs and upgrades as we can as time goes on.
This skin condition comes in different forms but the most common “generalized” version is characterized by patches of the skin that lose their pigment over time. 80 million people around the world have some form of vitiligo. We will start out with a few patterns but plan to build our library of options over time.
Wheelchairs have been around longer than you might think. There is evidence of various designs going back as far as 2,600 years ago in China. Currently, it is estimated that over 130 million people in the world require the use of a wheelchair. Our “starter” wheelchair has customizable colors and takes inspiration from existing powerchair models combined with breakthrough self-balancing technology, an experimental backrest and audio speaker system. It is our goal to add more designs and upgrades over time.