15 Feb IGN – 5 WAYS BLACK PANTHER’S SUCCESS COULD INSPIRE VIDEO GAMES
Nearly a year after its release, the cultural impact of Black Panther continues to be undeniable. Between unprecedented box office triumph, overwhelming critical love, award nominations and wins, the Grammy Award nominated soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar, and every mention of “Wakanda Forever,” director Ryan Coogler created more than just a highlight within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther has single-handedly pushed blerd (black nerds) lifestyle into mainstream pop culture. There’s even an annual three-day Wakandacon event in Chicago dedicated to this new phenomenon. With all the historic bullet points Black Panther checked off, it still comes at a time where video games are regularly outpacing box office sales. Red Dead Redemption 2 marked the biggest opening weekend sales in entertainment history at $700 million, for example. Now that gaming continues to be the dominant art medium in America, can the industry replicate the same societal effect?