BioShock Infinite Is Making Us Racist

Cheat Code Central's Josh Engen writes: "With the launch of BioShock Infinite, I've been having an inordinate number of conversations about floating cities and murderous crows. The weird part, though, is that I've noticed people humorously co-opting the racism from BioShock Infinite into their conversations about the game."

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LOGICWINS1911d ago

Nothing to worry about Josh. Racial jokes are okay as long as they're more funny than offensive. I have close friends from several different backgrounds and racial humor is like breathing for us lol.

Grap1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

the game set in 1912 so no the game doesn't make you racist.your great grand father was. people at that time in USA were racist.that's a fact not a made up.

Thatguy-3101911d ago

I really really hated that black chick that wanted to kill the kid. Thanks god Elizabeth killed her.

Mounce1911d ago

and what dboyc310 would mean to say is: "I hate that Woman, who happens to be black"... Perhaps....

Lol....hate-crime-like posts.

Linsolv1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

@Mounce - No, there's no "maybe." He gave an identifying feature of a character. There are four people tend to talk about in real life when asked to describe a person, unless there's something obvious like horrible facial scarring ("Describe The Hound." "Dog helmet. Horrible facial scarring.")

They are:
1 - Height
2 - Weight
3 - Skin color
4 - Gender

Usually, in conversation, people will differentiate by whatever deviates most from the set of people they know. Usually they'll give two descriptors, and one will be gender. If the person is exceptionally tall, they'll say "Tall girl." You rarely hear "tall white girl" or "tall black girl" even among people to whom race is a strongly defining feature (IE racists)[Edit: , unless the person has a small number of tall friends and is differentiating between them]

However, if she's pretty much an average height, and pretty much an average weight, then you have to find other descriptors, which depend on how well you know the person. [Edit 2: Maybe you can say "the mechanic," or "the chick with the (implied: noticeable) boobs" or "the goth chick." But if you don't, you go back to those 4 basics, and race is still on the list.]

"[T]hat black chick" is pretty much a fair term. He hit two descriptors, like most people in conversation. I just started playing last night, maybe I'll find out that "that black chick" could be more easily described as "that chick who has horrible facial scarring," or "that chick who vomits live chickens," but I'm betting that I don't.

Mutant-Spud1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

What this article is complaining about is that repeating the what the "bad guys"say in this game is politically incorrect. Anti Racists are more worried about controlling the words people use and the thoughts they have than actually combating any real "Racist" acts. Bioshock Infinite is more about White Supremacy, which is different to "Racism", it has different origins and is a political construct used to privilege a class of people and enable their hegemony. Also we shouldn't confuse "racism" with genuine racial hatred, calling someone a "racist" tells us nothing about them, it's just an insult or a slur,example saying "Bob is a racist" is not the same as "Bob hates black people". Using the word "racist" is like the old "So senator when did you stop beating your wife?" trick, it's asking someone to prove a negative.
Reporter: "So Bob, when did you stop being a racist?"
Bob: :What the!...I've never been a Racist!"
Reporter: "Oh, so you deny it then?"
Headline: "Bob denies Racist past"

KwietStorm1911d ago

Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not.

Lykon1911d ago

The start of resi evil5 was the most inflammatory racial thing I've ever seen in a video game. Me and my friends were squealing with laughter watching it between our fingers with our hands over our faces. I don't think a video game can make you racist though. I'm annoyed with our ancestors though . They used to treat black people really bad even though they were really nice in those days. Now a lot of black people act bad but we have to treat them nice and ignore it just because our ancestors were bad.

Linsolv1911d ago

Don't be an idiot.

They weren't 'really nice in those days,' any more than they 'act bad but [you] have to ignore it.' They were people, then. People who betrayed each other, murdered each other, slept around, and did everything Europeans did.

And now, they (as well as white people, as well as Arabic people, as well as any ethnic group you care to name) continue to betray, murder, adulterate, and sin in many other ways.

There are good people, sure. They're good because they resist the temptation to do bad things. But there are no 'nice' races. There never have been, and there never will be.

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WarThunder1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

Us? So i see this article only for Muricans
Actually it's giving "us" a history on how racist Murica was and is Not all, but most of them (Brown muricans included)

Anyway this game is not for me and not for others that are not "us" i guess.

KangarooSam1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

Well you're missing out 'cause this game kicks ass. Yeah I'm white, but I'm pretty sure most people are thankful for a game with balls. I can't speak for African Americans, Irish, Chinese, and whoever else this game may offend but I feel like if they're gamers they're probably thankful to see a game that portrays the struggle for independence. Or at least one that isn't Assassin's Creed 3 haha.

Edit: Alright, now you're just being racist. The entirety of America is not racist. Yeah, the majority are assholes but that is a HUGE difference. You can't accuse a whole nation of racism.

Also, I'm half American and I live here so yes I can say those things.

I forgot "brown muricans" was politically correct. Ya racist.

WarThunder1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

"now you're just being racist" Sorry but Murica is not a race nor a religion.

Yes because their skin is brown and i like brown!

What about Murican games that insults other race, nations and religion outside USA (example: making games that portrayed Muslims as criminals) or games that portray Asian Race as criminals and bad guys, while white muricans are good. Isn't that racism?

Yes your right majority of Muricans are assholes Brits too.

@admiralvic, What about Muricans learn to make games (especially war games) where thay attack other nations, Race and religion and portray them as Criminals. Thats is pure racism.

If someone makes a game where u play as an Afgan or Iraqi defending his country from barbaric USA invasion... How do u feel? and i know the game will be banned in the US.

This is fact.

admiralvic1911d ago

Why in the world would anyone be thankful for a game that is racist? Even conceptually that concept seems *** backwards... I mean for what reason should racism exist in the game? Simply because it's set in the early 1900's, though I personally think you throw out your right to call history accuracy when you start adding in floating cities and the like. Like a LOT of these things in games, they're okay to a degree, but the second some idiot like this guy brings the topic up for discussion, it becomes a problem.

What ever happened to just enjoying games, having a good time and getting lost in the experience? I keep getting the impression that people want to call out any problem under the sun and then make an issue out of it. It is getting old and really does nothing besides make it harder to actually develop a game. God knows being politically correct, preventing anything sexist or racist and avoiding tropes will result in better games, ya know?

KangarooSam1911d ago

@WarThunder: No game portrays an entire race as criminals. Maybe Al Qaeda but I can't recall a game that was racist against Muslims.

Bioshock: Infinite is racist in a sense, yes. It shows Irish people getting drunk which I feel most would say is a humorous stereotype, even the Irish. However, it does not show black people picking cotton or getting whipped. It has signs saying "whites only" or "colored and Irish washroom". No one says the N word (at least I don't think I've heard it so far). It doesn't show anyone in chains, etc. It does NOT persecute a race. It portrays the opinions of white supremacists so as to paint Comstock in an evil light. That is ALL there is to it so calm down. As your mom probably tells you, IT'S A GAME.

KwietStorm1911d ago

Do you have a mental hangup? Can you spell American just once?

Kran1911d ago

"BioShock Infinite Is Making Us Racist"

Actually it's giving us a history on how racist the world was.

Mutant-Spud1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

Define "Racist" and define "was"...see what I mean?
The word "Racist" was coined by Leon Trotsky in his history of the Russian revolution. The word is a slur meant to demonise people who would not accept Soviet domination, such as the Ukranians, Chechens,Kyrgyz and other ethnic groups. We all know what happened to these "Racists" don't we,if you don't then google "Holodomor".
When someone calls you a racist today it means the same thing, people who won't submit to the official belief system, which in most countries is Cosmopolitanism or Multiculturalism. This is why everyone from White people, to Muslims and Israelis are subjected to the taunt "Racist", what the accuser is saying is "Go along with what we say or else!"

pete0071911d ago

i ve been victim of racism .........from women!

Kran1911d ago

I believe that's called Sexism my dear friend :)

pete0071911d ago

Back on topic, i dont think a game itself would have the strenghts To do so,
Otherwise battlefields and CODs would turn us into what?

imsocool12341911d ago

Tumble weed rolls by.....You mean sexiest, you moron!

DwightOwen1911d ago

Maybe Josh should avoid all forms of entertainment until he is mature and responsible enough not to have his behavior so easily influenced.

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