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N'Gai Croal comments on RE5 trailer, but all we see is another Capcom hit

During a recent interview with MTV Multiplayer (concerning the depiction of blacks in games), N'Gai Croal of Newsweek gave an enlightening talk about the controversy behind the Resident Evil 5 trailer, and how Capcom could have done things to avoid the unnecessary fuss.

According to Croal, it was just a few moments in, when he realized that there were some things about the trailer that had the potential to inflame members of the black community, however unintentional it might have been. While the majority of us were fawning over the detailed images and dynamic lighting -- not to mention getting all antsy about the debut of a new Resident Evil game on next-generation hardware since RE4 righted the series again -- others were seeing something starkly different. To them the trailer contained just over three minutes of classic racist imagery that many Caucasians (including myself) never even noticed:

More on this, after the jump:

"There was stuff like even before the point in the trailer where the crowd turned into zombies. There sort of being, in sort of post-modern parlance, they're sort of "othered." They're hidden in shadows, you can barely see their eyes, and the perspective of the trailer is not even someone who's coming to help the people. It's like they're all dangerous; they all need to be killed. It's not even like one cute African - or Haitian or Caribbean - child could be saved. They're all dangerous men, women and children. They all have to be killed."

Croal then goes on to touch upon Resident Evil 4, and that even though the zombies (yes, I know they were supposedly not zombies in that game) were obviously non-white, a fair comparison cannot be made, considering the historical American race relations of the past...

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UGA_13394d ago

What does a game about killing zombies have anything to do with race?

Bathyj3394d ago

Its seems if you're an angry, oversensitive black person, with a chip on his/her shoulder, then everything is about race.

Thankfully thats just a minority group with in a minority group. Most black gamers wouldn't have a problem with this I would think.

socomnick3394d ago

People need to stop getting so offended on stupid things. Regardless of race zombies must die.

hOoDnErD3394d ago

I'm Black and I'm so not offended by anything that happen in the trailer or that will happen in the game. That is so far from racist!!

-EvoAnubis-3394d ago

I'm black too, and I feel that if you look hard enough, you can find racism anywhere if it meets your private agenda.

People seriously need to let things like this go. Hell, if there were no black people in the game at all, someone could call racism. You just can't win . . . there's just no pleasing some people.

Xlll3394d ago

do they even stop and think about where this game takes place?

KidMakeshift3394d ago (Edited 3394d ago )

F the race card

I like how it's usually those who're pointing fingers and calling something racist are actually the one's who are being racist and closed minded

I love how discriminate and segregated this world still is

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