Racial stereotypes in gaming has been a big issue in 2008 and this Gameplayer article tackles the issue head-on, talking to developers, publishers, prominent journalists and more to get the inside word on this big issue.
"Race isn't an easy thing to talk about. It takes lots and lots of conscious effort to learn how to talk about race in ways that make sense," says Miller. "As it stands, the gaming community tends to be divided into two groups when it comes to the debate. One group – the minority, by far – consists of individuals who acknowledge the significance that race has elsewhere in their lives – pop culture, politics, etc – and sees no reason not to extend that same consideration to the videogames they've loved and grown up with. The other is a group that vehemently denies that race is ever worth discussing in a videogame, because 'racism is over', we're 'taking games too seriously', and we're 'too sensitive'. I wouldn't call that a 'debate'; I'd call that 'denial'."