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Racially Motivated - Race and Racism in Videogames

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'."

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SlappingOysters3279d ago

I just can't seem to see the racism though. Maybe you just have to be thinking racist before you can read into it enough

Capt CHAOS3279d ago

Leave chess alone folks.. Or draughts..

pixelsword3279d ago (Edited 3279d ago )

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"The other is a group that vehemently denies that race is ever worth discussing in a video game, 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'."

We're 'taking games too seriously' when the discussion of various subjects like race comes up is directly why most art critics say games will never be an art form.

Pshann13279d ago

I am a black man and I honestly can say I don't think games are trying to be racist. On the other hand it is annoying to see that just about every black character in a game has to say "Wat up dog" or "Watz da deal yo". A little variety would be welcome because i know for a fact all black people don't speak like that. Sometimes I do wonder why there isn't more black lead character/heroes that don't fall under those stereotypes I would like to play as one.

Amnesiac3279d ago

"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'."

What about the group who couldn't care less about the color of someone's skin, or for that matter, racism at all?

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