A couple of possible explanations behind the racial allegations leveled at Resident Evil 5. The author believes that Eurogamer isn't thinking the scenes that they saw through properly, and offers alternative ways of looking at them.
Any game where you shoot a bunch of black people is considered racist. However, shooting Spanish and White people are alright because they don't make a big deal out of slavery that took place before most of them were even born. Now, see how silly that sounds? =)
100% Yes, slavery was horrible. But if you don't expect the enemies in Africa to be black, or that some people would go to extremes (i.e. the bag scenario) in a situation like what's happening in RE 5, then you don't have much common sense.
Clearly as soon as slavery was abolished, they skies opened up, and gumdrops rained from the sky. Clearly there was no civil rights movement, no segregation, no apartheid, no gentrification, no genocide, no cultural demonization...sure, people couldn't be a little on edge because of those things...
Exactly the point of my sarcasm. All the black people who complain about racism in video games complain about slavery, which is stupid. Most of the people who complain haven't even experienced slavery, but just want something to whine and complain about.
You know when u call the game not racist u make it worse... just drop it. Games need way more diversity no downplaying that.
i know wat uncle ruckus would say about this topic lool
well not sh!t
I don't even know why I'm bothering to post this comment but NO-ONE WITH ANY SENSE IS CALLING IT RACIST BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK. Seriously, people seem to ignore that completely. Some things appear to hark back to very old stereotypes of sexual violence and primitivism. I haven't heard anyone really say 'it's racist because you're shooting black people' because that would make no sense. If they were mindless zombies no-one would have a problem with this, the fact that they are 'sub-human' in a sense is the problem.
'It is a sad, but known fact that many of the people in South Africa are at war.' Being a South African who lives in South Africa I can assure you how fallacious this statement is... it also makes me question how much of real Africa the Western world knows, beyond the simple media representation. Yes, there is disease, a lot of ppl have little access to the comforts of the modern world, and conflict is strife (mainly central Africa) but that does not mean that Africans are barbaric, or savages as Joseph Conrad put it in Heart of Darkness. The eurogamer was not incorrect in his statements... we've passed this old stereotypical of Africans in Africa. Regardless I think this guy makes some noteworthy comments in his blog but the situation can be seen from two sides because it is a controversial topic. I just hope that Capcom use this opportunity to express some debatable messages and thematic elements, but nonetheless I found the RESI5 demo an absolutely blast and can't wait for it to be fully released.
I'm going to submit an Article on the issue(Hopefully sometime tomorrow),it's about time people understood exactly what makes Resident Evil 5 controversial and what doesn't make it controversial at all. I was reading some comments on the issue,and one person said something along the lines of,"Sheva doesn't look African at all,why did Capcom make her so light?".I was absolutely baffled at the amount of ignorance contained in those few words.
Aboslutley ridiculas!! Racist because some of the charactors you shoot are black?? It must annoy black people that the media and everybody tip toes around them and watch every word they say for risk of being racist! I'm sure they wouldn't be as pathetic to say this is a racist game!!
I wouldn't call this game racist. Even hough I didn't play the full game. But I am sure this isn't a accurate indication of live in africa. Sure enough there are lots of nice people no zombies etc in Africa. Though the problem might be that some people might think that African people act like crazy zombies trying to kill white people and that's exactly where the problem starts.
i know wat uncle rukus would say about this topic lool
remember how Michael Jackson's Thriller started with that disclaimer in red letters? lol...it was creepy...i think a disclaimer that firmly states their intentions would help and it would add to the mood of the game...
if this is racist, then all the other resident evils are racist towards white poeople. T_T -nai-
Yes, and maybe PETA should get involved over all those poor zombie dogs and other mutated animals....all the innocent crows that I killed in 4...
I don't see how this is racist. Nor have I seen any promenint Black person come out and condemn the game as being racist. I thought video games was a safe haven from stuff like this but I guess I was wrong. But you know what would have been really racist, a game set in Africa without a single black zombie.
'But you know what would have been really racist, a game set in Africa without a single black zombie.' That made me laugh. Props for the most intelligent and wittiest post in this thread.
And I can say that this is not racist, the look of the game (houses and people) are very well done and pretty close to reality. If the racism is due to killing Africans i can understand peoples view but this is the FIFTH game and the 4 games be four were America or Europe and it just happens it Africa now. I'm Russian/Italian and I thought the 4th game was kwl lol Dose that mean a film like "Shindlers List" is racist because Jews are been killed, no because its just portraying history. (I'm also Jewish) I just think ppl have become way too touchy and PC chill its a game.
People sure do love to piss away life complaining about things that aren't even real...
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