What does the Hip Hop Gamer's presence in the gaming industry say about the industries view of African Americans?
The Hip Hop Gamer is an ASS CLOWN. This guy is simply trying to make a buck off of being a STEREOTYPE!! He may as well put on a butler's suit and step n fetch it with a smile. He lacks intelligence and video game knowledge and can never speak using correct sentence structure or English "No whu I'm sayen Son". No one in the gaming Industry respects this clown. Sure they will go on his show and promote their wares but the whole time they have a look on their faces like "What a Fool". Black White Asian Hispanic Arab European people that embrace the Hip Hop culture don't speak or act dumb like this. If they do then they listen to RAP. So this Ass Clown should be the Rap Gamer. So NO this Ass Clown doesn't represent my race, this Ass Clown only represents himself. My race is your race and your race is mine because last time I checked Only the Human Race lived on Earth. So when the Aliens drop out of warp do you think they will say only kill Asians or Blacks or whites or Italians. No they will kill the Human Race. Now being of a different heritage (Black white Asian Hispanic etc) is cool cause you have different traditions, rituals, and culture BUT we all belong to 1 race, the Human Race.
Bubbles to you my good sir. Edit: For intelligence, of course.
The Hip-Hop Gamer wouldn't be any less stupid if he were white, green or purple. Race has nothing to do with why folks dislike him, folks dislike him because he's a clown who talks out of his ass and makes up most of the crap on his little video show. He either makes broad sweeping generalizations that are right one way or the other and then brags about how "he knew what he was talking about" or he throws some random rumor up on the wall in the hopes that it'll stick. If what he said turns out to be even remotely close to the truth (oh I'm sorry, the TROOF), "he brought it to us first". If what he said turns out to be complete BS, he never speaks of it again. This has NOTHING to do with race.
Don't give this guy anymore ideas... Next HipHopGamer show we are going to end up seeing him with his bandanna and a box of KFC why recording... Bet he will be playing 2D media on his 3D HDTV also raving about how the 3D experience is everything.
whats wrong with rap?
*sigh* It's funny how this "article" wishes to assert that HHG is the industry's view of African Americans because of his actions (which are his own responsibility... and makes him an individual), yet others are free to act as childish and moronic as possible with no repercussions because "it's different because they're having fun". This is just a flame article not worth the racism, time, nor the hit this site would get from me.
Lol @ people who can't understand what HHG says. You need more black friends buddy. I like the HHG show. I find it entertaining. If what this article says is true then HHG is fake but I don't care. He's not your ordinary game jouralist and that's a good thing.
The HipHopGamer is a perfect example to children of what NOT to be when you grow up. Instead, go for an education.
People love to play the race card when they have no valid arguments. HHG is just a moron. who cares what color he is. and to the guy talkin about "not understanding him"...stfu. and grow up. this guy can use all the slang he wants, but when he chooses to be a journalist, how about classing it up a bit? or at least use propper grammar? how can you take a grown man seriously when he talks and acts like a 12 year old that listens to too much pop?
First of all stop using the term African American like yesterday. I am black but I have never lived in Africa and I don't know any black people in a city that's 30% black that has ever been there. We are Americans with dark skin. Now on to Hiphopgamer, you have to realize that he is more than just a black journalist, he is an entertainer/rapper so everything about him is Hip Hop. He is not trying to be a stereotype of a black person he is just being himself and trying to have fun. I been watching his show since the beginning and It is pretty obvious that he is truly passionate about gaming. To the writer of this article I disagree with your opinion of what his presence in the industry says about black people. I say he does not speak for the rest of us and you are just a jealous hater and trying make him look bad for your benefit. You need to get a life man. If you have a problem with him address it with him and stop making yourself look like a bit$h by writing articles like this. If anything Errol James you are the embarrassment to black people by hating on another man just trying to do what he do. All i have to say is STFU and step your game up. You wasted all that time to write that article when you could of been writing something meaningful.
I prefer the term black. I bet any amount of money he was born in the United States.
The title should be 'Stereotyping the Gaming Journalist'... I think HHG is fanatical or eccentric just as much as the next person but writing articles like this is just as pointless as HHG's contribution to the industry...
I don't like terms like black, white, yellow, red.. They are supposedly descriptive terms, but they aren't really accurate. Black people aren't really black, white people aren't white, Asians aren't yellow, Native Americans are not red. Not only that, but there is also a lot of variability of skin tone within the supposed "races". Some Asians individuals are "whiter" than some Caucasians, some Native Americans are darker than some African Americans. The other terms that exist out there have there own problems, but most of them are still better than generic labels based purely on the supposed shade of skin.
Fair enough, but do you really think it's being equal to call any other race an American, but exclude blacks by calling them African Americans? Almost as if they're not qualified to be an American? Adding to that, I think it's ridiculous that you can read a history textbook and it'll just say "...white and African Americans...". It's bloody retarded.
It's a good thing HHG does what he feels , instead of what people want him or expect him too IMO. You should choose your battles more wisely Errol you lost before you realized what the game was. I mean you created your own issue, and expected HHG to battle you ....over trivial ish like that? I got to say I don't want to see gaming bloggers and journalists battling over bruised ego ....and crossing epeens...it's pose to be about the games right?
I look at this idiot they call the "hip hop gamer" and then i look at the young generation around me... I love hip hop music more than anybody, but the garbage that is accepted by todays standards is a shame. These kids are very impresionable and they listen to this shit, and they watch the music videos... Instead of doing what they should be doing and keeping their priorities straight, it seems they are brainwashed into believing partying, getting fucked up, degrading women, and swag is whats life is about. Say what you will but HHG is an embarassment to his culture... Both the african american culture, and the hip hop culture. I cringe when i hear him open his mouth and i cant help but feel a certain way when i hear him spout his bullshit. Ignorance and stupidity are two very different things, you could be intelligent and speak properly but still be an ignorant person and vice versa. Just because you may feel that he does not represent YOU or your view of your own race does not mean that everybody see's it that way. I live in NYC and i have the displeasure of having to interact with dozens of people everyday who perpetuate these stereotypes, and its pathetic. People in this genration are infatuated and influenced by "Reality" TV and anything and everything "celebrity". Sadly, people look up to these idiots. Now look at the majority of these entertainers. The rappers, the reality tv morons... how many of them are really respectable intelligent people?? How many of them are actually worthy of being considered a role model? I fear for the future of our country...
So someone who grew up in the streets but is doing something legit is an embarrassment to his culture. Robbing, stealing, killing would be an embarrassment to his culture. He is doing something positive. The gaming industry knows him and shows him love. I only see people on here hating.
Thats bullshit, I grew up in East New York, Brooklyn... You dont get much worse than that as far as neighborhoods go. You could say that i'm a product of my environment. I realized at a young age that i needed to get out, so i educated myself and i did. Point blank. HHG is NOT a journalist. That would require some sort of formal education, or AT LEAST being able to write/speak a complete sentence in the english language. I get it, he's an entertainer... But as one of the few black voices in the gaming community he does'nt represent us well, does he? When he interviews these guys i can se it on their face... It's the same look i have when i hear him open his trap...
You and HHG were friendly at first, you pissed HHG off, he ignores you, you want to get his attention by having a rap battle. ...... . . . . . . Can I have my time back please? thanks.
One person does NOT represent a race. Plus HHG is probably part of "a group" which is not divided by color among those in it. Only outside of it.
Again, One person does not represent a race. RIP. MLK. But... mine and his views are much much different, which is fine by me. But, he would not agree w/ what I`m into.
I'm a druken Irish farmer who eats nothing but potatoes and chases leprechauns for their gold. Really, i'm a college student who dislikes potatoes but is drinking right now for the simple fact that it's saturday and what do you expect from a student.. Hurray for stereotypes!
" I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. " Martin Luther King, Jr.
African American is not a race. Neither is Irish American, Mexican American, Chinese American, or any other hyphenated label people with an identity crisis have slapped on themselves. Your citizenship, real or of a longed for heritage, is not your race. As long as you allow or even insist on having your race defined by said citizenship you will never realize who or what you are. It may affect us, but it should not limit us. As soon as you label a race you are defining them in general. And the impulse to constantly and consistently draw a line in the sand derived from race and citizenship is just that...a demarcation, a divider. Race and racism will always be an issue when we continually divide ourselves.
I gave you an Agree and a plus Bub. Well said. Unfortunately we live in a society where public perception can be shaped by generalizations, fears, focus interests groups (there is wide spectrum) and entertainment. What you said is spot on,. but it does not change the fact that all of us play a part in either the validation of stereotypical behavior or the renewal of thought and perception towards each other. You just put a point in the latter category.
the best way to get rid of racism, is to forget about it.
I totally agree with you, morganfell. Race shouldn't even be an issue. First of all, scientifically "race" is a very nebulous concept. All races share all the same traits, only to varying degrees, but there is often far more difference between one individual and another within a race than there is between races as a whole. And there are no clear borders between the so called races. Anyway, I don't care at all about race. All I look at are the qualities the person has as an individual.
Morgan I agree, People are People, Earth is Earth. This is NOT our planet and we are the Human Race.
Technically, Human Species, but I see what youre getting at.
People are too quick to judge a person, well most people anyway. I know there were people I disliked but once I got to know them they were pretty cool.
HHG presents himself as a stereotype - thats the problem.
Just because HHG is black, doesn't mean he speaks for all black gamers. He just happens to be the most well known. There are plenty of other black gaming journalists, and they all have their own opinions and views on video games.
You missed the point of the article.
Hip Hop Who?
A lunatic from a nearby insane asylum.
Hiphop gamer, Pachter. They are really one of the same while at the same time being completely different. Their differences are obvious, but what make them the same is they are both misfits from the point of view of most gamers. Pachter is a financial analyst who decided to start predicting what is to come next in gaming. HHG is a gamer who is deep into the rap (Hiphop) culture and decided to get into game journalism with out any formal training and just using a camera on the internet. Neither has been embraced by most gamers, but are very well known, none the less. In short HHG uses Hiphop and the street creed as his theme there by stereotyping himself, but they are many other Black Journalists some of whom are very professional and write for well established game mags and sites. I do give much respect to HHG though going against the grain and being a successful pioneer.
Whoever posted this should get beat up.
i challenge the writer of the article to a fight, 3 rounds of 3 minutes mma rules, am putting £500GBP on the table. i am in New york on the 22 dec 2010.
A truly poignant comment. Bubbles.
this guy wants to rap battle HHG for $500. Fuck, I'd watch the HHG show for that.
ayo brah dis artice on dis website iz mad racist yo on sum real shit dey betta chill wit dat before i get homiez 2 shut dey site down u heard
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like have said before am black and i feel embarrassed when his opens his mouth
Why should you be embarrassed by Hip Hop gamer? We (persons of African descent) are not one monolithic group. We do not all think alike. The only person that HHG represents is himself. He does not represent African Americans as a whole. Rather, he purports to be a representative of Hip Hop culture, which is hardly restricted to African Americans. IMO, you should not be embarrassed by the actions of other people, given that you have no control over them. Tru
Yeah, you really shouldn't feel embarrassed. I know we all sometimes fall into that sort of thinking, but the truth is we are all individuals. Only your own behavior should embarrass you. For example, I am of mixed decent and I am not going to feel guilty for all the bad things any of the people of similar heritage as me ever did. Am I going to feel guilty for what some native americans did a long time ago, or what some caucasian people did a long time ago? No, because I wasn't there and I am not responsible for what other people do just because they happen to have a similar genetic or cultural heritage as me. Basically I am just echoing what Tru_Ray said.
As a black man, HHG just plain pisses me off. I've lived my life as far away from the stereotypes as possible, just so that I never get confused with n****rs such as himself. Their is a difference between black people and n****rs, he singularly sets black people back about 40 years every time he speaks. I can't stand him. I'm just waiting for the day he does an entire episode, while eating watermelon and doing some ol' soft shoe.
^^ I lol'd edit: Below @Urmomlol that's the funniest thing your trolling ass has ever said on N4G rofl.
What are you talking about 40 years back then black people actually talked normal not all gangster like they do today.
You know, ignorance can come in all forms. There are people who "talk proper" and "Dress nice" but yet are very ignorant. I'm sencing Uncle Tom in you....
Uncle Tom? Why because I can't stand people who reinforce negative stereotypes? Because I said I feel like his ignorant ass sets black people back every time he speaks? You seem a little mad that I expressed my opinion. Get over it.
It is baffling to me that you would let the behavior of a marginal web personality irritate you so much. I have a news flash for you: People are ALWAYS going to have preconceived notions about EVERY culture. I too have lived the majority of my life without fully embracing many of the stereotypes associated with our culture. That is a choice that I have made for myself, but I do not believe that it is inherently more valuable than HHG's choice to utilize his Hip Hop persona to his advantage. He was smart enough to exploit the fledging video game media, which has pretty much become a caricature of itself. Quite frankly, I think that you are setting our culture back by degrading HHG by calling him a n*****r while professing that your life choices are correct.
Tru.... In your last 2 posts you have spoken more truth on this matter than I have seen in the 2 years or so that I have seen insults hurled at HHG. The REAL issue isn't that HHG "represents a sterotype" the issue is perception of said stereotypes. As you stated who are we to judge this man because of his choice to utilize his personality and charisma to get a leg up in the industry. It's not like it's a new concept. There is SO much energy placed in hating this guy...and for what? If you don't like him...don't watch. If you think that doesn't do what you WANT him to do...do it YOURSELF! One man will NOT destroy the industry or journalism. After all, as you stated, he is just a "marginal web personality" trying to parlay his charisma into a career covering games. Personally, I don't mind him...because I accept him for who and what he is...and don't begrudge him for what he isn't. +Bubs for the most intelligent and well spoken commentary on this issue yet!!!
I call them as I see them. He was "smart" enough to "exploit" the fledgling game media? Really? You think what he does takes smarts? Every, 11 year old with a webcam does what he does. He didn't exploit anything, accept maybe the minds of people who actually pay attention to him like as if he's a viable source of videogame knowledge. If what he does takes smarts my friend well then holy shit I need to start up youtube account, put on some baggy jeans and say, ya'nahmean, word, and that's whats up every three seconds. Apparently that'll mean I'm smart. I'm kind of shocked that you would even stick up for this guy.
If I were black, HHG would embarrass me as much if someone made The Mariachi Gamer and featured a Mexican American who was all like, "Hey Holmes, did you hear about SOCOM 4? Man, its so loco, aiyayayayayayayyayayayayayayay aya! Man quiero come tacos mucho, si?"
Muy bueno mi amigo. Bubbles para tu.
Hip hop game is a joke and should have the right to be called a gamer
Has about as much of a right to be called a gamer as you or me.
but he is like the filthy drug addicts in my town......they hear a rumor and believe its the divine word of god
He can be a gamer, but he should just shut his mouth. It's pretty easy to tell when HHG is lying. Whenever he opens his mouth and words come out, he's lying.
He can be called a gamer....just don't call him a journalist.