Don’t Be An Elf: Racism in Video Games - AlterGamer

As of recently, video games have been including in-game racism for all sorts of different fantasy races. From Elves and Dwarves to Turians and Krogans, equal rights for Middle Earth and future-space minorities probably won’t be seen too soon. Developers today are looking for every angle they can think of to have you posting and talking about that one new controversial aspect of the storyline. From mass genocide and race wars to just general prejudice, game racists are the new hook.

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Dr Face Doctor2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

The way I see it, the kind of racism you see in the Witcher 2 or the Mass Effect series really helps flesh out the respective universes and makes them more believable and interesting. The best writing touches upon and at times even parodies current or otherwise universal themes, and it's good to see game writing ascend to that level in a more mature way than I would've anticipated several years ago.

You call it a tool to spring controversy and I call it a tool to help someone like me get invested in the story. I might be misinterpreting the article though as it never really reaches a concise point.

LightofDarkness2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

That's all it is, they're just giving you a real world allegory to latch onto and help draw you into the world. I've never seen heated forum debates about equal rights for elves.

Bakkies2139d ago

According to racism: African, Asian, Caucasian... are all humans with different coloured skin. If you assign attributes to to humans purely because of the colour of their skin, then you are racist.

Being an elf, dwarf, orc, etc. are actually real races, therefore this article got confused with semantics and is pointless.

WriterX2139d ago

I shall useth the Encyclopedia Britannica: "Racism, also called racialism, any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview—the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called "races," that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some races are innately superior to others."

It is true that by this definition you could not use the term "Racism" to the practice of verbally or physically negatively affecting another Race, since it applies to humans only, but what would you use in its place? "Animal" cruelty? There is no real-life definition of acting in a cruel manner against another equally intelligent being, because aside from us humans there is no other species as equally advanced as us. At least, not that we know of.

LightofDarkness2139d ago (Edited 2139d ago )

Xenophobia? It's pretty much the definition of it. It can be used in much the same way homophobia is attributed to discrimination against homosexuals. Heck, you could say hate crimes. But that term is pretty moronic (almost all violent crime and discrimination is motivated by hate, regardless of race).

WriterX2139d ago

Well, Xenophobia has its origins in Psychology. Phobia being an "extreme, irrational fear of a specific object or situation." It might apply to certain creatures, like Spiders. The problem is that, by clinical definition, it appears after a traumatic event. It could be the case that a person in a Fantasy setting develops Xenophobia due to his or her experiences due to earlier interactions, but what of a simple dislike of other races, which is not clinical in nature?