Newsweek's N'Gai Croal: RE5 Trailer Imagery Is Racist

April 12, 2008 -
Earlier this week GamePolitics covered the opening installments of MTV Multiplayer's multipart feature on Black Professionals in Games.

And while Newsweek's popular video game writer N'Gai Croal was the focus of the series' opening article, MTV Multiplayer decided to devote a second installment to his perspective on whether or not there is racist imagery in the controversial trailer for Capcom's upcoming Resident Evil 5.

GamePolitics readers will likely recall last year's flap over the trailer which shows RE5's white protagonist mowing down scores of zombies, all black. The game is set in Haiti.

Croal was very clear in his view that the RE5 trailer contains racist imagery:
I was like, “Wow, clearly no one black worked on this game.” ...The point isn’t that you can’t have black zombies. There was a lot of imagery in that trailer that dovetailed with classic racist imagery. What was not funny, but sort of interesting [about the controversy], was that there were so many gamers who could not at all see it. Like literally couldn’t see it...

It’s not as simple as saying, “Oh, they shot Spanish zombies in ‘Resident Evil 4,’ and now ‘black zombies and that’s why people are getting upset.” The imagery is not the same. It doesn’t carry the same history, it doesn’t carry the same weight...

It’s very difficult in this country... to have a conversation about race. Everyone brings to it their own history, their own perspective... The music that they’re using in the trailer is very reminiscent of the music used in Black Hawk Down which was set in Africa — Somalia. That actually was one of the things that was most disturbing because it sort of had a feeling as like, “Wow, what research did this team do? Did they only watch Black Hawk Down and give it this kind of vibe?”



Victor Godinez, who covers video games for the Dallas Morning News offers his reaction to Croal's comments.
I am more than a little sympathetic to [some specific] objections [to Croal's view]. On the other hand, anyone who watches that [RE5] preview and doesn't feel at least a little uncomfortable probably isn't paying attention.

As Mr. Croal acknowledges, all we've seen of this game so far is the preview... And it could well be that Americans are so unconsciously drilled on what is and is not acceptable in discussions of race that discomfort over the trailer is simply subconscious political correctness kicking in.

In the Arizona Daily Star, Phil Villarreal writes:
Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal – by far the deepest thinker and best writer in the field of video game journalism – sure seems to think [that RE5 is racist]. Judging from the trailer, he points out callous racial insensitivity that has apparently gone into, if not the game itself, at least its previews.

I think Croal has some valid points, but I’d say he’s being a little hypersensitive here. This is an industry that evolves around Mario, one of the most blatant ethnic caricatures imaginable. For whatever confluence of reasons, political correctness hasn’t been able to penetrate the video game realm as much as it has other media, and whatever racism you find is largely due to innocent ignorance rather than any calculated agenda.

UPDATE: An e-mail from a reader pointed out that while N'Gai Croal was speaking of racism in the RE5 trailer, this article might be read as Croal's condemnation of racism in the finished game itself. That would be difficult, since RE5 isn't scheduled for release until May of of 2009, according to GameStop.

Thus, I've edited this article to make it clear that N'Gai's comments were about the trailer specifically. Personally, I believe that the trailer represents the game, or, more specifically, a segment of the game that the publisher, Capcom, felt good enough about to release at E3 2007 as the official representation of RE5.

Moreover, if the trailer imagery contains elements of racism, it would have to be chopped from the final game entirely to avoid placing those elements into RE5. This could happen if Capcom is thinking about potential negative reactions to the game in the U.S. market. N'Gai comments on this aspect:
I don’t know how Capcom feels about it. I think releasing that game is going to be very difficult. I think there are people and organizations who aren’t very understanding of games that if that imagery is brought to them they’re going to be like, “Wait, hold up. I don’t know how you could put that out.” Then you have to say, “Does Wal-Mart want to deal with that? Does Target want to deal with that?”

I’m not saying that censorship is the answer. I’m saying that the same rights that allow Capcom to put the game out are the same rights that allow people to bring pressure on people who might release that game. This is why it is important to whoever works in the American office of a company like Capcom to be able to show this is the history, this is where this comes from, this is where we need to be more sensitive. I’m not sure they’ve done that yet.

Comments

With 99.3% (apprx) of all people in Japan being either ethnic Japanese (98.5%), Chinese(.4%), or Korean (.5%); I guess the author is correct. There was probably not one black person working on this game, seeing as that the "other" is made up of only .7%. [Source: CIA Worldbook]

Based on the "story-line" of Resident Evil, I would think that if these Japanese guys who made this game hate anyone, it's the white man. Sure, they have a bunch of white heroes, but the whole source of the virus and this entire problem is a result of the actions of the Umbrella Corporation, based in the United States and run by a bunch of white people. Because of their actions, a whole lot of people got this crazy virus that turns people into zombies and for 9 years Resident Evil has been all about killing the white man.

...Now the virus has spread to Africa and it's all Umbrella's fault. These Africans are not the bad guys in this story. They are the victim of the white man.

@Dick Ward

Your lack of trust for Fox News and how they don't know anything is my point.

I don't trust the racist card because it's used so often when it does not apply. That lack of trust has caused me to generally hate anyone who uses it.

I know I know, there are situations where it applies. But they are few and far between. This is NOT one of them.

Dick Ward Says:
"There are no black people in Japan? That’s like saying, of course there aren’t any asian people working on Mass Effect, Bioware is a CANADIAN company."
There's a big difference between Japan and Canadian in terms of their population. Japan isn't very welcoming to foreigners, and since the game was developed in Japan (the international offices mainly do logicalization), it's a safe assumption that no black people were on the creative staff.

Dick Ward Says: "N’Gai doesn’t appear to be calling out the black zombie shooting as the problem though. He appears to be calling out the setting, the music, and the behavior of the black non zombies."
Exactly, a lot of people are under the impression it's only the existance of black zombies that make the game racist (which others prior have argued that is does, so I understand the confusion). It's hard to weight elements like setting only from a trailer, like you said, I would want to play the game first.

I did not see robert lings post, Nevermind

I think Croal's comments are more insightful and less incendiary than the comments on the Black Looks blog last year. Some of the commenters here have a good point in that he should be more specific; the ones just going "lalala it's not racist", on the other hand, tend to validate his point that there are people who don't even understand why the imagery is disturbing to some people.

And I'm about sick of seeing white guys tell black guys whether or not something is racist. I have a feeling the vast majority of people on this comments thread who are dismissing Croal's opinions have never been victims of racism in their lives. I agree that he should be more specific, but give him a chance to be; he may have something worthwhile to say.

@Meggie and all others saying it's not the black zombies making it racist, but the.. huts.. or whatever

What exactly does that change?

Are they saying because we show huts instead of high tech houses in Africa that the game is racist?

Excuse me, but isn't Africa kind of.. NOT a nice place to live? I'm sure there are areas that are more.. er.. Better places to live, I guess. Urban.

But are there NOT areas that do poorly? Becuase if not, I might be thinking about asking for a refund on donations made to help the horrible areas in Africa.

But even if Africa wasn't all huts, and was a beautiful place. How is it racist to show the area as huts? It's just level designs. How is that at all racist? I really don't understand.

I mean, If they made a game that showed Canada (where I live) as living in Igloos, I wouldn't be offended. I'd probably laugh. Okay, I guess that Africa is no laughing matter, but it kind of shows the difference between us.

I mean, I'd just know it's wrong. I don't see how that would put a negative spin on Canadians, and I don't see how this puts a negative spin on Black people or Africans.

In fact, I would say it would give the 'mainstream white' audience more empathy towards Africas situation more than anything.

But I guess the fellow who wrote the article is right.. White people like me just can't see racism.

OK, I have now watcthed the extended trailer, and the only thing I saw was a white man shooting and fending of some zombies that wanted his flesh to eat. These people are darker in their skintone than most Europeans are. The zombies skin colours could also have been the skin color of some Italians, Spanish or Greeks, I think. Now, RE5, is set in Africa and as such the people turning into zombies mainly are -ehm- Africans. And as such their skin colour is - black - or at least darker than white people's (just to use these words as sort of a shorthand for what's happening in the game).

The problem I'm having with this game is this:

Do zombies normally die? from being shot? As I remember from other games, zombies really can't die from just being shot as they ate sort of magical creatures? being made into these things by some actions a warlord has performed, but maybe the zombies in the Resident Evil games are different?

@TJLK - You sir, are made of win. You have THE definitive comment @ 1:59 pm on this non-controversy that I have read on any site anywhere. Period.

Bryan
well the devs say its Africa, he brought in Haiti and the Caribbean

examples
"perspective of the trailer is not even someone who’s coming to help the people. It’s like they’re all dangerous; they all need to be killed. It’s not even like one cute African — or Haitian or Caribbean — child could be saved. They’re all dangerous men, women and children. They all have to be killed. And given the history, given the not so distant post-colonial history, you would say to yourself, why would you"

"This is NOT a historical game. You can say that the location has history all day long, but that’s not what the game is about. It’s about zombies in a modern day African/Haitian/Whatever country, and it is as simple as that. It’s just. That. Simple."

@ Karsten

Zombies in Resident Evil are people who have been infected with the
"T-Virus" that was developed by the Umbrella Corporation.

@ Karsten

No one is complaining that the zombies are black. And yes, the Resident Evil games are kind of weird like that, but really, to kill a zombie the brain needs to be destroyed. One bullet wouldn't neccisarily do that, which is why guns make ineffective weapons. (per The Zombie Survival Guide)

@ Zippy

If I made a zombie game featuring underfed Jewish zombies in the 1940s, I'm sure people would complain a bit. That's what he means by history.

Karsten
these are man made virus based zombies, technically zombies come in 2 types the lumbering falling apart kind and the more limber but still slow freshly turned kind, either way knock out enough of its nervous system and it wont be able to move...much......

it really depends on the fiction the Zombie is in.

FYI the Dead(dawn of,land of,ect) movies no longer have zombies in them and thus SUCK.
^^

Pinworm Says:
"@Meggie and all others saying it’s not the black zombies making it racist, but the.. huts.. or whatever"
I was clarifying the author's point, not claiming he was right. Perhaps to be clearer, that sentence should have read "Exactly, a lot of people are under the impression THE AUTHOR SAID it’s only the existance of black zombies that make the game racist (which others prior have argued that is does, so I understand the confusion)." Don't be so quick to think everyone is against you, nor that legit cases of racism are simply "bitching." I understand that the race card gets overused, but trying to remedy the situation by never addressing racism again isn't the answer.

Is it really Whites being racist against blacks when the game is made by a japanese team or is it a culture semi removed from our own adhering to stereotypes and old media interpretations for their reference material. Their is probably going to be a good reason Why the game takes place in a remote village/slums/refuge camp as opposed to a city in the storyline.

Dick Ward -

People would complain but there wouldn't be anything racist about it if it was given in the context as the Resident Evil 5 trailer. There obviously is a story there and the comments by Croal reflected one of a person who didn't pay attention until halfway through the trailer. (Also one who is ignorant about what a Zombie or Resident Evil is)

@ Zippie

I agree with you completely, the newer Dead movies bite ass. Comics like The Walking Dead and books like World War Z seem to be the only refuge for the zombie lover. Is it bad that Shaun of the Dead was the best zombie movie in the last 10 years? (not that I'm knocking SotD, one of my personal favorite movies)

man i feel sorry N’Gai Croal and man do i feel ashamed to be a gamer, all the guys trying to do is point out something as obvious as daylight and now he has to face an army of middle class whiteboys who seem to think that their more oppressed than blacks during slavery just because a black person points out that somethings kinda racist

@ TJLK

I highly doubt that N'Gai is unfamiliar with Resident Evil.

@ Bryan

No, it wouldn't be whites being rascists against blacks. Who said that?

@ Dick Ward, re 2:07 PM comment - While that may be what Croal meant, it doesn't make it true, accurate or even worthy of this much discussion.

Imagine it: a RE game where you find out Umbrella was around in Germany in the late 30s, and were actually the driving force behind Hitler's rise to power. Why? Because they needed bodies on which to experiment.

"Underfed Jewish zombies" as you called them would be, AS THEY ARE IN EVERY RE GAME, the victims. As the "hero" you would still have to kill them. They want to eat you. And, getting into a little more of the esoteric philosophy of this, it's actually humane to put a zombie down. It's the right moral choice IMHO.

It is entirely possible to create a RE storyline, set in concentration camps, that is not "racist" (we're all the same race, but I defer to the common misuse of the word).

At some point people need to stop crying foul at every opportunity. Croal seems to have seized on the opportunity to be at the center of a short-lived whirlwind by being deliberately provocative when he damn well ought to know better.

Dick Ward
Mmmm I wonder how bad a a Zombie game would be if it was set in the 30s-40s had a nazi experiment went wrong and half the town tuned into zombies/creatures, you'd have a good mix of jews and Germans being undead and perhaps try to redeem through story some of the humanity of the Nazi army members who as events unfold figure out the stereotypes from down on high they have been fed where BS and chips.

Context friend its all about context, you can not judge a train of thought by looking at just one seat.

His main complaint is "what well the neighbor's think", and frankly I am tired of being censored because the neighbor's can't handle reality.

Clarification of my 2:16PM point: I meant to say that the Jewish zombies in this imaginary scenario would be, like the zombies in every RE game, the victims of Umbrella - a stand-in for man's inhumanity to man.

That point wasn't clear in my comment, sorry.

Dick Ward
Sadly fiction is beign censored and reagred for the drooling masses, its quite sad and pathetic, its no wonder why I rail agisnt over priced crappy media be it music,film or game, I refuse to put with subpar and mediocre stuff at least at ful price I do.


JimK
That I will agree with, he is for the most part whining over the visuals that he is misconstruing for sensationalism.

He has a couple valid points but the other 80% are just “what well the neighbor’s think” whineage.

destijlcat
Because some might dare to question the validity of the card burning we are somehow racist?
Every here the term pessimist or skeptic?
By nature we ask why when someone says “what well the neighbor’s think” !

I don't think RE5 is a racist game at all. The protagonist (correct me) in the game looks like a Caucasian male, but look at Cloud Strife, or any other game/movie from Japan that doesn't have the traditional anime-style eyes. They look Caucasian, but they could very well just be Asian, or both!

Just notice this though.. only American's get upset about random stuff. I've yet to see anyone from Canada, Europe, or even AFRICA for that matter throw a piss fit over a game such as RE5.

I'm from America, I'm black. I'm not at all offended by this game. I don't really care if they're black African zombies. It's just a game to me, entertainment. Jeez America, pull your mothers tit out of your mouth and grow some balls. You're acting like children!

You know racism hurts when its being shoved to your face, but in RE5's case its just the same thing that Capcom have been doing for years, making games

The zombies are black in this game so what?
I have seen black zombies that get shot in the movies yet Croal doesnt see a problem in them does he?

Point is that the game is set in a nation that is predominantly black like when RE4 was set in a nation which was predominantly white but once again the writer who i would assume has played this game has no problem in killing the white zombies in all the previous games. So a change in race is there so what? I will be considered a minority if i went the States, i suffered racism when i was in a school in Belgium yet if Capcom were to make a game based in Malaysia where you shoot zombies i would be honored that my country was in a game despite some exaggerations here and there.

Probably the basis of Croal's argument is that the Haitians will be portrayed as primitives who are violent and attack all non-infected.....you have had that in RE4 where a society of Spanish speaking villagers were portrayed as primitive savages, the point here is that the RE series is all about being hunted down by primitive savages, not because the people actually behave like that its because of the T virus...

And as far as this quote goes "Oh, they shot Spanish zombies in ‘Resident Evil 4,’ and now ‘black zombies and that’s why people are getting upset.” The imagery is not the same. It doesn’t carry the same history, it doesn’t carry the same weight…"

Why not?

You got people being infected with a virus, you got the protagonist shooting at them and just because of the tone of their skin you say thats different?

As far as im concerned its just the same fun game with loads of zombies, regardless of their race.

Bryan
Is cool justing pointing out where Haiti was brought into the discussion.

Nash
Not to mention when you have area filed with zombies the "humans" left will seek shelter and protect it harshly killing off outsiders and zombies equally.

Survival can lower ones kindness more often than not.

WTF are you talking about, seriously, i know those words but you're post make no sense, ill give you a response when you figure out how to form coherent thoughts

What was not funny, but sort of interesting [about the controversy], was that there were so many gamers who could not at all see it. Like literally couldn’t see it…


I wonder if it's ever occurred to him to realize that a very large percentage of gamers were born after the end of Segregation. Therefore they grew up without institutionalized racism. Often enough we grew up with a message that "everyone is equal" When you're not used to thinking in terms of race, it makes it difficult to think of something as racism.

Combine that with gamers having a better than average grasp on the line between works of fiction, and reality, and of course it's going to get the response it's been getting.

Dick Ward

you missed the point of my question altogether. It was to suggest that the Devs themselves are not racist, but the media that they draw inspiration from have those sort of undertones to them, not to mention that the location will most likely make sense in the Context of the Story as RE4's did.

ZippyDSMlee
location does matter, Haiti is a small island Nation with a very distinct culture and history, Africa is a Continent with many nations and hundreds of tribal cultures, having it set in africa runs a real risk of people labeling all Africans, unless they make up a location, that just happens to be in africa, like I'm pretty sure There is no midwest town of Silent Hill or Racoon City or the spanish town in RE4 that I do not recall. In any event they all made sense in the context of the story as I am sure RE5's will.

This is really ridiculous, now I understand. It's not that the game is racist, it is all about the trailer and what N'Gai sees in it; however, what he sees is dictated on what he feels. So it is obvious that not all people will see what he sees in this trailer. I don't think you can rightly say something is racist with this as your evidence. A person can make you see whatever they want you to in a trailer, and you can see whatever you want in it after the fact.

Check out this trailer for a popular movie from the past: http://youtube.com/watch?v=GOF0WoyJDQk

@destijlcat - His comment made perfect sense. Questioning why Croal played the race card is NOT inherently racist. You implied that it is. ZippyDSMlee is simply saying that being skeptical about Croal's assertions of racism is NOT racist in and of itself.

ZippyDSMlee made a thoughtful, coherent point and you decided to make it an insultfest instead of a discussion. That has been your goal all along, I know - to insult anyone who doesn't believe Croal's point 100% without question. That much is obvious from your contributions in thsi thread.

The fact is you made this a personal attack when it need not be one, and you tried to imply a level of stupidity and lack of writing skill in ZippyDSMlee that simply isn't true.

You owe him/her an apology, although I doubt you'll be a big enough person to offer it.

Wouldn't it make sense that most of the zombies would be black considering the game is set in Haiti. The majority of the population in Haiti is black. It sounds like he's more of a racist then anyone at capcom. He didn't even think that having mostly black zombies would actually be the game staying true to the culture. If the game was set in America or Canada or something that would be different, but it's not.

destijlcat
Which might be difficult since I am learning disabled and have a hell of a time piecing words together.

it might help if you said what post it is you can not comprehend, I will be happyz to rewrite it for uuuu. *lick*

lets go with the last one at April 12th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

this means the remaining survivors of an area filled with zombies shoot first and ask questions later, which can make them savage like, I understand the savagery comment was about the zombies...but they are zombies after all.... hell the Dead movies misprotrays zombies completely I don't hear much whining about that.

@destijlcat:

Blacks don't like to be called niggers and stereotyped as KFC-eating criminals, whites don't like to be called racists and stereotyped as middle-class insensitive assholes who dream only of the days when they can oppress minorities once again. Seriously, we may be much better off (on average) than other races, but that doesn't mean we like it when people call us names.

Wouldn't it be better if we all just saw people as people... and zombies as zombies?

N'Gai is the most racist asshole I've heard spew shit from his mouth since... since... I can't even think of anything. He's so set in his racist way he can't see that it's a goddamn game, made by the JAPANESE, set it HAITI... and has NOTHING to do with race.

They're FUCKING ZOMBIES! By claiming that the game is racist, he is doing nothing by confirming that he views black people as different than non-blacks. Until he can remove the RACIST goggles that he views the world through, he'll view EVERYTHING as racist... just like he does. Asshole.

From that perspective, it is a racist game. It show stereotypical African (which isn't a race, so I don't see how the word 'racist' is applicable here. The word we should all be using is Ethno-Centric.) people, and the stereotypical White American Who Shoots Everybody.
Think about it. There is a stereotype in media of white Americans who visit other ethnic regions, don't understand anything, and shoot a large number of their population.

DeusPayne/ronnoc

Ya the trick to his augment is it looks racist thus "what will the neighborer's think".

Hes padded the context of the visuals with his own line of thought to sensationalize and make money off his article.

sensationalism sales it would seem :P

@ JimK

I'm not trying to make the point that the game is rascist, and I hope that's not what's coming across. I'm just trying to keep the discussion on topic and about the article. Comments like "Wouldn’t it make sense that most of the zombies would be black considering the game is set in Haiti" make me wonder if people even read the article.

I'm not a frequent reader of N'Gai's blog, but what I have read has been well thought out and interesting, just as this is. On his recent 1up Yours appearance, this wasn't mentioned at all, so it's hardly like he's harping on this issue and only this issue. I think he's a good journalist with some questions. I'm not saying he's right, I'm just saying he raises some interesting points.

Thanks for the stimulating arguments guys, off to get me some food and entertainment!

One final thing..... FREE SPEECH. Even on the off chance the JAPANESE developers were being racist... who cares? I can say "nigger" "cracker" "chink" "spic" in books, movies, and TV, so why are the games different? We live in a tollerant society that is based on the fact that fiction DOES NOT equal reality. We have entertainment for a reason. We have the 1st amendment for a reason. If we went and complained about everything that anyone was ever offended by.... nothing would ever get done. I'm offended by the 9/11 movie, and the lies it spreads, but that doesn't stop it from being protected by the 1st amendment. I'm offended by the "BRATZ" dolls, and what they stand for, but I'd never complain about it as if they should be banned. FREEDOM. It's what the USofA stands for, and if N'Gai doesn't understand that, he can move to china, and feel free to attempt to control people's thoughts.

So after reading the article, what I take from it is that N'Gai found it racist not simply because it was a white dude shooting a black zombie, but that Capcom appeared to have done no research and based the game off of negative stereotypes, and there is a history of centuries of black slavery under white supremacist comes off as insensitive. Additionally he did not approve of the setting as it again portrayed a negative stereotype of life in Africa, or Haiti, since the location keeps changing, which I would argue is a fault of media / charity events that always show the worst slums, and talk about the lack of clean water, and proper food, the explosive spread of AIDS, corrupt governments, etc.

And then there is the fact that Capcom is a Japanese company, and God knows they don't do research on topics outside their culture. (points out common anime representatives of cowboy hat wearing/ foot ball playing Americans, Dragoons, western religion in general, etc) And don't forget what happened when Sony, another Japanese company, released the white PSP, you know those ads with a black guy in submission of a white woman, yeah...

Meant to end my post with this: That being said if a Japanese company is being openly racist on purpose, it does not excuse them, but in this case I would argue it was more ignorance. Also this is probably why we never see much black representation in gaming, it's time bomb.

@jimK

the only time i ever hear the phrase race card is when whites are looking for a way to bully blacks in arguments about racism

so jim, zippy and all you other troglodytes i recommend a little film called birth of a nation because judging by the comment ive seen here i think youll all love it

ZippyDSMlee
Yeah I know I already aknowledged that it is in africa and that it will most likely make sense in the context of the story. Are you reading all my posts or just the first sentence and then writing a Knee-jerk reaction.

I don't want to jump into the racist/not racist debate (I'll be watching from the sidelines with big bag of Cheetos, thank you!) I think I should point out that the game IS set in Africa.

Jun Takeuchi interview confirmed Africa to be the location.

http://kotaku.com/378841/resident-evil-5-interview-confirms-africa-setti...

destijlcat
wow so burring the race card yourself to defend your argument is somehow "pure" compared to asking why he is taking the video out of context, because he wishes to protect the masses from something they do not understand because all they see is a white guy shooting Africans?!?!.


GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!

Maybe if Croal was a bit more specific over what bits of imagery he specifically found offensive, I might find more energy to actually care. I'm just not seeing the racism here.

The music is racist because it sounds kind of like that used in Black Hawk Down? STFU & GBTW, noob.

@Dick Ward

Well that depends, Dicky, are those underfed Jewish zombies of the 1940s located in a concentration camp? Nazis, perhaps, testing a way to make an army of zombies. Suddenly, that isn't racist and seems historically correct. However that is set in the past. If RE5 is set in the present, what historical context are you placing on what appears to be a poor African village? I mean, they exist, so it is possible that someone could be testing zombie juice on this poor village, and it fits in with a present context, what's racist? Not them being black, you said...can't be the poor village...not the white guy shooting the black people? I just don't know.

@destijlcat:

Why is it so bad that we don't want to be guilt tripped? I mean, sure, someone of the same colour as my distant ancestors may have done bad things to their distant ancestors, but that doesn't mean I should feel guilty about it. Do they feel guilty every time someone of the same colour steals a bike? I should hope not. If we want to stop racism, we need to stop using race as a weapon or an excuse. It's impossible to achieve equality if one group is constantly trying to find fault in another group's behaviour.

Bryan
no I been writing to your current posts as far as I can tell, and its hard to knee jerk facts, plus it dose not hurt to reiterate said facts when others think this is set in Hatti when its not.
 
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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.polygon.com/2014/12/19/7421953/bullshit-cards-against-humanity-donated-250k-sunlight-foundation I have to admit I like the choice o organization. congrats to CAH.12/19/2014 - 1:51pm
E. Zachary KnightIf you are downloading a copy in order to bypass the DRM, then you are legally in the wrong. Ethically, if you bought the game, it doesn't matter where you download it in the future.12/19/2014 - 12:06pm
InfophileEZK: Certainly better that way, though not foolproof. Makes me think though: does it count as piracy if you download a game you already paid for, just not from the place you paid for it at? Ethically, I'd say no, but legally, probably yes.12/19/2014 - 11:20am
ZippyDSMleeAnd I still spent 200$ in the last month on steam/GOG stuff sales get me nearly every time ><12/19/2014 - 10:55am
ZippyDSMleeMaskedPixelante:And this is why I'm a one legged bandit.12/19/2014 - 10:51am
ZippyDSMleeE. Zachary Knight: I buy what I can as long as I can get cracks for it...then again it I could have gotton Lords of the Fallen for 30 with DLC I would have ><12/19/2014 - 10:50am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/12/19/marvel-vs-capcom-origins-leaving-online-storefronts-soon/ Speaking of "last chance to buy", Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is getting delisted from all major storefronts. Behold the wonders of the all digital future.12/19/2014 - 9:59am
MaskedPixelanteSeriously, the so-called "Last Chance" sale was up to 80% off, while this one time only return sale goes for a flat 85% off with a 90% off upgrade if you buy the whole catalogue.12/19/2014 - 9:37am
E. Zachary KnightInfophile, Tha is why I buy only DRM-free games.12/19/2014 - 9:37am
MaskedPixelanteNordic is back on GOG for one weekend only. And at 85% off no less, which is kind of a slap in the face to people who paid more during the "NORDIC IS LEAVING FOREVER BUY NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE" sale, but whatever...12/19/2014 - 9:28am
InfophileRe PHX's link: This is one of the reasons the digital revolution isn't all it's cracked up to be. There's also the flip side where Sony can block access to games you've bought if they ban your account for unrelated reasons. All power is theirs.12/19/2014 - 8:52am
MaskedPixelantehttp://uplay.ubi.com/#!/en-US/events/uplay-15-days You can win FREE GAMES FOR A YEAR! Unfortunately, they're Ubisoft games.12/18/2014 - 6:29pm
Papa MidnightAh, so it was downtime. I've been seeing post appear in my RSS feed, but I was unable to access GamePolitics today across several ISPs.12/18/2014 - 6:06pm
james_fudgeSorry for the downtime today, folks.12/18/2014 - 5:54pm
 

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