Resident Evil 5 Race Controversy Resurfaces

June 20, 2008 -

While the issue of race in the trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil 5 has received no small share of attention in recent months, it continues to spark outrage among some members of the black community.

On Your Black Writers today, Tolu Olorunda takes exception to the RE5 trailer:

What I witnessed [in the RE5 trailer] was nerve-wrecking, painful, mind-numbing and heart-racing... It wasted no time in capitalizing upon the long history of blatant depictions of Africans as savages and helpless imbeciles. The trailer featured a Caucasian male mutilating African villages, along with Africans. With the not-so ancient history of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Africa, the issue of racial insensitivity and indifference must be brought to the centerfold...

Olorunda also raises the issue of under-representation of African-Americans in the video game industry:

The Video Game industry is one which has profited immensely from the casualty of black on black hostility. Notable products of its faculty include, “50 Cent: Bulletproof,” “Def Jam: Icon” and “Grand Theft Auto.” This $10 billion market owes the majority of its inspiration to the tragic decisions of young black and brown teenagers...

 

A 2005 survey suggests that Blacks constitute 2% of the demographic makeup of Game Developers, with Latinos making 2.5%. How ironic is it, that this reality does very little to punctuate the disproportionate consumption of video game products by Black and Brown teenagers...

 


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 Just an idiot blogger. Funny how they mentioned how many blacks working in the industry. I think there is 0% at Capcom considering it a japanese company and for that matter probably everyone the whole industry in Japan is Japanese. Who would have thought? Stupidity of people amaze me. Idiot bloggers annoy me.

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If Chris Redfield is in Africa where every person he happens to kill is gay, I'll be offended.

If he's in West Hollywood, however, and every person he kills is gay? NATURAL

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You want 'real' racism?  Look at sports today. 

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You can never please some people...

Put a black guy as a supporting character in a violent film and its, "Why can't the black man be the star of the film?  Black man always has to be the sidekick for the handsome white lead!"

So you put the black guy as the star in a violent film and its, "Why they have to make a movie with a violent black man?  Are they saying all black men are violent?  That's a negative stereotype!!"

So you stop making movies, and instead turn to advertising.  You are shooting the cover of a fashion magazine, and decide to put LeBron James on the cover.  You decide to put him with a model, who happens to be white...to show the whole happy people holding hands thing...and its "ZOMG you show an a black man with a white model, it looks like he's running off with her, capitalizing off of racial fears of black men raping white women!!!"

YOU JUST CAN'T WIN!!! 

You can only be offended if you want to be, and people like Ngai and this guy really like to be offended it seems.  You don't hear me complaining about every film that ever portrayed Italian-Americans as violent criminals...

So let them write their pathetic little 'we wus wronged' blog, and ignore them.  Pay actual attention and give respect to the people who are actually trying to be part of the solution, and working to make things better, instead of just complaining about how crappy everything is.

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I'd like to link to a YouTube video that has someone adressing the RE5 issue. Personally, I think this guy does some pretty good opinion pieces, and seems pretty reasonable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw8DkSmJDOg

Warning: Language

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while it may be correct to complain about the lack of positive black people in games, it is disingenuous to use the 50 Cent or Def Jam games as examples of the white man hating the black man. 

why?  because these are games that are conceptualized and pushed by black people.

it is, essentially, like complaining that there's no good black models on television and then using BET shows as examples of what is wrong with the portrayal of black people. 

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

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"This $10 billion market owes the majority of its inspiration to the tragic decisions of young black and brown teenagers..."

LOL

Re: Resident Evil 5 Race Controversy Resurfaces

Actually, it owes the majority of it's inspiration to WWII.  So maybe we should be sending "Thanks for the Gaming Industry" Cards to Hirohito and Hitler, post-mortem. 

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I'm gonna disect this whole thing, all while making food, so if it comes out weird, its because I'm cooking at the same time.

 

"What I witnessed [in the RE5 trailer] was nerve-wrecking, painful, mind-numbing and heart-racing... It wasted no time in capitalizing upon the long history of blatant depictions of Africans as savages and helpless imbeciles. The trailer featured a Caucasian male mutilating African villages, along with Africans. With the not-so ancient history of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Africa, the issue of racial insensitivity and indifference must be brought to the centerfold..."

'long history of blatant depictions of Africans as savafes and helpless imbeciles'. 

To be fair, they acted (and still do to today) with a degree of savagery unfound in any other part of the world.  True, in the big cities they are cultured and intelligent, but in the villages they are often very savage people.

That isn't to say that they're not still good people.  Look at the values found in African villages, values that you can't find in many of the families that descended from that part of the world today.  Honor, Loyalty, Respect. 

'The trailer featured a Caucasian male mutilating African villages, along with Africans'

Really?  Where do you see him mutilating a village or its inhabitants?  Could it be you're just trying to make things up to make a splash, eh?

Once again, the game is made by japanese people who have never had a problem with slavery or colonialism.  Maybe the Author of this article should hop off of his soap box long enough to do some fucking research,  but that would probably make it harder for him to make his oh-so politically correct and assinine statement.

 

Someone should ask the author about other industries that have made profit off the 'black on black casualty', like the movie industry, the music industry, and BET.  Honestly, this author needs to pull his head out of his ass and get a real job, not just sit around trying to find racism where there is none.  And people wonder why racism is still alive and well, it's people like the author.

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Yeah, BET is the biggest source of racist imagery ever. I remember I was watching it (God knows why), and they had an advertisement for some all-black reality show in which a person gets STABBED in the first episode. That channel does so much to the black community-err-FOR the black community.

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HunterD, until skin color becomes as much of a non-issue as eye color racism will always exist. That's why people say "It's people like that why there is racism"; those who insist on bringing  up racial differences at every opportunity are just as guilty of continuing racism as anyone else.

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I'm going to ask a question before I take your words out of context.

Do you mean people shouldn't jump to extreme conclusions. (EG: The game features a white guy killing black people, therefore it must be racist)

OR 

that people shouldn't discuss racial problems at all. (EG: No one ever mentions racism again, ever)

Because I agree with one, and not the other.

But I still disagree that even the former example is equally as guilty of fostering racism as people who are, you know, actually do want to kill off everyone who is a different skintone than them. (Wether that skintone is lighter are darker doesn't matter)

 

 

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I don't mean that no one should ever mention racism, I mean that we (society) should discuss racism with a "we are all really the same" attitude, not a divisive "us vs. them" attitude. The "us vs. them" attitude is the root of racism, and people like Tolu Olorunda who seem determined to always divide people by race and see racial tension where none exists are fostering this attitude as much if not more as anyone who, for example, makes a "casual" racist comment to a friend.

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 I get what you mean, but I think one should remember that, unfortunatly, racism isn't just limited to people who cry out racism where none exists and people who make casual comments.
There are real, vehement racists out there who really do intentionally foster racism.

So I don't agree with folks like Tolu being equally responsible to them.

Now, I'd say folks who cry racism at every opportunity ARE more responsible than, say, people like Charlie Sheen who let a slur slip out while under tremendous stress.

Probably their biggest problem is focusing on the wrong things.

If someone who is famous calls a black person the N word and then says "50 years ago we'd have had you up a tree with a pitchfork hanging out of your ass" the fact he called them the N word is NOT the racist part of the show. (That was the rest of Michael Richards rant that night, but it seldom got mentioned on the news)

I agree alot of the "anti-racist" movement needs to get it's priorities together, focus on the definite absolutely real problems. Not the minutia that is arguable.

Doing stuff like saying RE5 is racist does undermine the whole cause, because it makes it much easier for people to ignore you when you point out actual legitimate issues.

 

 

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I think we're on the same page here. I shouldn't have said people like Tolu were just as guilty, but they're still standing in the way of solutions.

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 Agreed.

It's always nice to debate a "thorny" subject like this and have it be done respectfully.

It's a shame so many people, from so many sides of so many conflicts, seem to be incapable of doing that, and just seem to subscribe to the "If I yell the loudest, I win" school of debate.

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I definitely agree. I think most of our society's problems could be solved if people would engage in respectful discussion instead of shouting matches.

Nice talking to you.

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His argument about blacks being underrepresented in the gaming industry would be compelling if his banner argument, Resident Evil 5, was actually made in the US. Being made in Japan, it is quite likely that no one not Japanese was involved with the production.

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 You know, I realize I'm in the minority here (figuratively and literally, I'm half black, half white) but here's the thing.

I'm not going to say the GAME is racist.

I highly doubt any of the people making the game even really thought of the way it'd look to a lot of people.

I doubt the majority of people who play the game will be racist.

 

But if you do not think a bunch of skinheads are anxiously awaiting the game, you are naive.

I see alot of silly ignorant comments on here.

"It's people like that why there is racism"

Honestly, if that doesn't sound naive and ignorant to you, you need to get out more.

When my parents were dating, they got death threats.

Death threats that only intensified when they married, and when I was born.

They informed the law, who basically told them that they (the law) didn't care if they got killed.

To this very day, I have family I am not allowed in the house of, simply because I am half-black.

And I won't even get into he stories my father has, considering he was born in the 1930s in Mississippi.

I am not about to deny that there are black people who overstate claims of racism. I've seen people complain about a black comic book character getting 'whitewashed' because they straightened their hair.

And in my day to day life, I've had to deal with far more black people who hate me for being half white than I have white people who hate me for being half black.

But to claim "It's some black peoples fault that racism exists"?

I don't think RE5 is racist, nor was it intended to be. 

But I do think some of the reactions in this thread are racist, wether they were intended to be or not.

 

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I agree, but I have a question for you all.  I am a black guy as you can tell through my name.  I am called white all the time because Rock, Metal, and Jazz are my favorite types of music, I am called white because I don't wear my pants down to my knees, I am called white because I love video games.  I am called white because I actually want to do something with my life, I am called white because I think gangbanging is stupid, I am called white because I speak proper english. 

Isn't that racism?  But black people ignore things like this and focus on trival things like black people in video games.  Black people want attention, they want the spotlight.  This blogger just got exactly what he wanted. 

Attention.

 

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I have to both disagree and agree with the claim that "Its some black peoples' fault that racism exists." No, its not their fault that it exists, its been around ever since one human was able to look at another and go "He looks different than me... He must be lower than me." However, I DO believe that a select few, who want to cry wolf wherever they can, help perpetuate certain negative feelings and thoughts.

Like you, HunterD, i'm a hybrid, only I'm half Caucasian and half Hispanic... living on the border of Arizona and Mexico. And yes, while I will say that there is plenty of racism given by "the majority" here (Arizona's version of Godwin's law: Switch Hitler/the Nazi's with "Dirty Mexicans".),  there are certainly groups of people from the "minority" who don't help things. Its one thing to want to point something out as a cause for concern, but when something is specifically being used to garner attention and discourse -- and say what you like about the Asian developers, but they KNEW what a powder keg this would be in America, land of civil lawsuits, then you're just making a whining noise instead of using it to its full advantage.

I'm also an anthropologist major, and I specifically went to my urban anthropologist and cultural anthropologist professors with the first trailer, and they both ended up using it in certain classes, along with some earlier writings of Tolu, to show the students about the differences in viewpoints on just one item of media. The clip is attention grabbing, incredibly so in its imagery. The most interesting part of our discourse in my class, however, was how many of the class found it to not be racist, including one Sudanese boy who recently came to the USA.

The thing he mentioned (and the one I'm curious about)? If there will be any firestorm over 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand. For those of you who don't know, that's the one where 50 Cent is going to Iraq and ends up fighting terrorists for ..concert..money?...yeah.

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 Oh I agree the reactionary folks who scream racism when it doesn't exist are not helping.

I just disagree with the concept that they are as much to blame as people who really are racist and want to kill off anyone who isn't their group.

I can't help but wonder how much the developers really knew if it'd be a powderkeg. 

I've never been to Japan (want to, but haven't yet) but from most I've heard one Gaijin is pretty much  the same as another to them, and they're often shocked at racism from non-japanese to other non-japanese.

I think the 50 cent game, if it's at all like the last one, will be so mocked and ridiculed and bad, that it will be taken as parody. (hell, they may even present it as parody)

Protesting a 50 cent game is like protesting the tabletop RPG "FATAL".

(don't bother looking it up if you don't know it, just suffice it to say it's a game that would be incredibly offensive if it were not so damn far on the stupid scale that you don't even get angry at it, you just facepalm and feel your faith in humanity dwindle)

 

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I agree with you, Hunter, don't get me wrong. There's a difference in listening to some of the Mexican activists decrying racism during a drug bust and the KKK take over the "Minuteman Project" to encourage people to take up arms and shoot any brown-skinned people anywhere near the border, same as there's a difference between listening to activists claim racism in killing zombies and the same aforementioned white supremacists calling for lynchings.

The developers themselves might not have been aware of just how huge this is... but keep in mind, to port it over to other countries, they do have to have consultants from those other countries. Advertisements for one game go through extreme changes between countries; The marketing group for the US knew exactly what they were doing.

Which brings me to why I mentioned the 50 cent game; yes, its going to be a horrible game. But if you go off of what Tolu was trying to point out, which is the imagery and the supposed attitude being pushed from the trailer for the race factor, what about the idea of an African-American man killing Arabs a/o Muslims? It probably won't gather the same controversy as the RE5 ad, even though right now you can point to places like Somalia and Sudan where those two groups (ok, so not African-AMERICANS, but indigenous African ethnic groups) are shedding blood right now.

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@HunterD

Well spoken.

I doubt there are any games on the market that are intended to be racist,and race is the last thing I think about when I'm playing games.

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Funny how people automatically scream racism if a game has a white guy killing any other ethnicity. People screamed racism about Crysis because you were killing Asian guys, but seemed to forget that you were fighting the North Korean Army and that it would be very unlikely to find a beret wearing Frenchman, or a sausage guzzling German amongst their ranks. Or how they are crying foul that Farcry 2 and Resident Evil 5 takes place in Africa. Well, it's the last continent left for video games!!! We've have games in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Antarctica... not Australia, but that's because no one cares about them. J/K.
 
Africa is the last place left for a decent M rated game, but since you're fighting locals, instead of Alan Quartermain look-alikes then it automatically makes the game racist. It is ok, it seems, to have Arabs be Terrorists, Englishmen be Megalomaniacs, Asians all be Samurai, Americans to be gangland hitmen, Germans be Nazi's, and Russians to be Soviet conscripts but not ok to have a zombie outbreak in Africa.
 
I guess the falls into the "Everyone else is a racist except me and my fellow ethnic group" catagory.

 

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another good quote from a forum on this:

 

Wasn't it Dr. King who famously said he had a dream that his "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"? Funny that gamers are the only ones who don't see the inherent racism the  journalist so desperately wants to inject here.

 

 

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I can understand some of the confusion with these videos.  After viewing it without sound and pretending that I do not know the subject matter (zombies) it looks pretty strange.  The zombies do not look or act the way people are used to; that is they are fast, well cordinated, seem to be working in groups and show no obvious signs of rotting or mutation.  Unless I knew that this was a zombie infected village I could easily think that this is a strange man who has some how gotten an entire village homicidally pissed off at him.

However I am familiar with the Resident Evil series, I know why the main character needs to look as he does (most of the main characters have been related to eachother either by blood or a common history).  The zombies of this game are a little more "human" looking than usual but that may be one of those things that changes as the game progresses.

It is a shame but articles like this are why game designers usually shy away from minority characters.  It's more trouble than it is worth.

I guess Iraq is fixed...

Huh, I guess everything's fine in the Middle East. The election must be over too. I mean, if they werent, they wouldn't possibly have the time to whine about something as trivial as a video game having Africans in Africa, right?

 

Right?

 

Oh.

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I find it funny that I don't see a whole lot of vietnamese bring about this much attention to any games invovling the Vietnam conflict or Japanese/Germans on video games about WWII.

For some reason, it only blown out of preportion when it involves "black or brown" individuals.

This is insane.  Why is portraying factual information in games made out to be such a problem? 

Maybe we should burn every history book on the planet that mentions violent behavior anywhere in the world. 

I am sick and tired of people like Tolu Olorunda who bring up facts about his own race, be it from the past or the present, and make it out to be a racial attack against "black or brown" individuals.

If the fact that hostility is a problem with "black or brown" individuals, maybe he should turn his focus away from making such ludicrous claims against video games and go stop his peers in Africa and all over the world from being so hostile to everyone. 

The only person here that is being racially intollerable is Tolu Olorunda as he is not tollerating the history of his peers as well as their actions in our present day society. 

Also, how dare he make any statement involving profiting on "black on black hostility."  Does that mean 50 Cent made no money on the game and had no involvement whatsoever at any point during the making of the game?

Why isn't Tolu Olorunda pounding on 50 Cent's door saying he should be ashamed for profiting on "black on black hostility"?

Now, let's focus on some real racial issues.  Why is it acceptable to have "black or brown" individuals, like 50 Cent, use racial slurs like "cracker" when refering to white individuals completely uncensored yet it's not acceptable for a white person to "return the favor"?

Why is it acceptable for one race to use racial slurs but it's not acceptable another race to do the same?

I find it funny that people like Tolu Olorunda is up in arms when a white individual does something "racial questionable" against "black or brown" individuals but has better things to do when "black or brown" individuals blatently disrespects another race, including their own, publicly be it in person or broadcasted nationally either on TV or the radio.

Why is the magnitude of the "racialy questionable" content of a game in development much larger than the use of racial slurs in music and television?

Seriously, people need to really think twice when prioritizing what racially degrading topics should be address in today's society and think about racial equaility rather than equailty for one's own race.

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Damnit anonymous, you just don't get it do you?! African Americans have a history and...persecution...and...slavery and stuff...and...they were slaves...YOU ARE IGNORANT!

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I could bring up the points that it was the Spanish that started the whole west African Slave Trade, and that the West African's had their own inter-tribal slaves that they'd buy and sell.

But I won't.

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You could also bring up the fact that many African natives sold fellow Africans into slavery. Oh, and you do realize I was being humorous, right? I'm sure you did, I just wanted to make sure...

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large. For information on games and psychology, look up:

Jonathan Freedman (2002)

Block and Crain (2007)

Grand Theft Childhood, a book by Harvard Medical School researchers Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

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AS was I, some rather dry sarcasm... perhaps too dry.

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The reason that racism against white people isn't brought up because they are invariably termed racists or whiners. The phenomena you are observing is what conservatives call "the culture of victimization".

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They're portrayed as savage and stupid because they are ZOMBIES!!!! Not because they're black! God DAMN! Zombies are supposed to be stupid and bloodthirsty! Unfortunately only a "black or brown" person could argue with him, otherwise he'd probably cry racist.

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large. For information on games and psychology, look up:

Jonathan Freedman (2002)

Block and Crain (2007)

Grand Theft Childhood, a book by Harvard Medical School researchers Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

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Black Agenda Report: The journal of African American political thought and action.

Hmm... let's do a little switcheroo...

White Agenda Report: The journal of White Americal political thought and action.

 

 

I sure hope the fool that wrote the article doesn't believe he's not racist. He can preach all the "love" he wants, all I hear is, "Don't hate, perpetuate."

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 That makes me want to do a screen grab of that site, change all instances of Black to White and wait for the rioters to burn my house down for being a white supremacist.

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Who cares what race the zombies are?

They're dead.

Jesus Christ, people...

Tolu is a nutter

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Whoah.

Seriously, Black Agenda Report? Wtf?

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I'm surprised there wasn't controversy like this when GTA 4 came out (well, specifically about race, I know there's been plenty of other controversy) Say what race is Niko, anyway?

At least these stories have slowed to a trickle, as far as I've noticed.

 

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Niko's white. He's Serbian (as evidenced by the line in the opening credits "better than my Serbian" by Roman).

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Ah ok.... I have played a little GTA4 but never actually got into it (my brother's tv was kinda hard to see so I couldn't really figure out where I was going)

I'm surprised that wasn't more of an issue what with everything going on in the mid-east... I guess I should be thankful. :P

 

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Serbia isn't in the Middle-East, it's in Europe.  They were involved in a war in the 90's that coined the term "ethnic cleansing."

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N'gai brought up interesting points and generated good conversation.  This guy's just ignorant.  No better than those calling out Mass Effect for it's realistic interactive rape.

If you can't be bothered to know anything about videogames, keep your mouth shut.

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Yeah give it a couple weeks time, no one will remember this guy's name... like that one lady what's her name... oh well.

 

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It was something like...  ehm... started with a....   letter.....  of the alphabet.  I'll get it!

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I think it's more racist to give special treatment to one race.  I wish people would stop trying to put black people on a high pedestal.

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This quote belongs on the back of the RE5 box:

"What I witnessed [in Resident Evil 5] was nerve-wrecking, painful, mind-numbing and heart-racing..." - Tolu Olorunda

An endorsement if I ever heard one.  Sounds like a great survival-horror game to me!

"The Video Game industry is one which has profited immensely from the casualty of black on black hostility. Notable products of its faculty include,

“50 Cent: Bulletproof,” Talk to Curtis Jackson a.k.a. 50 Cent about that if you're upset.  He got paid.

“Def Jam: Icon” Talk to Russell Simmons about that if you're upset.  He got paid.

“Grand Theft Auto.”  GTA is an equal-opportunity parody.  And Samuel L. Jackson says it's OK so I'm with him.

"A 2005 survey suggests that Blacks constitute 2% of the demographic makeup of Game Developers, with Latinos making 2.5%. How ironic is it, that this reality does very little to punctuate the disproportionate consumption of video game products by Black and Brown teenagers..."

Please!  Game developers are 50% asian!  He wants to push out one minority in favor of his own.  Stop this man from trying to ruin my fun.  Nothing gets me more upset than self-righteous a-holes imposing their views upon my entertainment (*cough* Jack Thompson).  Has anyone else noticed the blatant racism against white males in television and in advertisements?  According to prime-time television white males are all morons.  I'm sick of being openly mocked.  That's why I play games now.

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I've said it before, I'll say it again: Different countries have different racial histories. To expect Japan to act as if they had the same racial history as America is in itself racist. "Oh, everyone should feel sorry for something some racist white people have done!"

 
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Papa MidnightThe Verge says the sequel to Flappy Bird is nearly impossible. http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/21/6053297/swing-copters-flappy-bird-sequel08/21/2014 - 12:22pm
SleakerPC-Gamer wrote an article on what's going on with the Minecraft stuff: http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/08/21/minecraft-bukkit-team-lead-tries-to-end-development-but-mojang-steps-in/08/21/2014 - 11:55am
SleakerEVE had a high-profile ban today: http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/08/20/eve-online-lottery-site-somer-blink-shutting-down/#continued08/21/2014 - 10:26am
SleakerBut where have all the Ethics gone?08/21/2014 - 9:08am
Sleaker@EZK - one of the bigger things is that since Mojang has owned Bukkit for 2 years now, people contributing to the project have basically been doing work for them pro-bono. On top of never formalizing support. They hid the fact probably to prevent support08/21/2014 - 9:07am
SleakerIf you've played on a server with mods/plugins, you've almost for sure played on a Bukkit-based server.08/21/2014 - 8:56am
SleakerHere's Bukkit's explanation attempt at shutting down due to EULA changes: http://forums.bukkit.org/threads/bukkit-its-time-to-say.305106/08/21/2014 - 8:55am
SleakerEZK - it's the largest server mod for MC, in actuality without it minecraft for sure would not have been as popular (#1 game now).08/21/2014 - 8:54am
SleakerTo the point that it seems they have completely lost what it means to be for-community, and having transparency. Along with dumping restrictive EULA's onto people.08/21/2014 - 8:53am
E. Zachary KnightWhat is Bukkit and why should I care?08/21/2014 - 8:53am
SleakerMinecraft community exploded again today. Apparently Mojang owns all of Bukkit, and never put out a statement saying as such 2 years ago when they acquired them. I have to say, their transition from indie has been rough.08/21/2014 - 8:52am
james_fudgeThere aren't many left in America08/21/2014 - 1:50am
MechaTama31I sure have. Dorky's barcade in Tacoma, WA.08/20/2014 - 5:56pm
Matthew WilsonI have not been to a arcade in years. I know arcades are still big in japan.08/20/2014 - 5:38pm
Sleaker@AE - Ah no it's called GroundKontrol - I was just referring to it as a Bar-Arcade.08/20/2014 - 4:39pm
Andrew EisenStill looking for confirmation that High Moon Studios (dev behind the PS3/360 versions) isn't working on it.08/20/2014 - 4:38pm
ZenGotcha.08/20/2014 - 4:37pm
Andrew EisenI already updated the story with it!08/20/2014 - 4:36pm
Zenhttp://www.gonintendo.com/s/235574-treyarch-isn-t-working-call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-for-wii-u-either08/20/2014 - 4:36pm
ZenLet me send the link for the Tweet as well...they state Treyarch is not working on it. Grabbing it now.08/20/2014 - 4:34pm
 

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