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Square Enix reponds to Deus Ex racism accusations

Square-Enix has offered a response to allegations that one of its NPCs represents an African-American racial stereotype.

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Racism headlines

  • Capcom US admits lessons learned from RE5 racism claims

    Remember when everyone went mental over Resident Evil 5 featuring a buff white man murdering black men in grass skirts? Capcom does too.

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  • New York Times: Resident Evil 5 isn't racist

    Hopefully this’ll be the last word on the subject. The New York Times is the latest in a string of publications to say that Resident Evil 5 isn’t racist. Please let this be the end of it. Let’s get this out of the way: Resident Evil 5 is not a racist game. For at least […]

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  • Capcom tells UK Resident Evil 5 reviewers to blank island section [Update]

    VG247 has it on good authority that some British Resident Evil 5 reviewers have been specifically told to avoid writing about, taking video of, or image-grabbing the island section from the game’s third chapter. We’ve been told that players encounter spear-wielding Africans in the specified section. The instructions were given in the form of a […]

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  • Anthropologist says Resident Evil 5 racism claims are "silly"

    There’s an interesting interview with a leading expert on racism, Glenn Bowman, posted on Videogamer, discussing whether or not Resident Evil 5 is a racist game. The senior lecturer at the department of anthropology at the University of Kent said he thought it was “silly to call it racist.” “It is about using Africa as […]

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  • RE5 producer: "There are black members in the development team"

    Speaking to MTV, Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi has yet again answered questions on the subject of racial stereotyping in the game, and has said that members of the development team are black. Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal had previously opined, “Clearly no one black worked on this game,” again in an MTV interview. “We were […]

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  • More Resident Evil 5 racism allegations surface

    It’s not going away. Speaking on the Young Black Writers blog, author Tolu Olorunda has raised similar concerns over Resident Evil 5′s imagery that troubled Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal after seeing footage of the game. “What I witnessed [in the trailer] was nerve-wrecking, painful, mind-numbing and heart-racing,” said Olorunda. “It wasted no time in capitalizing upon […]

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  • Racism and homophobia in online play is affecting sales, says ex-Microsoft man

    Former Microsoft game user research head Bill Fulton – who previously worked on games like Shadrowrun for the company – reckons the general behaviour of many gamers online is “drastically reducing our sales”. “Of all the ways I spend my free time, playing games online is the only one I would describe as ‘frequently barbaric’,” […]

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