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Published on February 7th, 2009 | by Brian Browne

Resident Evil 5: Is it Racist?

Kids put away your video games, I guess nothing can be fun anymore without offending anyone. If you haven’t heard the upcoming CAPCOM release, Resident Evil 5 has been labeled as a racist game. Why you ask? because it has black zombies!! yes you heard me (by the way, zombies ARE NOT real).  The latest installment in the series takes place in Africa, and as with every other game in the series, has plenty of zombies. One of the accusations is that the game has you as the main character, a white male named Chris Redfield in a military uniform killing black zombies. The argument is that this game is teaching white people to hate black people at an early age (after all, parents have NOTHING to do with that) . An article by Eurogamer, has recently jumped on the racism bandwagon by suggesting that even though one of the other characters in the game is black, she is fair skinned and essentially doesn’t count.

Sheva neatly fits the approved Hollywood model of the light-skinned black heroine, and talks more like Lara Croft than her thickly-accented foes, merely compounds the problem rather than easing it.

While, I am not the one for the “it’s just a game” argument (you have to come with more ammo than that to a fight). I do think people are taking this way too seriously. The game has zombies and has had zombies for four other series of games. The other series contained zombies of other races and there were no complaints, now all of a sudden, it’s as if people think Don Imus is designing video games. If you want to check out the rest of the article by Eurogamer, you can read it here.

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