This is problematic on so many levels, including the depiction of Black people as inhuman savages, the killing of Black people by a white man in military clothing, and the fact that this video game is marketed to children and young adults. Start them young... fearing, hating, and destroying Black people.
While the criticism is fair, I believe it to be an inaccurate presumption by someone who doesn't seem to understand that M-rated videogames are not marketed toward children, and that the storylines in videogames often have a depth to them that cannot be shown in a 2 minute trailer.
I could break it all down for you, but Mike Fahey over at Kotaku.com
says it best:
On the other hand, zombie stories originated in the Afro-Caribbean Vodoun belief system, so for a series that relies on zombies as its main antagonists, exploring the voodoo origins of zombie mythology seems only natural, and in order to do that you are going to end up exploring villages that just don't happen to have many Caucasians in them.
If the game does anything it bolsters the hatred of black zombies already present in the well-established hatred of zombies in general. It teaches us that no matter what color they are on the outside, flesh-hungry reanimated dead people are really fundamentally the same, and should probably be avoided at all costs. When the zombie apocalypse comes, I'd like to think that mankind will band together regardless of race or nationality in the name of preserving the future of humanity and the safety of our precious brainmeats.
My only question is whether Capcom is intentionally walking the racism line. The company's history would not suggest such a thing, but they could be taking a cue from the successes of Rockstar's controversial 'Grand Theft Auto' titles, which have often been accused of having racist elements. I truly hope this is not the case, and I, again, do not believe it to be.
For Fahey's entire editorial, go here:
Black Looks on RE5 racism
To view the trailer that's causing the stir, look below the fold
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