Resident Evil 5 is a game set in Africa. It would follow, then, that many of the characters are African. This same logic would apply to a game set on Kashyyyk, home of Wookiees. One would expect to see many of Chewie's kin.
Yet because of Resident Evil 5's setting, we've been hearing a multitude of voices claiming that the game is racist. Most recently, via the Wall Street Journal.
The controversy stems from the fact that you play as white man, Chris Redfield, who is sent to several villages in Africa to investigate an odd virus that is affecting said villagers and turning them into zombies. ZOMBIES!?! Yes, zombies. And what do you do with zombies? Well, you certainly don't have tea with them due to their tendency to eat brains. More specifically, your brains. So, you kill them. You kill them any way you can. Be it with guns, knives, machetes, a Bic pen...anything. They're zombies after all and it's you or them.Continue reading "The Phony "Resident Evil 5" Race Debate"
On Wednesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will review a 2007 ruling of a San Jose federal judge finding that the 2005 Anti-Violent-Videogame law, written by state Sen. Leland Yee (D - San Francisco), is unconstitutional.
There is little doubt that the Court of Appeals will uphold the ruling, as the law as it is written violates the first ammendment.
Which leads me to think that the timing of this is awfully convenient, what with an election a mere 10 days away. Yee and his fellow state Sens. can claim that they're fighting for families when all they're really doing is pretending to be concerned.
As Ali so eloquently has written:
The problem is, when the politicians write such laws and they make such noise, they are undermining the work of the ESRB, leaving parents confused. If the politicians are serious about this issue, they need to back up the ESRB and their rating system instead of fighting them at every turn. And, until the politicians do back up the ESRB, I can only assume they are looking our for themselves, and not our kids.