Friday, September 28, 2007
If the trailer for Resident Evil 5 released at E3 this year caused consternation among gamers, it was largely due to the frustrating absence of any footage from the game itself. Indeed, for the vast majority its new, apparently African setting seemed to be a refreshing and evocative change in location for the franchise, and easily the most interesting thing about an uninteresting promo. A few days after the shows conclusion however, the game’s developers were greeted with accusations of casual racism.
In an article for the blog Black Looks, Kym Platt claimed that, intentionally or otherwise, the imagery in the game’s trailer was highly contentious. “The new Resident Evil videogame depicts a white man, in what appears to be Africa, killing black people. The black people are zombies and the white mans job is to destroy them and save humanity,” Platt observed. “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 videogame is marketed to young adults. Start them young…fearing, hating and destroying black people.”
GamePolitics reported on the complaint and was immediately inundated with angry complaints, many of which were laced with the sort of racism their authors insisted was not present in the Resident Evil trailer. “Never have I been so harassed and insulted, and all because I questioned the imagery in this game,” Platt replied. “The response has been horrifying… They called me names like ‘nigger’, ‘bitch’ and ‘whore’.”
While this kind of ignorance doesn’t categorise gamers in general, any regular visitor to the medium’s more popular forums will no doubt have witnessed it before. Another blog, the Young Black Professional’s Guide saw the reaction as no great surprise. “Trying to talk about the sensitivities of race to a gaming demographic is extremely difficult,” it explained. “The majority of readers are young white males who are either too immature to have a clean conversation about it, or too illogical to draw comparisons. I understand the angle some of the mature gamers are taking .Resident Evil has always been about a white guy killing zombies, why should killing zombies in Africa be any different?” it continues. “On the other hand, the images used in the game- already disturbing because its Resident Evil- also reflect hateful images that were real and meant to evoke hate towards black people in the not too distant history of America .”
This seems to be the relevant point, and one that angry gamers are apparently missing. The imagery may not be not be intentionally offensive towards black people, but it is inherently offensive and that should be avoided with just as much diligence . Perhaps if it were a game asking you to guide a plane into a pair of large symmetrical buildings in New York City there would be a greater attempt at understanding. Perhaps if it were a man in military dress gunning down while , shaven-headed emaciated zombies in a Poish field those offended would be shown more compassion.
If Kym Platt’s cautionary words appeared to be reactionary at first, the the response they received was far more so. As the blog Microscopiq commented: “If LocoRoco’s Mojas were a kind of high-tech blackface, Resident Evil 5 takes blackface into the high definition era. Its horror alright, just not the kind of horror Capcom intended.”
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Such a fabulously original concept, the game revolves around the concept of a comic artist getting sucked into his own comic book, then having to battle his gruesome artistic creations in a lovely sidescrolling platformer/beat 'em up... The game is a glorious visual feast, looking for all the world like a living comic, with our hero moving from frame to frame, both left to right and up and down, ripping the 'page' where necessary to progress... The colours are lurid and the musical score and soundbites of dialogue compliment the game nicely. Its clear that this game must have pushed the capabilities of the Megadrive to its limits. The game is clearly a labour of love, and stands out as unique in it's genre... Check out it's Wikipedia entry here...
The nextgame I've downloaded is Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Originally out on the N64, this is one of the most 'modern' games available on the VC. I can't tell you too much about it, as I've only played what amounts to the game's tutorial. But my first impression is that it is a good looking game, with a rather complex control system! If the VC can support 64 bit titles, then hopefully it will soon be supporting 32 bit Saturn titles too... But for now, at least the Wii is a working console in my home again, and as a bonus, my Retro repertoire is expanding. For more Zelda goodness look here...
But hey, if you want a definitive guide to the Retro potential of the Wii, may I point you in the direction of my brother, Gnome and this rather stunning post...
For a damning review of Streets Of Rage 3 on the VC, head over to J's place here...
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Here is a rather lovely video first posted at the Hunyak by the 'American Dreamcaster' Caleb.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Whats it like to live in the Bronx? Compton? Beijing?
What's it like to live on the frontline of modern urban living?
It's shit! I don't live in any of those inner city hell holes, but I do live in A inner city hell hole!
Yep! Today I got home to find my 'castle' violated. The entire backyard was destroyed by thieves that had robbed my next door neighbour... 8ft. of my back yard wall had been destroyed by scummy crackers robbing scrap metal for a quick few quid... I hope they get slow and painful testicular cancer.
Rejoice in where you live! Its not here, and that should be cause for celebration!
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
"First of all may I apologise for my recent posting/gaming lethargy... for the first time in a long time, real life just got in the way! I've not been playing anything recently, except checking out the odd new Saturn purchases (as flagged up on the Saturn Junkyard) or the odd game of Mario Kart with my youngest son over the wireless DS connection.
I aim to rectify my tardy and slovenly stasis this week, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, take a look at the above documentary if you've got a bit of spare time on your hands. After I got my new PC last year, and was able to access video streaming through my broadband connection, it was the above film that amazed me more than anything that I had watched or read on a monitor before...
Its nothing new, but it is rediculously compelling and confirms all my suspicions about the current US administration and the lengths they will go to in order to force through the New World Order agenda... Keep the Faith FK fires faithful, my blogging powers will shortly return!