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December 11, 2012


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RACISM & SEXISM in OUR Videogames?????

Check it... *I'm white by the way*
Nintendo. ALL WHITE. Hero always male.
Squaresoft. Mostly white. Hero mostly always male. (10-2 and 13 and 13-2 break the mold on this one.)
Most RPG's, white.

Why can't we have different color skinned heroes who aren't overly stereotypical?

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Nintendo created, if im not mistaken, The first Videogame Heroine, but I see where you're coming from!
Ms. Pac Man was the first.
<captain OBVIOUS=""> Because the demographic consists mostly of white men who like to project themselves onto blank characters. Not to mention the North American continent is generally saturated in the idea of Eurocentricism, and most people don't notice because it's the norm. Also, people don't take too kindly to stuff that's too different. </captain>
I'd also like to state that most of the charecters i've played as WEREN'T blank but well defined in terms of how they think. Most RPG characters.
SerendipityDreamer Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can understand where your argument is coming from. However, there are plenty of games with strong leads characters aren't white/male/etc.:
Lee Everett: The Walking Dead
Page: Fable III (while not a lead character, her personality was strong and she was a major female role in the series)
Faith: Mirror's Edge
The Elder Scrolls lets you create your own character. That's super not rascist/sexist.

One game, though, I have a problem with, is CoD.
Every guy is basically white, and women are not represented in the military. Even in the Black Ops 2 trailer, the narrator says "only men can finish the job" It's not that hard to say mankind...

There are a lot of points that can be argued for your argument. It's not just "Yes, games are racist" or "No, they're not"
I think i now realize what I'm truly angry at.

Most women's role have them either be super fighting machines, spies or just accessories to be f'ed and left.

There are no women games where the female protagonist uses her words to convince the enemies to disarm and try to give peace a chance.

Don't even think about using that game "Super Princess Peach" because she used her emotions. that was just wrong on so many emotions, implying that women can just switch emotions on and off instantly.
SerendipityDreamer Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll use an example from before: Mirror's Edge

There's not going to be many games that say "Okay guys let's drop our guns and play tag." The major reason being that a game like that isn't really marketable. Games like Halo, Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, and Mass Effect are marketed for their action.

Faith, from Mirror's Edge, was a runner (kind of like the bike people from Premium Rush) in a city with tight government control. She's willing to risk her life to prove her sister's innocence (a sister who is a police officer in this tight government) for a murder she didn't commit. For me, Faith is one of the strongest female characters I've ever seen in a game.
Go make a game about heroic black woman then. :shrug: oh wait, that requires one to give a fuq :P
ShadowyEclipse Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lee Everett.

"Urban" protagonist. Breaks the mold, one of the best characters I have ever witnessed.

The walking dead.

Your claim is now moot.
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