Way back in August 2007 Resident Evil 5 was hit by claims of racism and at that time I was solidly on Capcom’s side and just thought that people were finding problems where none exist.
However it seems that Capcom may have inadvertently, we hope, gotten this one very wrong indeed. According to a Eurogamer hands on the racist imagery in Resident Evil 5 goes above and beyond the whole â€œWhite man killing a black manâ€ debate.
When you start the game you come across a gang of black men beating something in a bag who turn and stare at you menacinglyâ€¦ Ah but they are zombies you cryâ€¦ well the problem is they are not, they are simply just normal people beating something up for no apparent reason.
And it just gets worse, according to Eurogamer
â€œLater on, there’s a cut-scene of a white blonde woman being dragged off, screaming, by black men. When you attempt to rescue her, she’s been turned and must be killed. If this has any relevance to the story it’s not apparent in the first three chapters, and it plays so blatantly into the old clichÃ©s of the dangerous “dark continent” and the primitive lust of its inhabitants that you’d swear the game was written in the 1920s.â€
And if that wasn’t enough there are apparently even more outrageous images to be found later in the game but Capcom have asked that these not be released yetâ€¦
I have a feeling we are going to be hearing a lot more about this and if the Eurogamer statements are correct then it does deserve to be heatedly debated.
Last Updated: February 6, 2009