When it was first shown, Capcom’s Resident Evil 5 was accused of racism. Featuring a white-as-snow lead character gunning down lots of obviously black zombies, the R word hit the roof, sending Capcom scuttling and even claiming that the game is not set in Africa, but Haiti (how that makes a difference escapes me, but this seemed to content most of the complainers).
Now the tiny ember on the fuse is being fanned again, this time by Newsweek’s game journo N’Gai Croal, who told MTV Multiplayer:
“Wow, clearly no one black worked on this game. It’s like when you engage that kind of imagery you have to be careful with it. It would be like saying you were going to do some sort of zombie movie that appeared to be set in Europe in the 1940s with skinny, emaciated, Hasidic-looking people.”
He was talking about the E3 trailer that stirred all the drama in the first place. But if you scroll down below, you can watch a lengthy interview with RE5’s producer Jun Tekeuchi, who creates quite a different picture. I can think of several reasons why N’Gai’s comments aren’t really correct, but the video does a much better job. Even though it doesn’t counter any of the ‘racism’ allegations, it gives a good idea of what RE5 is about and why it will be awesome. It’s a must-watch for fans.
So, in the mean time, I offer this counter to N’Gai’s comment: considering that the RE5 dev team is largely Japanese, I suspect very few if any white people worked on it either. The team certainly doesn’t consist out of white-supremist klan members with Swastikas branded on their thighs. Besides, isn’t it nice that Africa is finally being used as a staging area for games?
Last Updated: April 14, 2008