Criticism about the content included in games is nothing new, as developer Rockstar discovered about Manhunt 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. However, the gaming industry may be facing its first public outcry over a game being racist even before it has been given a release date.
The blog Black Looks, which comprises of primarily African American women, blasts the 2008 game Resident Evil 5 by commenting:
"The new Resident Evil video game depicts a white man in what appears to be Africa killing Black people. The Black people are supposed to be zombies and the white man’s job is to destroy them and save humanity…
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 video game is marketed to children and young adults. Start them young… fearing, hating, and destroying Black people."
Capcom has not issued a statement yet about the blog post. However, the reprecussions of the blog are sure to send shockwaves through the gaming community as game developers employ more and more mature content in their games.