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7/24/2006

Video Game Racism

Filed under: General,Humor & Satire,Pics — Dangerous Dan @ 11:23 pm

As long as I'm talking about video games…

A University of British Columbia researcher has filed a report that claims there's systemic racism in video games in that minorities are negatively portrayed. He says such portrayals are widespread and blatant. To come to this conclusion, he studied four games. Out of the roughly 22 trillion titles that exist. His previous study found that the vast majority of trees produce acorns.

Other than race, there are number of other oppressed sprites in games. Here's a sampling:

Medusa
Gorgons

Goomba
Goombas

King Hippo
Obese boxers

dead Nazi
Nazis (ok, they earned it)

Zombies
Zombies

Nazi Zombie
Nazi Zombies

Elite
Aliens

Elite Zombie
Alien Zombies

Nazi Alien Zombies: Don't exist yet, but when they do, it will be the perfect video game.

(via Joystiq)

2 Comments »

  1. Let’s not forget the plight of the koopa troopa and all other turtles that have lost their shells due to being hunted and stomped near to extinction back in the late 80’s.
    Video games don’t promote racism. They promote animal cruelty. (And Nazi cruelty, but I think we can all agree they do deserve it.)

    Comment by Burton — 7/26/2006 @ 10:40 am

  2. And the world is always comming 2 an end……So what if theirs bad guys in games, there’s bad guys in real life and we dont go around complaining that they are racist or practice racism.

    Comment by big D — 11/17/2008 @ 11:13 am

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