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Is this racist?

posted by Doctanian on - last edited - Viewed by 980 users

Is it racist to wish that the season 2 protagonist will be another minority?

I mean, with Lee, the game broke so many unfortunate traditions in gaming. And with the Walking Dead in general. After that travesty that was T-Dog's character, I was glad to have Lee. But now that he's gone, I fear TellTale will go the typical cut and paste brown-haired white male route.

I know it shouldn't matter, but on a certain level, it does. Especially when it comes to video games and the representation of diversity. I mean, majority of video game protagonists look like this:

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We have enough Nathan Drakes. Your thoughts?

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  • In defense of Frank West on that picture.... I think Capcom's devs think all NA males look that like.

  • @8Bit_System said: A mother figure? Good Lord, please don't listen to the misleaded DreadMagus. I'd make a terrible mother, 'twas hard enough being a "father". :D



    Oh come on, you can do it. :p

    :D

  • @Eric Northman said: Travesty??? I loved T-Dog. I don't know what you mean when you call his character a travesty. T-Dog didn't get to develop as much as some on the show, but I still thought he was a great character.



    I love me some T-Dog, but that was my problem: No character development. Characters introduced in seasons 2 and 3 got more development than him, and he was on the show since season 1. When characters talked the camera went to him... looking at another character speak.

    That's why I called it a travesty, lol.

  • @DreadMagus said: In defense of Frank West on that picture.... I think Capcom's devs think all NA males look that like.



    He's covered wars, you know.

  • @plaqueconspiracy said: Don't forget that "white" and "black" isn't just skin color every time. What I think OP said is about culture too.



    @plaqueconspiracy said: Shepard is white in all the promotional materials, even as a female. Niko does have a extremely different culture, but he's still white and therefore still appeals to the most common demographic.

    Oh really? ;)

  • @Doctanian said: He's covered wars, you know.



    rofl. :D true true

  • @kongdong said: non issue for me. never even thought about it before reading this nonsense. i liked lee from the start because he seemed like a cool guy. not because hes black. i liked rick in the show also because of his character. not because hes white. i didn't like t-dog. not because he's black but because i found his character boring. i think it's not racist to make a character white or black but to think you prefer one race over another, thats the racist thought. again, before i read this it didnt even come to my mind to question the races in the game.



    Same here. Wow, some of you guys would hate the BioWare forums. All those guys talk about is minority representation.

    I do think race and ethnicity are important when creating a character and their meaning shouldn't be immediately discared. (For example, I like TT's choice of making Lee black, even if I wouldn't have hated the idea of playing as a different race.)

  • @MsLox said: Oh really? ;)



    Lol at you cherrypicking. Niko is still a white character, absorbed in American culture, so he appeals to the American white male demographic.

  • @Doctanian said: Lol at you cherrypicking. Niko is still a white character, absorbed in American culture, so he appeals to the American white male demographic.



    Absorbed in American culture? He starts the game fresh off the boat... literally.

  • @JabbaDaHuttX7 said: Absorbed in American culture? He starts the game fresh off the boat... literally.



    This. OP, what you call "cherrypicking" is actually using real facts and quotes instead of randomly spouting some 'pity me' arguments.

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