Is racism prevalent in Resident Evil 5? According to Eurogamer's Dan Whitehead, it is. In a recent preview of the game, Whitehead claimed, "Where Africans are concerned, the game seems to be suggesting, bloodthirsty savagery just comes with the territory." He went on to say:
"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 oldclichés of the dangerous 'dark continent' and the primitive lust of its inhabitants that you'd swear the game was written in the 1920s. ThatSheva neatly fits the approved Hollywood model of the light-skinned black heroine, and talks more like Lara Croft than her thickly-accented foes, merely compounds the problem rather than easing it. There are even more outrageous and outdated images to be found later in the game, stuff that I was honestly surprised to see in 2009."
Millions of people have downloaded the Resident Evil 5 demo, so I'm sure many of you have played it. Do you think the game's content is racist? I'm curious to hear your thoughts on what will likely be a hot-button issue.