The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a rant about the alleged racism in Resident Evil 5. Whether you agree or not, it's telling that a mainstream site like The Atlantic (home of the excellent Andrew Sullivan!) is picking up on this story more than a month before that game is even out. I expect the issue to get worse as the game's release date nears. Coates rant is a bit confusing in that he raves about the racism in the game, but doesn't explain why he finds it racist, himself.
I really don't know what the hell he's talking about. My perspective is different since I write about games and most of my friends are gamers. But I don't know anyone that uses "it's only a game" as an excuse or tells "them" that they can't critique games.
The real issue I have with this article is that the author proclaims that the game is racist, but doesn't explain why. Similar to my post last week, it contains a large chunk of text from the Eurogamer article. When I used the quote, my purpose was to get your opinions on the matter. I did not claim that the game was racist or not.
Coates' unexplained rant is very dangerous. People that don't play games are going to read his opinion and assume the game is racist, although he does not state why. Certainly he's entitled to his opinion, but I believe for a hot-button issue like this, an explanation is required and different perspectives need to be explored (ergo my post). Coates claims to be a gamer himself, but he's doing his hobby a disservice with his story.