You know a story in video gaming is big when it reaches the level of the most important newspaper in the country, The New York Times. So it goes for racism in Resident Evil 5.
Now that the game is out, The New York Times' game reviewer Seth Schiesel had a chance to play the title and weighed in with a hearty: "No. This game is not racist."
Here's the Times official word:
"Resident Evil 5 exposes the perhaps uncomfortable truth that blacks and Arabs can become zombies too, just like anyone else. Blacks and Arabs do not have a secret anti-zombie gene. And just like all the thousands of white, Asian and Hispanic zombies that have been dispatched in innumerable other games before them, the African zombies must also be destroyed, or at least neutralized."
So, at least according to the "paper of record," Resident Evil 5 is not racist. But what did Schiesel (and by extension the Times itself) think of Resident Evil 5 as a game? He liked the game but felt it suffered for not choosing to be either a horror game or an action game:
It is very good but falls short of excellence because of its interminable confusion about just what sort of game it wants to be.
Now that everyone has offered his or her conclusions as to the racism of this title, let's all get back to shooting zombies, without regard to their color, creed or national origin. All undead must be destroyed. Aim for the head, okay?