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Capcom: "Resident Evil 5 is not racist"

Capcom: "Resident Evil 5 is not racist"

Capcom has defended Resident Evil 5 against claims that the game is racist.

Resident Evil 5's producer, Jun Takeuchi, has defended the game against claims of racism in a recent interview, claiming that he was frankly very surprised by the reaction to the early footage of the game.

Takeuchi was responded specifically to comments made by Newsweek's N'Gai Croal, who had said previously that his first reaction to the trailer was that obviously no black people worked on the game.

Talking to MTV however, Takeuchi said that there are a number of black developers behind the title.

"There are black members in the development team. We do have staff working on the game, who are aware of the historical background and we are constantly checking these kinds of things with them," said Takeuchi.

"We certainly didn’t anticipate the reaction. We were quite surprised," he continued. "I think everyone understands that we never set out to with the intention to make anything that was racist - that was never our intention."

Takeuchi said that much of the misunderstanding came from the fact that journalists still don't actually know a lot about the game and the story it has to tell. He remained adamant that as more information became available to the press then the issue would resolve itself.

Resident Evil 5 is planned for a mid-March release next year on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 - will you be picking it up? Let us know in the forums.

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Arkanrais 23rd July 2008, 13:22 Quote
fighting hoards of white zombies = not racist
fighting hoards of multi raced zombies = not racist
fighting hoards of mexican, asian or european zombies = not racist
fighting black zombies = racist
what a load of complete bullsh*t.
it reminds me of this: a white man beats up a white man, its assault. a black man beats up a white man, its assault. a white man beats up a black man, its a racist hate crime.
I think the people who are calling the developers racist, are being racist them self (edit: being racist by assuming the developers are being racist, therefore assuming racism. also I count their 'there were no black developers, I bet' comment as being racist).
goddamn 'only white people can be racist' attitudes.
Narishma 23rd July 2008, 13:25 Quote
I'll pick it up when they release a PC version.
CardJoe 23rd July 2008, 13:27 Quote
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I'll pick it up when they release a PC version.

Good man, focus on the important issues! PC version is always better.
will. 23rd July 2008, 13:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
I think the people who are calling the developers racist, are being racist them self.

Very true. In developed countries the people that are always calling people racists are the true racists themselves. I'd bet half of them aren't even of a minority. Just dicks that like to complain.
Kúsař 23rd July 2008, 13:42 Quote
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I'll pick it up when they release a PC version.

Good man, focus on the important issues! PC version is always better.

PC version of RE4 suffers from terrible graphics. It might have been a damn great piece of horror game. I heard strange rumours RE4 was derived from PS2 version(why not to XBOX? Probably false rumour...)
M4RTIN 23rd July 2008, 13:58 Quote
Re4 wasnt on the xbox is probably the reason right there.. its on the gamecube first, then ps2 with an extra chapter, then wii with better graphics, the extra chapter and of course wii-mote support
CardJoe 23rd July 2008, 14:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kúsař
PC version of RE4 suffers from terrible graphics. It might have been a damn great piece of horror game. I heard strange rumours RE4 was derived from PS2 version(why not to XBOX? Probably false rumour...)

I heard post-patch it got a lot better though.
cjoyce1980 23rd July 2008, 14:03 Quote
still on topic here then......
Tyrmot 23rd July 2008, 14:03 Quote
Another case of someone with a chip on their shoulder taking a prime opportunity to push their own agenda, all too common these days I'm afraid.

Since the game was made by Capcom (Japanese) it seems fairly obvious that no (or very few) black people worked on the game. Probably about the same as the number of white people who worked on it for that matter.

It seems to me that the sooner people stop spuriously fanning the flames of this debate the sooner it will all die out and we can get on with things.
Kúsař 23rd July 2008, 14:38 Quote
Concerning that racism nonsense about RE5 - Capcom deserves public apology. The guy who said that probably doesn't know what racism is...
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Originally Posted by Kúsař
PC version of RE4 suffers from terrible graphics. It might have been a damn great piece of horror game. I heard strange rumours RE4 was derived from PS2 version(why not to XBOX? Probably false rumour...)

I heard post-patch it got a lot better though.

I'll look round for it, thanks!
frontline 23rd July 2008, 14:48 Quote
How does anyone know whether it is or is not racist until it has been released? People on here are just as guilty at jumping to conclusions as the journalist mentioned.

Not everyone has 'a chip on their shoulder' and as a person of mixed race myself, i can assure you that i didn't imagine the abuse i got as a kid in a mostly white school.

Saying that, i would hope the developers know what they are doing and that the stroryline is both interesting and offers non-stereotypical characters (but then that's probably asking a lot based on 99% of other games released).
benjamyn 23rd July 2008, 14:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Good man, focus on the important issues! PC version is always better.

RE4 PC sucked major ass. RE2/3 don't play very well with a keyboard either!
Nexxo 23rd July 2008, 15:01 Quote
I'm not sure what trailer they are referring to. The E3 2008 trailer shows nothing that could possibly be interpreted as racism. The lead guy is white (so what?) but the female lead looks decidedly Hispanic/Asian. Nice equal representation there. More likely it was Extended Trailer 4 that was referred to:

EpIWhAAiNRc

Gosh, look at all those black people. Could that be because, perchance, the setting is somewhere in North Africa?

PSX Extreme makes a similar observation:
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A blog dedicated to African-American females, Black Looks, has called the Resident Evil 5 trailer "problematic on so many levels."

"The new Resident Evil video game depicts a white man in what appears to be Africa killing Black people. The Black people are supposed to be zombies and the white man’s job is to destroy them and save humanity…

This is problematic on so many levels, including the depiction of Black people as inhuman savages, the killing of Black people by a white man in military clothing, and the fact that this video game is marketed to children and young adults. Start them young… fearing, hating, and destroying Black people."

Now, while we understand the complaint - and we hear this blog isn't the only source speaking out - there is the possibility that Capcom isn't racist, and that they simply placed the game's setting in Africa. ...in Africa, if we're not mistaken, there are African-American individuals. To jump ahead in the story, if they're all getting infected by whatever this zombie virus is, it would stand to reason there'd be a lot of black zombies. Chris Redfield being white doesn't seem relevant, as he has been white since the start of the series, and up until now, we have difficulty remembering even a single African-American undead opponent for Chris. In other words, the heroes in Resident Evil have been mowing down white zombies for over a decade.

But we do understand the complaint. It'll be interesting to see how Capcom responds to it.

More telling is how posters on Black Looks' webpage comment on this:
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And yet RE4 had no problems when the “inhuman savages” are white.
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Yes… I am more comfortable with the zombies being white. In fact, ALL zombies should be white from this day forth.
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Just thought you might want to knowm this game is made by the Japanese, not Americans.

Also, if white men, hispanics and asians can be zombies, so should black people. Why should black people be so special in that they’re the only race that cannot be zombies?

Also, I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic, but you’re coming off as being racist yourself because you think all zombies should be white.

Some of the most eloquent comments are:
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In all the other Resident Evil games, and there are more than just four others, the primary enemies have been white, as the storyline and the outbreak has always taken place in the U.S. or, as in RE 4, Spain.

Many of the enemies throughout the series weren’t even human at all, much less zombies, and in RE 4 none of them were zombies. It was more like the people being mind controlled.

The White Man is a returning character from RE, and now the game appears to be set in Africa. According to the statistics of racial make-up in the world, I’d actually say that whites have been unfairly discriminated against in the series, if anything, since so many of them have been enemies in RE. It only seems fair that Africans get treated equally, and with only one game full of primarily black enemies to six games full of primarily white, from a racial viewpoint I’d say that the Africans are getting off easy.

Now I’d expect, as this has been the case with all other RE games, that this game will be rated Mature, which means only 17+ can buy it. Currently, our retailers have something like an 86% denial for underage buyers, which is far better than the movie industry does at keeping age restricted content away from young people.

Also, since the game is rated M, I find it highly unlikely that Capcom will market it to people under that age, i.e. there won’t be commercials or trailers on kids channels such as Cartoon Network and Nickleodeon, or in kid movies such as Cars and Ratatouille. So beyond that, I don’t see how they could move further from marketing to kids without stopping their marketing.

Hell, adult women are bigger players and purchasers of games that minor males, and the average age of gamers in general is around 33 years old, so specifically advertising towards children would be a waste of money.

And about trying to seed racism in the minds of our youth, the last time I checked Resident Evil was made by Capcom, a Japanese company. And I’ve never heard of the Japanese committing cultural war against Africans or the African culture.

So before you jump to conclusions based off of a short and extremely pre-release trailer, can you please do some actual research and think beyond the surface about what it is that you’re attacking?
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Resident Evil 1-3, set in Racoon City, Midwest US with all the zombies of white American decent, oh perfectly fine.

Resident Evil 4, taking out of the US setting and going to Europe, into a Spanish village (or at least Spanish speaking), and killing of the infested locals? Well, they are European.

Set it in a African village where the local people are black, and it is racist. Alternatives… alternatives. I got a few.

We can still set it in Africa, and change all the African people to white. I am sure that is a real great way of making them happy.

Well we could stop trying to set games in Africa. Pretend Africa and villages and cities where black people are the majority do not exist. Yea, that is perfect, lets pretend these people do not exist whenever we make violent video games. Can’t discriminate if your never represented in games.

Or we could make the main character Japanese, or Hispanic, or black, would that be better somehow, if the main character was not white? Because only if the protagonist is white can it be racist, and any other race would only have the village and its inhabitance in context, where a white protagonist has to be racist?

And of course, this game marketed to children, despite the rest of the Resident Evil games being rated M, for Mature, to be the parents decision of 17- if it is suitable.

Nobody complained about Black Hawk Down did they. I swear if Resident Evil 5 gets banned over this rubbish.
Drexial 23rd July 2008, 15:14 Quote
first to quote from the PSX quote above

"the game's setting in Africa. ...in Africa, if we're not mistaken, there are African-American individuals." Africa is made up of African-Americans?

If stated correctly, I completely agree with the comment. Its in Africa... I'm fairly certain if the zombie apocalypse happened they wouldn't be left out.
pimlicosound 23rd July 2008, 15:48 Quote
I always find it amusing when people seem to think there's something American about black people in Africa. Like when Bill Clinton referred to Nelson Mandela as an "African American". In what way, precisely, is he American?

I also found it very amusing that commentary on Black Looks, posted by Nexxo above, constantly offered black people a capital letter (as in "Black"), where as white people were denied this favour. *Cough* racism *cough*

I can only laugh at the lunacy of various "victim" groups, claiming grievances against the (white, western, democratic, middle-class, educated, heterosexual) world. The only other option is to go quite mad.
Tulatin 23rd July 2008, 16:05 Quote
I think Yahzee over at Zero Punctuation hit the nail on the head regarding commentary on this issue - he'll call racism when every black zombie comes shambling at you, munching down on fried chicken, toting some watermelon, and grape drink.
Thacrudd 23rd July 2008, 16:57 Quote
How can you even argue with that level of ignorance? Once again a prime example of people fearing/hating what they don't understand.
Nexxo 23rd July 2008, 17:25 Quote
1ad7 23rd July 2008, 17:40 Quote
What I am surprised at is that a "journalist" is the one pulling this all up.... You would think there would be a little more intelligence then again look at the evening news...
chrisb2e9 23rd July 2008, 17:48 Quote
reminds me of the stupid mass effect ordeal when they said it had graphic interactive sex.
EmJay 23rd July 2008, 18:40 Quote
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I also found it very amusing that commentary on Black Looks, posted by Nexxo above, constantly offered black people a capital letter (as in "Black"), where as white people were denied this favour. *Cough* racism *cough*

I'm Scandinavian American, thank you very much. :p
Denis_iii 23rd July 2008, 18:42 Quote
so totally racist, now they having hordes of black zombies....putting the poor white zombies out of work, this isnt racist, this is affirmative action which is bull!!!!! lmao more proof what a politically correct world leads to, only green zombies with no facial features which could be used to determine race.
Mr T 23rd July 2008, 20:20 Quote
Just hurry up and release the dam thing :(
Mentai 23rd July 2008, 20:42 Quote
I was actually very disapointed when they just started adding in white zombies (seemingly in response to this). It detracts from my idea of what an obscure african village looks like... There certainly weren't any black zombies in my obscure spanish village, assholes.
When I first saw the trailer I thought, "Wow that looks awesome, I can't remember the last game set in Africa." It never occured to me as racist, and I do think that some games are (I didn't particually like slaughtering Koreans in Crysis). I'm not surprised that the media jumped on this, I just wish Capcom had stood their ground. They could have released this statement months ago...
HourBeforeDawn 23rd July 2008, 20:54 Quote
wasnt the idea of zombies started by Voodooism which is dominately a black religion/culture?

No really I am sick and tired of all this racism **** especial that coming from Blacks because Im sorry from my stand point I think Black now and days are the most racist of them all, Im sorry but who cares what happened to your great grand parents but man get over it, times have changed despite if you want to acknowledge it or not but the way I see it your only holding yourself back by hanging onto all these stupid racist concerns and that goes for anyhow who is Racist or claiming or to those that spout about racism with themselves intern being racist in the process ~_~
frontline 23rd July 2008, 21:27 Quote
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wasnt the idea of zombies started by Voodooism which is dominately a black religion/culture?

No really I am sick and tired of all this racism **** especial that coming from Blacks because Im sorry from my stand point I think Black now and days are the most racist of them all, Im sorry but who cares what happened to your great grand parents but man get over it, times have changed despite if you want to acknowledge it or not but the way I see it your only holding yourself back by hanging onto all these stupid racist concerns and that goes for anyhow who is Racist or claiming or to those that spout about racism with themselves intern being racist in the process ~_~

What a complete load of bollox
knuck 23rd July 2008, 22:30 Quote
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What I am surprised at is that a "journalist" is the one pulling this all up.... You would think there would be a little more intelligence then again look at the evening news...

no, not really


you were probably being sarcastic but still... no , there is no intelligence whatsoever in the news
Yemerich 24th July 2008, 00:33 Quote
Strangely, no one ever said a thing about a black guy killing white ppl in GTA:SA.

Anyway, i think if the the guy that made the very first comment on racism didn't made it, prolly thins topic was never raised here.

I have a colleague (a sussesfull black guy) that there's no black or whit guy. There are PEOPLE! Everytime anyone try to differ the minority (for better or for worse) u make the opposite on that thougt more angry against yourself.

But the worst thing isn't racism. Its "preconcept". You always see lots of gorgeous blond girls with some black guys. But ask the same gorgeous girls if they would date a white POOR guy.
Cthippo 24th July 2008, 00:43 Quote
There is plenty of racisim out there, some of it pretty overt. RE5, however, isn't it.
LordPyrinc 24th July 2008, 01:30 Quote
People are becoming overly sensitive. Check out the following story. The term "black hole" is a racist remark???

http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/07/dallas-county-meeting-turns-ra.html

Get over it already! There are racist people of all colors, cultures, religions and nationalities. IMO, many of those that try to make issues out of something like this are some of the biggest racists themselves. They are the ones trying to create anger and controversy over nothing. This crap is getting really old.
DXR_13KE 24th July 2008, 01:42 Quote
there are no words that can express my feeling towards this event, i will attempt to invent one: i am "Fodchaaboins" with this situation.... there are far worse things happening around the world other than racism in games, that are marketed at demographic that will know the difference between games and reality, and these f***ers are wasting time and money on subjects that are not worth the time!!!!
PhenomRed 24th July 2008, 08:29 Quote
Chris Rock has a quote about how black people are more racist than white people cause black people don't like black people either. But this is just stupid. White guy kills black guy = racist hate crime. Black guy kills white guy = murder.

You can't do anything with any race without someone going "ooh, did you see how racist that was?"
Gareth Halfacree 24th July 2008, 09:11 Quote
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you were probably being sarcastic but still... no , there is no intelligence whatsoever in the news
I'm hurt. :p
CardJoe 24th July 2008, 09:21 Quote
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no, not really


you were probably being sarcastic but still... no , there is no intelligence whatsoever in the news

The replies certainly indicate it's something people think is worth discussing though and it does lead into several salient points about racism in games. It'd also be unfair to only present one side of a story. Fill in other defences here.
Jack_Pepsi 24th July 2008, 10:51 Quote
It's not going to stop me from getting the game. A Zombie is a Zombie, not a human. I'll blow it's freakin' head off if one came near me, and I'd expect all of you to do the same if I were a Zombie.
j1607760 30th July 2008, 04:54 Quote
Look, let's get this straight: THIS GAME IS RACIST! There, even the bigots trolling this thread could hear that.
This Jun fellow is not a very good liar. They knew this game had problems racially from the start. This was hardly news to Capcom.

Now, for all you RE5 apologists out there, listen closely for once, okay. It doesn't matter what you think. If you call someone a ******, or say that blacks are subhuman it doesn;'t matter that YOU didn't see the insult, or that YOU have no problem with that. I know this is a huge mental barrier for a lot of the folks in this thread to comprehend, but I'll give you some time to let it sink in. Okay, let's continue.

Blacks ARE treated ina racsit fashion in this game, Bottom line. Period. Resident Evil has had God knows how many games, and in all that time they haven't had one --NOT ONE-- black main character. Black are NEVER presented as intelligent or productive. Blacks are always one of the zombies. Whites are presented in a myriad of ways, blacks in only one, but the series never made a point of it until now.
ALL the blacks here are presented as zombies. The blacks who aren't infected still shuffle around like zombies, and look half dead. Only some of the racists in this thread could think that's okay. Will there be a blacks scientist fighting to stop the plague as there are in every other RE game? Of course not. Will there be some benevolent black guied to help the main character throughout the game and present the Africans as more than savages? Of course not.
Hmmm, I think we've found out why there are so many on this board who are enraged that they might not get to play this game.

And when this Jun person says blacks were on the development team, what does that mean? He used some blacks as the reference photos for the zombies? This is a crock of you know what.
All you guys who drool over this game, keep drooling, but don't lie and say the fact that blacks are being presented en masse as a horde that it's your "mission" to blow away wasn't a major selling point for you.
Capcom's had sales problems for a while and appealing to the racist fringe is clearly their new strategy.
HourBeforeDawn 30th July 2008, 05:09 Quote
^^^ lol give me a break, that was some funny stuff there so I guess practically every other company that makes games is raciest too huh? I mean really people will bitch about anything now and days, its a ****ing game you dont like DONT PLAY IT....
Stickeh 8th August 2008, 13:09 Quote
You are kidding me?
A zombie game set in Africa and the majority of the zombies are BLACK?

Thats like when it was set in the US and most of them were WHITE.

Who would have known! Black people in Africa!

Oh and acting as 'savages', are they not zombies? And the only cure for a zombie is a gunshot to the head?
CardJoe 8th August 2008, 13:28 Quote
It isn't set in Africa.
Stickeh 8th August 2008, 13:31 Quote
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It isn't set in Africa.

Where is it set then? I'll edit my reply accordingly?

And just an observation Joe your replys are very short and well to-the-point, you alright dude?
Krikkit 8th August 2008, 13:34 Quote
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*snip*

No. No. No. I'm sorry, but that's ridiculous politically-correct-thinking right there.

In the US games, why must there be a black person "presented as intelligent or productive". Alright, you could choose to put someone in there, to satisfy those people who look for these kinds of things, but does it actually matter? Uhhm... Not to most of us.

Now, usually, when you set anything in a particular region you have the indigenous population in it, not ship in a load of folks who have no business being there other than the odd tourist.

As for all the characters being represented as zombies, how can you possibly know what characters will be doing what, unless you've played the entire game? All those assumptions you've made are totally fabricated, top to bottom.

The reason poor old Jun Takeuchi has had to defend this game is because of people like you, who automatically assume that when a game is set in Africa (or any region where the local population has a high-black percentage), it MUST be a racist diatribe.

What about FarCry2? Surely that must be riddled with racism?
benjamyn 8th August 2008, 14:27 Quote
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It isn't set in Africa.

Wrong

Resident evil 5 IS set in Africa. If the various news articles confirming it aren't enough in one of the intro videos to Chris's partner Shuva (or something), she says "Welcome to Africa"

The "well-informed insider" claiming it wasn't set in Africa which BT reported on was nothing much a bunch of BS
Timmy_the_tortoise 8th August 2008, 14:44 Quote
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Wrong

Resident evil 5 IS set in Africa. If the various news articles confirming it aren't enough in one of the intro videos to Chris's partner Shuva (or something), she says "Welcome to Africa"

The "well-informed insider" claiming it wasn't set in Africa which BT reported on was nothing much a bunch of BS

According to the new Winter Games Preview, RE5 is set in Haiti, which is in the Carribbean. Still 95% Black population, though.
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he investigates a zombie uprising in the Haiti.
kenco_uk 8th August 2008, 14:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by j1607760
Look, let's get this straight: THIS GAME IS RACIST! There, even the bigots trolling this thread could hear that.
This Jun fellow is not a very good liar. They knew this game had problems racially from the start. This was hardly news to Capcom.

Way to introduce yourself. Long time posters here defending their right play A GAME. WITH ZOMBIES IN IT.
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Now, for all you RE5 apologists out there, listen closely for once, okay. It doesn't matter what you think. If you call someone a ******, or say that blacks are subhuman it doesn;'t matter that YOU didn't see the insult, or that YOU have no problem with that. I know this is a huge mental barrier for a lot of the folks in this thread to comprehend, 'but I'll give you some time to let it sink in. Okay, let's continue.

In what way does this game say that blacks are subhuman? It's a game where you survive a zombie horde.
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Blacks ARE treated ina racsit fashion in this game, Bottom line. Period. Resident Evil has had God knows how many games, and in all that time they haven't had one --NOT ONE-- black main character. Black are NEVER presented as intelligent or productive. Blacks are always one of the zombies. Whites are presented in a myriad of ways, blacks in only one, but the series never made a point of it until now.
ALL the blacks here are presented as zombies. The blacks who aren't infected still shuffle around like zombies, and look half dead. Only some of the racists in this thread could think that's okay. Will there be a blacks scientist fighting to stop the plague as there are in every other RE game? Of course not. Will there be some benevolent black guied to help the main character throughout the game and present the Africans as more than savages? Of course not.
Hmmm, I think we've found out why there are so many on this board who are enraged that they might not get to play this game.

Played it, have we? Because it's a game. About surviving a zombie invasion.
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And when this Jun person says blacks were on the development team, what does that mean? He used some blacks as the reference photos for the zombies? This is a crock of you know what.

Scuse my French, but gtfo.
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All you guys who drool over this game, keep drooling, but don't lie and say the fact that blacks are being presented en masse as a horde that it's your "mission" to blow away wasn't a major selling point for you.
Capcom's had sales problems for a while and appealing to the racist fringe is clearly their new strategy.

I won't. I'll lie awake thinking, 'Holy crap, I hope there's no zombies out there, omg what was that noise'.

Welcome to the forums :) Somehow I can tell you're a 1-post wonder.
Timmy_the_tortoise 8th August 2008, 15:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by j1607760
Look, let's get this straight: THIS GAME IS RACIST! There, even the bigots trolling this thread could hear that.
This Jun fellow is not a very good liar. They knew this game had problems racially from the start. This was hardly news to Capcom.

Now, for all you RE5 apologists out there, listen closely for once, okay. It doesn't matter what you think. If you call someone a ******, or say that blacks are subhuman it doesn;'t matter that YOU didn't see the insult, or that YOU have no problem with that. I know this is a huge mental barrier for a lot of the folks in this thread to comprehend, but I'll give you some time to let it sink in. Okay, let's continue.

Blacks ARE treated ina racsit fashion in this game, Bottom line. Period. Resident Evil has had God knows how many games, and in all that time they haven't had one --NOT ONE-- black main character. Black are NEVER presented as intelligent or productive. Blacks are always one of the zombies. Whites are presented in a myriad of ways, blacks in only one, but the series never made a point of it until now.
ALL the blacks here are presented as zombies. The blacks who aren't infected still shuffle around like zombies, and look half dead. Only some of the racists in this thread could think that's okay. Will there be a blacks scientist fighting to stop the plague as there are in every other RE game? Of course not. Will there be some benevolent black guied to help the main character throughout the game and present the Africans as more than savages? Of course not.
Hmmm, I think we've found out why there are so many on this board who are enraged that they might not get to play this game.

And when this Jun person says blacks were on the development team, what does that mean? He used some blacks as the reference photos for the zombies? This is a crock of you know what.
All you guys who drool over this game, keep drooling, but don't lie and say the fact that blacks are being presented en masse as a horde that it's your "mission" to blow away wasn't a major selling point for you.
Capcom's had sales problems for a while and appealing to the racist fringe is clearly their new strategy.

You're a funny guy.

Okay, now go back to being a racist ****face.
Krikkit 8th August 2008, 17:10 Quote
Please try not to flame guys, keep it clean too please. :)
HourBeforeDawn 8th August 2008, 17:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
It isn't set in Africa.

on the Comic Con Showing on G4 they stated that they go back to where the strain was originally created and they said that was Africa so did that change? since then?
benjamyn 9th August 2008, 14:44 Quote
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According to the new Wiki
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Takeuchi revealed that the game's plot will be set in Africa, and will concern "the origins of the virus."

RE5 Trailer [Youtube]
2:01 Sheva [Chris's partner] "Welcome to Africa"


Resident Evil Site [Under the 'About' section]
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After joining a new organization Chris heads to Africa where the latest Bioterrorism threat is literally transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures.
http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/2008/08/08/the-bit-tech-winter-games-preview-2008/1" target="_blank">Winter Games Preview, RE5 is set in Haiti, which is in the Carribbean. Still 95% Black population, though.[/QUOTE]

Then Bit-Tech are wrong again ;)
Besides it's out March 2009 not Winter 08.

Wiki
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Takeuchi revealed that the game's plot will be set in Africa, and will concern "the origins of the virus."

RE5 Trailer [Youtube]
2:01 Sheva [Chris's partner] "Welcome to Africa"


Resident Evil Site [Under the 'About' section]
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After joining a new organization Chris heads to Africa where the latest Bioterrorism threat is literally transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures.
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Let there be NO MORE CONFUSION.
Resident Evil 5 IS DEFINATELY SET IN AFRICA

BT and Joe are wrong :p
Mr_Sinister 9th August 2008, 15:12 Quote
All i can say about that is this is political correctness gone mad

Killing someone (what ever race) in a GAME! is not racist.
unless every single person killed in that game is a single race, and is made to look like it is that race's fault for all that is happening,
and then remember For F**K Sake it is only a bloody GAME, and not meant to be taken so seriously:(
Nexxo 9th August 2008, 15:20 Quote
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Yeah.

The female lead looks hispanic, the main character caucasian, even though the game is made by Asians. Very racist. Four games are set in the US and Europe, blowing away white zombies. No problem there, obviously. One is set in Africa, blowing away black zombies. OMG, Racism!

You're right. From now on all zombies and baddies should be white. Because all bad people are white, while all coloured people are in action how like an angel, in their apprehesion how like a God. In fact, us coloured people crap pure gold, to be honest. I checked. I went this morning.

And when games producers need to boost sales it is always a safe bet to "appeal to the racist fringe" (whoever they are). I mean, WTF?!?

That logic reminds me of the Snickers ad that was pulled recently:
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The Snickers ad, made by the same agency as the Heinz commercial, AMV BBDO, features Mr T as BA Baracus, the character he played in The A-Team television series. It opens with Mr T crashing through a building on a flatbed truck mounted with a Snickers-firing machine gun. Mr T pulls alongside a man in tight yellow shorts who is speed walking and growls: "Speed walking. I pity you fool. You a disgrace to the man race. It's time to run like a real man." He then opens fire, peppering the man with Snickers bars and forcing him to break into a run.

That's right. The Gay lobby objected to the commercial's gay stereotyping because in their opinion the speedwalker walked, well, a bit gay.

Some people will take offense even where none is given. Get some anti-dandruff shampoo: there's chips on your shoulder.
Krikkit 9th August 2008, 16:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
...Mr. T + Snickers advert...

ROFL, that sounds awesome. Damn these lobbyists for pulling the best adverts...
Stickeh 9th August 2008, 17:28 Quote
THANK YOU MR INTERNET.
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Such a funny advert, damn gays ruining all the fun!

I agree with nexxo.
Smegwarrior 9th August 2008, 17:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
so totally racist, now they having hordes of black zombies....putting the poor white zombies out of work, this isnt racist, this is affirmative action which is bull!!!!! lmao more proof what a politically correct world leads to, only green zombies with no facial features which could be used to determine race.
Now you're being alienist. :D

I had no idea that Nexxo was black , still doesn't change my opinion that he is a smart bloke who posts well thought out replies. ;)
Still doesn't change the fact that if he was a zombie I would blow his head off just like any other person that turned into a zombie and tried to eat my brains.
Black, white, hispanic, asian, alien it doesn't matter they would all qualify for *BOOM HEADSHOT>* B)

If anything this game shows a white man trying to make amends for the foolishness of other white men:
White man goes to Africa and gets zombie germs then spreads them to other countries creating a zombie plague (white man's foolishness), white man tries to save world from zombie plague numerous times in numerous countries (main character), white man realises that the origin of the zombie germs must be eradicated to undo the harm caused by the other (foolish) white men who released the zombie plague, white man goes to Africa to eradicate the origin of the zombie germs, white man encounters black zombies but does not discriminate against them just because they are black and he is white and proceeds to blow their heads off just like he has done before in other countries with other cultures of other skin colours including white.
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