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Capcom To Add More White Individuals In Resident Evil 5?

It seems that Capcom may finally bend to the politically correct pressure and toss in some differently-pigmented zombies for their upcoming survival/horror death-fest, Resident Evil 5.

The game is set in Africa, so of course, there are plenty of African-Americans. Therefore, when the village gets assaulted by a nasty virus that turns them into zombies, logic tells us that we get a lot of African-American zombies. Sounds perfectly logical to us, but it certainly created a lot of negative backlash, and here's some evidence of that:

"...gunning down mobs of angry Africans could be subtly racist...Its not just that these zombies are black, but that the uninfected black villagers are zombie-like too. See all those spooky shots of the villagers before they get infected? Its as if race itself were a disease. The white protagonist has to fight back or be infected." (Source- GameSpot)

And now according to TalkPlayStation, the latest issue of OPM says Capcom will be including more white people and zombies in Resident Evil 5. Now, we're not about to judge, but we know two things: 1. we've played every RE there is, and to be perfectly honest, it's very possible that every last zombie we smoked in the past decade was white. 2. What exactly does "zombie-like" mean? Frequent Wal-Mart shoppers that appear more green than white? Been playing games for quite a while, and most villains, enemies, and in general, most every stupid, lazy, jerk we've ever seen in games has been...white. I guess our point is, does it matter what color your skin is when you're a zombie?! We never cared before; we gun down whitey like crazy!

Related Game(s): Resident Evil 5

6/19/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

Joema
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 10:59:20 PM
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they could have part of it be in South Africa, there is a large white population there

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Ed_Wayne
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 11:35:45 PM
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I have been playing games my entire life and I have probably killed 1,000,000 white people and 12 black people total in these games. There is also an African woman fighting alongside you in RE5. She was in the latest trailer. I have made my point.

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Advent Child
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:04:32 AM
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I just have one thing to say. If they are black people in Africa then they are not African-American as stated. That would mean they were American. Just trying to be more politically correct like Capcom.

Last edited by Advent Child on 6/20/2008 12:05:26 AM

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aaronisbla
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:30:48 AM
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i was gonna say they arent african american, just africans

I also think they shouldnt have buckled under pressure but i guess they wanna sell copies of games.

If a zombie was attacking me, i dont care if its the former pope ( no offense to catholics, seriously, no offense ) He's catching some hot lead to the face!

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Tatsujin
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:53:34 AM
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I really wouldn't care what damn race they are, it's a motherfu***** game, jesus christ... And yet, games teach us more than those lazy ass english teachers that teach you the same thing over every year -.- It is truly sad... BUT, one thing I would mind them being is... <.< >.> another one of those Bush's =O Then we got a problem there... I don't want zombies running into walls whilst I have the game mode to superhuman or hard or whatever the highest difficulty might be... Know what I mean (Damn that monkey)

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 6/20/2008 10:30:26 AM

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Gabriel013
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 1:38:04 AM
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I agree about the zombies in the previous titles. More politically correct nonsense.
You guys are right that it is funny that it's never been racist when only white people are the enemy you have to kill and that's even when you are in a location that should have a pretty mixed population not like Africa where the majority would indeed be black!

I think NOW people should boycott the game for Capcom backing down.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 2:19:36 AM
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Lol racism issues like this are hilarious. Everyone turned a blind eye in RE4 that the population you were destroying was spanish, but seem as in RE5 its in africa & every one has darker skin, its racist. Adding aload of white people will be a cop-out, It will destroy the atmosphere & sense of realism.

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Zapix
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 3:18:51 AM
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WTF? There are black people in Africa? Wait... There are blacks and hispanics in games? LIES! This is an outrage! ... ROFLMAO, kidding obviously, but in all seriousness, when do we REALLY even see African-Americans in games, muchless, African-Japanese? Exactly. Not commonly! But hey, look at GTAIV, you're killing Albanians and Bosnians left and right.

Remind me to cry racism the next time somebody makes a game where say... oh I dunno... The main character is OJ Simpson, and the object of the game is to go run around and kill white women! (actually, skip that, somebody start developing, I smell big sales on this idea!)

Wake up Capcom -.- Even by US standards (which wow, has a long ways to go) just elected Barak Obama for the Democratic nominee, and you're taking to cries of 'racism'? What's next?

Just make everyone happy, leave the game as it is, and throw in a white lawyer who gets turned into a zombie, and he's the first one you kill. End of story, world will shut up, everyone smiles.

We're in 2008, not 1958. Get with it.

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kj313
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 5:10:35 AM
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Wow I guess I'm the only one that really sees something wrong with this. Which makes me think even more like they really need to change this game.

At 1st when I saw the trailer of RE5 I didn't think it was racist, just looked very hard cause the zombies were running very fast, and jumping climbing objects. But then one of my white friends said to me do u notice that the Africans, look like regular Africans? So I watched the trailers again and said whoa.... they do look like non infected africans. But I'm not one of those over sensitive Black guys so I told him not offended but it looks LIKE A WHITE GUY DOING SOME EXTERMINATION OF AFRICANS.

All I saying is in the past RÉ'S the zombies looked, and moved like zombies, even though they were white. These zombies look like africans and move like athletes.

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Gabriel013
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 8:47:13 AM

I can't comment on the lack of zombie behaviour only the minor outcry over all black zombies versus no outcry over all white zombies. The images I have seen look like how I may imagine fresh zombies to look.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 10:32:38 AM

The zombies would've been more agile in RE5 regardless of skin color. It's a next-gen enhancement that, I'm 100%, has absolutely nothing to do with someone at Capcom saying, "hey, these guys are black; let's make them run really fast!"

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bhindi_bhaji
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 9:21:09 AM
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This PC stuff is just ridiculous and fuels racism/fanaticism more than anything!!

You talk to the average person, be they white, black, yellow, green, orange, purple...they (well maybe not the green and purple), and they wouldn't give a monkey's uncle about this kind of thing!!

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NoMoreWar
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 10:30:56 AM
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d*mn, i always just saw one person fighting to save himself against other people, not a white guy exterminating blacks. i think racism is too much ingrained into people's heads sometimes. there's a southpark that covers this topic brilliantly. everyone needs to register people in there brains as people, not white people, black people, etc.
but sh**, we can't go offending the PC's! if we're adding white zombies, we better add some hispanic zombies, some indian (oh sorry, native american) zombies...

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NoMoreWar
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 10:39:58 AM
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Ben, aaronisbla makes a good point. they're not African-Americans...
gotta be careful with that or the PC's will get you. haha

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kj313
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 11:44:35 AM
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@ben That's a good point that its next gen, so more realistic movements. I'm only saying make some deterioating skin, rashes gashes or even the hissing zombie noises.

My only issue is how the zombies don't look like zombies, but more like a regular African. That's my only gripe. They look just like the africans u see on informercials starving to death. Now I find it weird that I'm the only one that sees that. Could be a coincedence, I don't know .

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:05:31 PM

I understand that viewpoint, certainly. But I mean...how many whites have been portrayed as Neo Nazis in past games, even when they're not? Whites have been stereotyped to death in games and because they're not a minority, it seems to be okay.

It's a complicated issue, I know. I just think people are being a little too sensitive on this one.

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kj313
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 1:56:51 PM
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@ben True everything u said. But if all the whites say no to something it would be over cause you're not the minority. They overrule, right?

But I'm not sayin its racist. The most important viewpoint would have to be an AFRICAN. I'm just african american, If their offended than there's a case. If not I'm cool with it. But I 100% agree its only a video game. I just thought someone else would think its kinda wierd.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 2:43:29 PM

Heh...in this very liberal country right now, the majority are often considered to be the enemy. In fact, it almost seems as if the ONLY race stand-up comedians can make fun of without any restraint whatsoever is white... In many ways, I think the white race is the only race NOT allowed to be offended about anything. You know?

But like you say, if people are offended...it's hard to deal with that. I doubt Capcom would want to offend anyone, especially with such a huge title, and they have to realize that African-Americans make up a large portion of the gaming community. So yeah, it's a tough situation. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes, certainly. :)

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ray taylor
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 5:27:16 PM
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I could really care less whether they are black or white. I have an idea to solve the whole problem. Lets put some tan skin, flanel shirts and some sumbrero's on them and we can all pretend we are helping out with the illegal immigrant problem.

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Solidgearz
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 6:31:54 PM
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these people are being stupid, I dont see racisim here. Its a game that takes place in africa, or something, but i seriousley still dont see it!

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LCF
Saturday, June 21, 2008 @ 7:41:29 PM
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Seems to me that the anti-racist ppl are keeping racism alive and well.

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Deleted User
Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 10:13:21 AM
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This is total bullcrap. Capcom afraid of racism? Heck, if I ran Capcom I'd even throw in the N word on top of all this just to show who's boss. It's their GAME, people are still going to buy it with black or white people RACISM IS OVERRATED. It's the sequel to the 2005 game of the year...of course it's going to be selling like hotcakes.

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kj313
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 9:22:10 AM
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@Ben this guy up here is the reason why I said what I said. Idk if he's joking or not. If not u see what I'm talkin bout. U and I both know there are many more people feelin the exact same way. There are a lot of very insensitive people, but don't get me wrong there are a lot of over sensitive people.

I just don't want this game in the wrong hands! Lol.

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anjpikapp3
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 11:02:37 AM
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You said African Americans...I don't think thats correct. African's would be the better choice considering the game is in in Africa not America. Black people(not being racist) in Africa are African's and in America are African-American. However, this language is not used for any other race..??..Mexican-American? How about Indian-American....

If the game was based in Asia...I wouldn't expect to be killing white people?!? same if based in Iraq...why is it that people always call racist when (in a game) a white guy kills a hoard of AFRICANS??? What if the main character was Black?? people would have said the game portrays Black on Black criminal behavior and then the game would have to be changed to killing aliens (HALO, Resistance, etc.) ...It's a game people...get over yourself! Slavery was a long time ago and Blacks were not the only slaves!!!!!!!!!!

I am pretty sure that the people having a problem with this have never been a slave and have no clue what slavery is! Let Capcom make their game and have African's jump out of DARK places scaring us like the infected dog through the window....

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Anastasios912
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 6:12:19 PM
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Wow you have to be freaking kidding me. Wow Capcom "racist" because you kill black people in the game? It's funny how countless of other game developers weren't deemed "racist" even though you kill white people in their games. Who the hell cares, this is just plain ridiculous.

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Anastasios912
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 6:17:45 PM
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kj313 you seem intelligent, but you have to understand TONS of games have people that look like "regular" white people being killed. Why is this any different? I'm sorry I'm just sick of black people calling people out for being racist when they aren't. Yes, I'm a white american, NO I am not racist in any regard and I'm just disgusted at how touchy people are. Many minorities try to get out of crimes just because they are a certain color and I hate that. I'm Greek but still considered a Caucasian, and because of that I can't get special scholarships and what not, do you really think that is fair?

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Deleted User
Friday, June 27, 2008 @ 3:08:40 AM
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Excuse me did you say its set in Africa so there's plenty of African-Americans? That made no sense whatsoever. In terms of being "zombie-like" they were referring to the fact that the zombies in RE-5 seem to be even dumber than zombies past. (If thats possible)

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