This topic has just been brought to light with the recent Tiny Tina debate on Twitter with Anthony Burch, the lead writer on Borderlands 2, defending Tiny Tina’s Dialogue.
I have played Borderlands 2 and the Tiny Tina missions happened to be my favourite. My facebook friends will know this with my insane horde of quotes from her just after game release last year. When i played her missions i did not see any ounce of racism. I saw a little girl who was insanely adorable with crazy made up nursery rhymes and gibber speek - granted i didnt know what a badonkadonk was but once googled, I now know it's a well shaped lady's bottom, which in fact adds to the comedy. Even now im struggling to see any racism in her dialogue. Maybe that's because im white? oo is that being racist? #Sarcasm
With that all said, it had me thinking about other titles out there that maybe racist. Again im struggling to remember any game that brought up racism. The only ones that come to mind are GTA and Saint's Row - but they are about gangs and gang wars. So is it acceptable to be racist if its in the context of gangs? Both titles equally get a huge bout of bad press but it doesn't stop the games topping the charts. Do we want so called racism in our video games? Whether some titles maliciously add racism or unintentially have it in them, it would be a better use of time to completely ignore it. Running to twitter like a keyboard warrior isnt the answer. If you are un happy with the content of your game, stop playing it and return it to the store for a refund. You can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time.
It's just an acceptable form of life that people talk differently, people have differnt slang, especially internationally. For example, in the US, the word “Lush” means someone who drinks a lot, yet in the UK the word “lush” mean lushious, yummy and nice. It's seen as a positive if something is described as lush. Maybe this is the problem, people forget that there are other cultures and something that's racist to you is a perfectly normal term for others. What do you all think? Have you played any games that really crossed the race barrier? I'm going to take my “badonkadonk”, that happens to be ”squishy, squishy squishy” and enjoy my video game experience without looking for a reason to moan about it.