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NOTE: I was under the impression that Ubisoft or someone working as a representive of Ubisoft at the time the non existent claim was said had done so as an official statement. I was wrong. Ubisoft as an entity did nothing which anyone could claim as ignorant or insensitive to race issues. The only reason I'm not nuking this blog is because I still think many of the so-called background points are often left unsaid. Diversity is an issue in the medium that we as gamers don't do a lot to change in any significant way. Wanting to see more of it in one of the most aazing ways we have to convey human experiences and conflicts seems like a no-brainer.  

“Because they lied to us” could actually be this entire post. You can skip down to the last couple paragraphs for that but there's a lot of background I want to talk about when it comes to the commercial aspects of the industry as a whole. To start, there's the obvious problem that I've seen more people complaining that people are complaining that he's a white guy because everyone likes to get up in arms at people calling out that institutionalised racism exists. I'm not going to say that you can't do that because well you can do a lot things that other people don't like and just not care pretty easily, it's one of those things which we do all the time, but I'd also like to you understand that it is a pretty big problem to a lot of people and so you don't really have a claim to support your view by saying it doesn't hurt anybody or it's not a problem that advertising and entertainment companies are so good at creating trends and reselling the same thing over and over that for the last few hundred years the powers that be have viewed anyone outside their narrow definition of “white” as unsellable.

They're assuming and spreading the ridiculous notion that the 87% of the world who don't fit that view are in some form not “normal” based on race and that the 13% that do are each too much of a self absorbed psychopath to be able to buy anything that doesn't “look” like them. Personally, I've never met anyone who actually “looks” like Nathan Drake fully so the only thing I see people connecting with is a social group, an idea of a Nathan Drake and yeah - sorry if you don't like to hear it - that idea is that “normal human protagonists are white dudes”. This combined with the obvious that “Protagonists are important” starts a really quite awful tread in the media that normally “Important people are white dudes”. That's the problem. It's not that everybody is going around calling out “WHITE PRIVILEGE!” like human rights violations are akin to trash-talking their favourite boy band because yes: everyone dislikes those attitudes. That's because they're being loud, uneducated in the facts and annoying hobbyists and not because the message behind what they're saying is wrong.

Any non-white or male gamer out there has had a serious connection with a protagonist who's life would be unlike their own simply based on how the world would perceive them and they don't even care. It's a non-issue to them. They just like the character. That's expected of them but then there's a subset of people who must be pandered to? I understand some of the points made by those against “Social Justice Warriors” (Note: How can any of you say with a straight face that you hate social justice? Even with the hyperbolic name for added irony you still sound kind of an asshat) but honestly most of the hate is from people taking it personally so I'll say this:

Just because you're light skinned doesn't mean people wanting less light skinned characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

Just because you're male doesn't mean people wanting less male characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

Just because you're straight doesn't mean people wanting less straight characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

Just because you're tall doesn't mean people wanting less tall characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

Just because you're thin doesn't mean people wanting less thin characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

Just because you're brown haired doesn't mean people wanting less brown haired characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

Just because you're deep voiced doesn't mean people wanting less deep voiced characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

Just because you're blue eyed doesn't mean people wanting less blue eyed characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

Just because you're middle class doesn't mean people wanting less middle class characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

Just because you're American doesn't mean people wanting less American characters hurts you or is a personal slight against you. They just want to get rid of the connotations.

It has nothing to do with you.

Nobody cares about your race, gender, sexuality or looks. Nobody talking about this knows you personally or even really thinks about you when they say these things. You're probably a cool person who just digs video games.

It has nothing to do with you and video games are not just played by you.

This brings us back to the above image. It's a clear example that racism is still prevalent in our society and it came up due to bunch of people who have much more complex personalities and views than those that can described by a slur like “racist” trying their best not to be “racist”. I think they all probably got together and tried to make a non-white character as a genuine show of good will but good intentions don't always have the idealised results. Calling them racists for trying is the same of calling them butts: it doesn't really mean anything but just shows off your frustration.

The problem with the character is that Ubisoft decided to make a game with a protagonist that wasn't brown haired, blue eyed and American and thought they deserved to be praised for it. Can we please understand the stupidity of the fact that if this dude's name were John Franks the way we see his race would completely change. The only thing non-white about him is a lack of a British name and blue eyes. There's plenty of people in the world who aren't English and don't have blue eyes, they're in fact known as the vast majority of the human race, and yet Ubisoft still decided to brag about designing the same idea of a person we've seen a thousand times before with a ever-so muddier tint and a new identifier in order to do what big business always does: acknowledge a popular trend like awareness that the US is not the centre of the entire known universe and create a new character based on a pinch of that and then a rehash everything we've seen before. The only reason it's annoying this time is that everything we've seen before is the problem.


Ubisoft can and should be held to higher standards when it come to making claims about a sensitive issue like race. This is the company that brought us Prince of Persia. Think about that.

[Xero is a dude who hates the fact that an interest in human rights and video games are considered opposing views despite having literally nothing to do with each other but because the video game industry is so heavily tied with economics and sales we often have to defend their BS notions to justify enjoying our games. They're the slightly bigoted friend you have that you defend for being a really nice guy. He also loves strawberry ice cream. That's good stuff yo.]
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