I’m a very dumb person. Maybe my multiple, extended stays in federal and state prisons are to blame, but my poor brain just can’t…do…good…think. In terms of cognitive capacity, I’d say I’m below the average bear.
Need I say more…
This isn’t malicious or anything, and it’s not on the same level of Mr. Popo or anything, but this does
look kinda goofy, especially in such a gloomy game like Dark Souls
. I guess it might be a bit racist, but one might say that Japan’s racism is kinda cute since it’s childishly ignorant and silly.
The way your character looks also doesn’t really matter since they are covered in armor anyways…
What should you think about this?
So, the question is whether any of the three representations of brown people are better than the other. My answer: not really.
The point I’m trying to make is that being a little fearless in designing a game can never hurt anybody (unless you are trying to hurt somebody). Including “Brown People” in video games won’t blow up in your face, so long as there is no malicious, hurtful intent in any accidental racism. These three games have prominent Brown characters in them probably due to the fact that they were developed by Japanese companies, and they had less fear of being “politically incorrect” and they aren’t in jail or being ran into bankruptcy (Clover closed, but their geniuses still live on in other companies).
In fact, taking some of that brown from a game’s environment, and putting it on the protagonist may end up making your game more interesting just based off aesthetics. Don’t you want interesting games? No? Oh, okay. What do I know? I am very dumb after all.
My constant incarceration has prevented me from playing many video games since youth, so I am also ignorant. Is it actually uncommon to see “Brown People” anywhere in video games as I think it is? I know Shadows of the Damned
featured Garcia Hotspur, and the new Assassin’s Creed
has a half-Native American protagonist, but are there older games out there I don’t know about? Is this something worth talking about? Are Japanese purposefully racist? So many questions left unanswered! Thanks for reading. All two of you!
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