Video Games’ race problem goes all the way to the top

This article is about whether the video game has a race problem or not. what we really need to fix is an insular industry, and a gaming culture that punishes people for bringing up race. “Are video games racist?” is not an evolved enough question to ask today. Instead of prompting a discussion, it puts the medium and its players on trial. Asking “is the game you’re playing racist?” is to ask “Are you racist (for playing this game)?” The racial anxiety triggered by accusations of racism by proxy is spelled out across the forums and comment boxes of (mostly white, mostly male, mostly cis-gendered) players fighting a judgment we didn’t make.

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