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Want to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women? Blood Sport investigates the entirety of all-things arena for gladiators and challengers alike. C. Christian Moore, multiple rank 1 gladiator, examines the latest arena strategy, trends, compositions...

February 22nd 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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We've talked here on the site before about this issue -- the anonymity in online communities like World of Warcraft often leads to people throwing out offensive statements that they usually wouldn't in normal company. Most people shrug these off as just what happens in online games ("kids will be ki...

July 21st 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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To some it is unadulterated racial hatred; to others, pure marketing genius. Ok, perhaps I'm sensationalizing just a bit, but since its release, the No Elves! trailer for Global Agenda has generated quite a buzz. A recent newsletter announcement by Hi-Rez Studios details how they plan to capitalize...

June 11th 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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The Wall Street Journal's Jamin Brophy-Warren has a piece today exploring the racial connotations some are seeing in Capcom's latest effort, Resident Evil 5. The game's producer Jun Takeuchi recently said, "There is no racial element to it at all," and Capcom's Chris Kramer expands on that point, s...

March 11th 2009 at 2:45pm 0 Comments
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The British Board of Film Classification does not see an "issue around racism" in a particular Resident Evil 5 scene that may be considered inflammatory. Kikizo asked the BBFC's communication head, Sue Clark, about a specific scene where a (*minor spoiler warning*) white, blond woman is dragged by...

March 2nd 2009 at 10:58am 0 Comments
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When Resident Evil 5 finally shuffles onto shelves March 13, it'll have had years of development and countless claims that it contains racist over-and-undertones behind it. When we sat down with RE5 producer Jun Takeuchi for one last, pre-launch interview, he spoke with us about this lingering issu...

February 24th 2009 at 10:30pm 0 Comments
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The Resident Evil 5 "racism issue" has reanimated itself in the latest hands-on preview by Eurogamer. The site believes the "debate is only going to get louder" once the game is released. It notes that Chris Redfield's partner, Sheva, fits neatly into the "approved Hollywood model" of a light-skinn...

February 5th 2009 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Update: Nintendo has issued an official statement. Head past the break to read it. Nintendo is, famously, very politically correct where Animal Crossing is concerned. In the games, any festivals or holidays with even a hint of religious overtones are quietly repackaged: Easter becomes "Bunny Day...

December 3rd 2008 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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The promise of what virtual spaces can bring us is significant -- erasing geographic limitations on interaction with others while fostering an exchange of cultures, beliefs, and languages. To this high-minded end, millions of dollars have been spent and many thousands of hours of work have been inve...

September 12th 2008 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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In the latest Sessler's Soapbox, a regular video diatribe by G4TV personality Adam Sessler, he expresses his severe distaste for the bigotry and homophobia found on Xbox Live. Having actually spent time at GDC discussing this very issue with Sessler and his wife -- she's a lovely and charming woman...

June 12th 2008 at 7:25pm 0 Comments
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[1.Local] serves up a smattering of reader comments from the past week, from the sublime to the ridiculous.The excitement of the all the new Wrath of the Lich King buzz this week must have gone to some readers' heads, making them testier than usual. This week saw several squabbles in post comments,...

May 16th 2008 at 1:00pm 0 Comments