The Game I Played When I Was Scared To Death of Being Deported

Amidst the pushcart vendors selling bacon-wrapped hot-dogs, religious leaders blasting damning sermons over megaphones, and the homeless wandering around the city, there is one San Francisco fixture most people don't know about—not even the locals. It's not a bridge or a winding street or anything like that: I'm… » 3/31/14 2:30pm 3/31/14 2:30pm

Animal Crossing Fans Want More Than Just White Skin Colors In New Leaf

At its heart, Animal Crossing is a game that's all about personal flair, customization, and expressing yourself. And now that even franchises like Pokemon allow players to choose their skin color, some are wondering: why doesn't Animal Crossing allow you to do the same thing? » 6/17/13 9:30pm 6/17/13 9:30pm

Command and Conquer's New Militant Faction Underlines an Old Problem

No longer will Command and Conquer's militant "Global Liberation Army" feature generals of obvious Middle Eastern descent, once the game goes free-to-play. Polygon reports that Victory Games made the decision because some folks didn't like the implication that Middle Easterners were a bunch of militant terrorists. » 6/12/13 12:00pm 6/12/13 12:00pm

What the Washington Redskins Could Learn from a Game Named Starcoon

If I learned anything this past week, it's that some people will find any context in which an ethnic slur is not an ethnic slur, or will find some justification for its use, from the name of a video game to that of a football team. » 5/05/13 5:30pm 5/05/13 5:30pm

White Actress Will Voice Assassin's Creed's Black Heroine [Correction]

When Assassin's Creed III made its stunning debut a few months ago, Ubisoft proudly noted that they were using an actor with Native American heritage to bring new lead character Connor Kenway/Ratohnhaké:ton to life. In the game, Connor's parents were of British and Mohawk descent and the casting of a performer who… » 8/29/12 5:00pm 8/29/12 5:00pm

Come On, Video Games, Let’s See Some Black People I’m Not Embarrassed…

I've never played as a black video game character who's made me feel like he was cool. Worse yet, I've never played a black video game character who made me feel like I was cool. Instead, I've groaned and rolled my eyes at a parade of experiences that continue to tell me video games just don't get black people. » 3/29/12 5:00pm 3/29/12 5:00pm

'Prankster's' Racial Slur Found in Minecraft Won't Be Removed til Next…

Minecraft's head developer has elaborated on how a racial slur made it into a "snapshot build" of Minecraft's PC version, noting that it was not pushed to all users. As such, Mojang, the game's maker, won't remove the offensive language until the next such update. » 1/28/12 2:00pm 1/28/12 2:00pm

Study Tries to Break Down Who Buys In-Game Items—by Race

A study found that whites and, by a slighter margin, blacks were more likely to account for purchases of in-game items from mobile games, in a study that examined purchasing habits by ethnicity. What it seeks to prove, I have no idea, but the mobile entertainment portal MocoSpace sounds pretty smug that it'll change… » 9/10/11 5:00pm 9/10/11 5:00pm