Someone Actually Tried Testing Out If GTA V Cops Are 'Racist'

Back when Grand Theft Auto V was originally released, one particular theory about race started floating around. According to some players, the cops in GTA didn't treat all of its protagonists the same. Some players thought that Franklin, the African-American character, got racially profiled by cops. » 3/13/15 10:40am 3/13/15 10:40am

"Wherever we may stand today as an industry, I am confident that we will stand somewhere far better tomorrow." Watch BioWare designer Manveer Heir's great GDC talk about racism, misogyny, and homophobia in the video game industry. The audience gave him a standing ovation. » 4/08/14 11:00am 4/08/14 11:00am

Racism Forces Soccer Team To Play in an Empty Stadium

Earlier this month, a banner reading "Japanese Only" hung inside Saitama Stadium 2002. The incident led to the Urawa Red Diamonds soccer team being punished: This weekend, the team was forced to play in an empty stadium. And yes, the team is being punished for the actions of insensitive fans. » 3/25/14 8:00am 3/25/14 8:00am

Nothing Says Happy Chinese New Year Like A Racist Billboard

As part of a shopping promotion, Bangkok shopping mall Central Festival unveiled billboards and ads to mark the Chinese New Year. The ad featured a white woman pulling one of her eyes. The text read, "Good to be Chinese." Understandably, people got upset. » 2/04/14 4:00am 2/04/14 4:00am

YouTube Comments Will Soon Be Less Racist, Homophobic, and Confusing

Ever read the comments on a popular YouTube video? There is no faster way to strip yourself of faith in humanity. It's a cesspool. And this is coming from someone who writes for the Gawker network. We know a little something about rowdy comments sections. YouTube's is worse, but it's finally about to smarten up. » 9/24/13 9:06pm 9/24/13 9:06pm

Why I Created the 'Washington Whiteskins' in a Football Video Game

A few months ago a guy reached out to me over Twitter with a common question, but for an unusual purpose. He asked if gamers can create or rename teams in Madden NFL. No, I replied, that hasn't been a feature for several years. His reason for asking is probably why: the guy wanted to create the Washington Whiteskins. » 9/21/13 2:00pm 9/21/13 2:00pm

Tiny Tina's Racism Reference In The New Borderlands 2 DLC [Update]

"BOOYAH. Not racist," exclaims Tiny Tina in the newest Borderlands 2 DLC, out today. It's not every day you hear video game characters discussing racism. Especially those who have had history with the concept, warranted or not. » 6/25/13 1:30pm 6/25/13 1:30pm

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

Newsflash: Everyone Should Be Able To Cosplay As Whatever The Hell They…

Dedicated cosplayers will tell you that the real spirit of cosplay is supposed to be about having fun, making friends, paying homage to your favorite characters, and perhaps even about challenging yourself. Even so, some cosplayers demand absolute 'accuracy' when it comes to cosplay: and this can make things turn ugly. » 2/04/13 9:30pm 2/04/13 9:30pm

Developer Who Called Borderlands Character Racist Is Now Out Of A Job…

This weekend, we reported that some players took umbrage with Tiny Tina, a character from Borderlands 2 and how she used "black lingo." Gearbox was receptive to these players, listening to their concerns and even offering to change the character in future updates should they be convinced that Tina's dialogue was… » 2/04/13 8:27pm 2/04/13 8:27pm

Borderlands 2's Writer Says He'll Change Tiny Tina If She Conveys…

Today, an argument broke out on Twitter between Anthony Burch, lead writer on Borderlands 2, and a few players who think that Tiny Tina is a racist character. » 2/02/13 8:30pm 2/02/13 8:30pm

Man Watches Django Unchained, Recreates Plantation With Slaves in The…

Meet Reddit user BourgeoisBanana. Like many people, he watched Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained—a hyper violent Western film that deals with slavery. Unlike most people, the movie inspired BourgeoisBanana to recreate a colonial-era plantation in The Sims 3 according to PC Gamer—slaves and all. » 1/26/13 8:00am 1/26/13 8:00am

Racist Morons Have Serious Issues With BioShock Infinite

The BioShock games have always had a weightier tone to them than just shooting things in the face. The first game was lightly basted in an Ayn Rand marinade, while the upcoming BioShock Infinite deals with some tricky issues like racism. » 12/13/12 8:01pm 12/13/12 8:01pm

There Was Only One Way to Respond to the N-Word in Letterpress

I couldn't find the words to respond to the appearance of that most unacceptable of racial slurs in a random game of Letterpress on my iPhone this weekend. Luckily I found the right letters. » 10/31/12 12:26am 10/31/12 12:26am

The Ugliest Images From BioShock Infinite Are the Ones That Make Me…

I enjoyed the new trailer for BioShock Infinite. It's the best look we've had in a while at a game that I've been looking forward to since 2010, when the first gameplay footage surfaced. » 10/22/12 6:00pm 10/22/12 6:00pm

Four Fired Over Game Studio Racism Allegations

Four of the staffers at the centre of some serious racism allegations at San Francisco developer KIXEYE have been fired, studio boss Will Harbin has announced. » 10/04/12 2:40am 10/04/12 2:40am

Serious Racism Allegations Levelled at Video Game Developer [Update]

San Francisco studio Kixeye is at the centre of some pretty serious allegations of institutional racism, after a person claiming to be an employee wrote a lengthy blog post [Update - since removed] outlining repeated acts of discrimination against he and other black colleagues. » 10/02/12 8:40pm 10/02/12 8:40pm

This Hacked Nintendo Game Turned Me Into a White Guy and Asked Me to…

I played a game over the weekend that changed me into an Asian person. And then a white person. One time I stayed black. That was good, I guess. Except for having to kill the "wetbacks." » 8/28/12 11:00am 8/28/12 11:00am

They're Space Nazis But It's Okay, They're Not Racist or Anything

One would imagine it would take more than 130 years for humanity to embrace the ideals of an organization calling itself the (insert number here) Reich, but the destruction of the planet Earth does funny things to a civilization. In Miner Wars 2081 the Nazi party rises to power once more, thanks mainly to its decision… » 8/08/12 11:00am 8/08/12 11:00am