South Park Handles Racism Brilliantly.
You might not agree with how they address it, but you have to admit it is brilliant. (for the image above, the answer is naggers, people who nag or annoy you. obviously) South Park is a show that has caused huge controversy many, many times, and with the release of their new game "Fractured But Whole" they took their dialogue about racism to an entirely new level. The comedy RPG (role player game) features various levels of difficulty, from easy to very difficult, much like most games. What's different though is the difficulty affects the color of your character's skin. During the character creation section of the game, which you can see in the video below (skip to 5:40), you select the difficulty of the game. What's interesting is the easier the difficulty, the lighter your character's skin, the harder the difficulty, the darker your character's skin. It means if you want to play The Fractured but Whole on a harder than normal difficulty, you have to play as a person of colour. Now for those of you who at this point are thinking that the game creators are racists - wait. During the process, you're told "Don't worry, this doesn't affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life." When asked about this feature, Ubisoft developers told the difficulty of the game affects the amount of money you receive and the way other characters speak to you throughout the course of the game - nothing else, you have the same skills as everyone. The only thing that changes is how society views you. It is, quite clearly, a social commentary on racism in modern society, and as far as video games go, a pretty effective one. There is always going to be a white guy saying that he's not priviledged because he's never experienced what its like to be prematurely judged based on skin tone - so this video game will do it for them. For any POC that feels offended by this, okay, I can see where you're coming from, but for me I think it teaches an important lesson that no matter how skilled you are, how smart you are, whatever, your will always have to fight a little bit harder when your skin is darker. Personally, I'd love it if my white friends understood that more and I think this is a rad way to get that feeling through their heads. What do you think of this? Do you agree, or think its racist as hell?