Although it’s been out for several months, Resident Evil 5 has accomplished several major achievements:
- It is a sales record-breaking installment in a trend setting game series
- It boasts some of the most realistic and state-of-the-art graphics that any modern gaming console could offer
- It has been accused of being racist
Upon the game’s initial development, there were some groups and players who accused the fifth installment in Capcom’s Survival Horror series of being racist. With the main protagonist being Caucasian being set against hordes of infected Africans, there arose a sentiment that the game had violent racial overtones. In the end, an international committee did view the game and decide that it was not racist. However, the question is raised: did this committee include minority gamers familiar with the series?
Resident Evil 5 is not racist. It is one of the greatest games to be released in the last few years. As a minority gamer familiar with the series, I can say that the gameplay is far from racist. The action is indicative of the locale. Case closed. Resident Evil 4, which was set in Spain, was not accused of being racist although it was a similar setup, a Caucasian fighting infected minorities (in this case Spaniards.) Resident Evil 5 also includes in its cast two other heroes, Sheva Alomar and Stone, both of whom are competent, three-dimensional and African.
Resident Evil 5 does not evolve beyond its issue of black and white because there never is an issue. As a matter of fact, there are a blend of colors in the infected masses attacking and ethnicity is never mentioned. Those who have accused the game of racism have not played it and are not familiar with the background story and its globe-trotting time-line. In the end, it is small-mindedness that keeps us seeing black and white instead of good and evil, right and wrong, survival and survival horror.