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Resident Evil 5 Racism Talk Surprises Capcom
Filed under: RESIDENT EVIL 5, CAPCOM
The controversy surrounding Capcom's Resident Evil 5 -- ignited after the game's debut trailer -- took the company by surprise, as explained by producer Jun Takeuchi over at MTV Multiplayer.

"No, we certainly didn't anticipate the reaction," says Takeuchi. "We think it was a bit of a misunderstanding when we published the first images of the game back in the day. And we think that as we move along and allow people to see more the game and more of what's going on and more of the story, people will get a better idea of the game."

Takeuchi also talked about how the Capcom staff is racially diverse.

"There are black members in the development team," Takeuchi offered. "We do have staff working on the game, who are aware of the historical background and we are constantly checking these kinds of things with them. Certainly the most important thing we have learned is that different countries do see the same things in different ways."

As for the game itself, it looks very promising (judging from the stuff we saw).



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MrBored Jul 24 2008, 08:03 am EDT
I love how the only racism that is ever considered is against black people. It should be renamed blackism, or something.
  Cheddar: Winner!
mak.wikus Jul 24 2008, 08:39 am EDT
Yeah, they should change the dude into a black guy killing white people. Because we're okay with that, right?
  Shifty_Man: That seems a little to much like real life. But atlea…
Ftmch: I have a feeling the people that are critizising the …
Ren3d Jul 24 2008, 08:51 am EDT
Yeah, kinda sick of it. No one had any problems with RE4, right? Capcom shouldn't even bother. Just make the game for people who want to play Resident Evil.
  mankopi: A lead Black character kicking the nuts out of black …
Khaos: Why should it matter? Because another blackman is hel…
Cheddar Jul 24 2008, 11:09 am EDT
"There are black members in the development team," Takeuchi offered.

Honestly, this is pretty surprising. Africans are a MICROSCOPIC ethnic minority in Japan.
desi Jul 24 2008, 11:12 am EDT
The game is set in AFRICA. Of course there will be black people over there. What do they expect? Little green men?

What next? Wolfenstein is racist against Nazis?
psydude20 Jul 24 2008, 01:41 am EDT
I don't get it: why didn't Spaniards get pissed off when RE4 entailed killing thousands upon thousands of Spanish villagers?

People need to get their heads out of their asses. It's bullshit squabbling like this that gives real racists fuel for their racism.
  jimmy: i was just about to say that, i just don't get what t…
soverign Jul 24 2008, 12:05 pm EDT
at least THE bad guy is white lol...
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