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Valve Responds to Left 4 Dead Racism Allegations

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282w ago - The Houston Chronicle's game blog [Register or Login to view links] pointed out the similarity in imagery between Left 4 Dead 2 and the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

The game is set in New Orleans. It was only a few years ago that the city was destroyed, and there actually were corpses moldering in the streets... so it's natural that the game's visuals might remind people of the tragedy.

Left 4 Dead writer Chet Faliszek spoke to [Register or Login to view links] about the accusations, to quote:

"Utter insanity," he said. Faliszek. "There are mixed races of zombies, there are all different races of zombies that you shoot, and since we placed it in New Orleans, that makes it racist? ... When two of the characters in your game are African-American, it's a weird thing to be accused of. We're like, 'how does this work'?"

"As far as Katrina goes, if you go down to New Orleans, Katrina's still going on. I mean, it's messed up, it is crazy that the city is still in the state it's in, and we treat that with the utmost respect...This is a videogame, those are real people's lives, we are not trying to make a statement with...
 

Video: Resident Evil 5 Actors Speak Out on Racism Allegations

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301w ago - This weekend a video has been made available detailing points of view from some of the actors involved in making Resident Evil 5.

The actors are hoping their voices of firm denial will finally help put an end to Internet rumors and speculation that Resident Evil 5 is a racist video game.

From the video's caption: Actors from Resident Evil 5 deny internet rumblings that the game is racist.

Those interested can check it out below, courtesy of ozzysr75 via GameTrailers:



 
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