This is the right way to talk about race and representation in video games.
But the core problem with “PBS Gameshow’s” video and the general conversation on racism in games is not one of implication. “Are games racist?” is not the way to begin the conversation on racism in video games. The framing of the question itself reflects a popular, yet nonetheless erroneous, understanding of the word “racist.” In “The Good, Racist People,” Ta-Nehisi Coates writes that, “In modern America we believe racism to be the property of the uniquely villainous and morally deformed, the ideology of trolls, gorgons and orcs.” From the popular perspective, even the notion that games may be racist implies that the medium, and by proxy its players, is itself uniquely villainous or morally deformed.
And as racism has evolved since then, so must our tactics to unearth and combat it. Games must move beyond historicized, uncritical hurdles that only see racism in the atrocities of the past. Asking the same old question won’t allow gaming to modernize its understanding of how racism arises in our own lives in insidious, implicit ways. So gamers can recognize the abhorrence of “Custer’s Revenge,” a 1982 Atari title about the rape and bondage of a Native American woman, but the veneer of humor and irony make “Ching-Chong Beautiful” defensible.
Do you know sucks about getting older? Your friends have known you way too long, they got too much on you. I want to have friends to still lie to me because they don’t want to hurt my feelings. I sadly kind of mean that.
Nick, “Bells,” New Girl, S1:E7
So I totally started watching New Girl after a ton of people rec’d it to me, and I’m finding it really nice. I feel like it starts to hit it’s stride about three or four episodes in. But the last one I watched—“Bells”—really got at some truths about being 30 and not having a clue about what you’re doing. There are some surprising moments of real friendship in this show and I like that they aren’t expecting Deschenel to carry the whole show by herself. This works much better as an ensemble cast. Looking forward to watching more.
(Plus now I can go shower and get this oil out of my hair).
I had received exactly zero calls back on several applications submitted this summer and early fall, so I don’t even care if this doesn’t work out, I’m just going to scare my cats for a bit as I do the dance of joy over hearing anything from anyone.
Pro: I got a voicemail about a job I applied for two months ago, with the hiring officer asking to set up a phone interview for the position, which I really, really, REALLY want!
Con: I had just smeared coconut oil all over my hair when I called the woman back and she was at lunch, so I left a voicemail. I’ve been too scared to wash it out because she might call back when I’m in the shower.