Status Update, 8/12/06August 13, 2006
Everyone’s favorite rockstar video gaming journalist, Tim Rogers, has a recent post that touches on race and video games – specifically, Sony’s recent PSP/LocoRoco race debacle. Interestingly enough, he moves from a fairly legitimate criticism of a (non-video game related) art exhibit in Japan called “Africa Remix”, which unnecessarily conflates Africans with African Americans:
My family had never imported slaves from Africa, and I am by no means the type of person who’s ever felt uncomfortable around black people for reasons of guilt, even guilt by association, related to the slave trade. This is why I’m able to cross paths with a black man on the street in Chicago or Los Angeles, and not put my hand over my wallet, or look down, or even wonder if one of them has a gun or a knife. These are things I have never done, even that one time a black man did have a knife, and used it to get fifty dollars out of me. I’m putting this all out on the line right here: black people, just because one of your kind once held me at knife-point doesn’t mean I, by any means, have any dislike of you.
…to moving on to the PSP/LocoRoco issue, ultimately leading him here:
Man, it’s tough work being a white blogger every once in a while. This world we got here, I tell you — it’s quite the fixer-upper.
Some would call its tone “irreverent” or possibly “satirical”; towards the end of the article I’d think it comes closer to “painfully privileged”. It’s hard for me to read and understand, myself, because he tends to turn up the attitude in each successive paragraph until he ends up sounding appallingly negligent.
(It’s worth pointing out that he’s actually a contractor from Sony of Japan, but, as far as I can tell, he doesn’t do anything related to blogging or PR for them.)
In other news: I picked up True Crime: Streets of LA for $5.30 used from EBGames. We’ll see if this bodes well or poorly.