Is racism in online gaming the fault of the games – or the players? []

Is the world of online gaming racist? Thursday was the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination or, if you prefer, Don’t Be Racist Day. But for many black gamers there is unlikely to have been much respite.

According to a study in the latest issue of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, Microsoft’s online gaming platform Xbox Live has become a new home for “the overt racism that used to permeate our society”. The study followed a group of African American gamers whose voices and use of language identified them as black to other players. It found they suffered racial abuse “on a daily basis”.

This is unlikely to be news to most online gamers.

via Is racism in online gaming the fault of the games – or the players? | Technology | The Guardian.


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3 responses to “Is racism in online gaming the fault of the games – or the players? []”

  1. Jackson Dev says :

    Well, what can I say, this is mostly about the players. Game creates character and it is the matter of user’s perspective.

    Many players especially in shooter game like modern warfare or battlefield, compromise of players who are isolated from the rest of the world. This what cause them to act aggressive and last, racist.

    • plerudulier says :

      I don’t play and I felt the question was rather odd (simply because I don’t believe one can be racist when playing and not when in real life) but as I thought it might be of interest for others I decided to share what I had read.
      Thanks for taking time to leave a comment – Pascal

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