Video game producer, Morgan Gray rolls a skee ball dead center when he talks about the representation of black characters in video games nowadays. Peep his steez (Is that still black slang?)
“Here’s the thing: Cole Train on his own, no harm no foul. But what is Cole Train? Cole Train is basically like every other effin’ black character in a video game. Like here comes the urban stereotype. Where is this 1990’s — not even 2000 — black slang, where does this fit in this futuristic world that doesn’t even take place on Earth? They go really far to do a lot of fictional justifications for this culture that they’ve built, and they go right back to this urban stereotype for the black character.
I’m not knocking Epic; the game was fun and gorgeous. But it’s just a lack of thought, right? All it does is reinforce dumb stereotypes and it sort of reinforces casual racism.”
Not only is the Gears of War character, Cole Train, a dullard ex-athlete (I’d be offended if I were an athlete), if you stay around after the game ends, you get to see Cole drop some pretty inane lyrics that only rival hypeman Fat Man Scoop in being over- the-top obnoxious.
At the same time I’d applaud the producers of Mass Effect. Not only can you customize your character’s appearance, the character you create talks like reg folk, meaning decent English sans the ‘ain’ts’ and ‘Wha happened?’