Can We Have Some Hits, Please?
So FAR CRY 4 IS RACIST, then.
I'm as surprised as you are. As far as I was aware, we know almost nothing about Ubisoft's upcoming sandbox sequel beyond the box art and some conveniently-leaked story blurb, but all you need to do is type "Far Cry 4 racist" into Google and the evidence is clear: a whole mess of punditry and backlash calling out...
... well, what exactly?
Still, since every hack under the sun is cranking out something in a bid for hits, I suppose we'd better have a crack at it too. All the cool kids are doing it. Maybe they're on Outbrain. Let's start thumping that tub, hit CAPSLOCK and jump that bandwagon hard. Despite having no actual evidence to go on.
That's literally it.
FILTHY COLONIAL RACIALIST! And also HOMOPHOBIC if you believe some of the more sensationalist complaints. He's wearing pink?! How dare he?!!! SHAME!!!?!
There's no arguing against the DISGUSTING and FLAGRANT prejudice of Far Cry 4 - if you need more proof, just look at our carefully annotated diagram below.
Far Cry 4's director has spoken out to fight their corner, and the leaked story details confirming an indigenous protagonist arrived at a suspiciously convenient time. You're more than welcome to read up on the subject, the links are right there, but frankly I'm not convinced we even need to post them.
Because we know nothing about Far Cry 4. Nothing. Not a sausage.
Yet somehow a vocal proportion of the internet has jumped to conclusions based on a complete and total absence of any real information whatsoever. Not only are most of the arguments completely specious seeing as we've yet to experience the story and meet the characters, but we also suspect that many sites saw an opportunity to grab some cheap and cynical attention by drumming up scandal.
The phrase "making a mountain out of a molehill" has rarely been more apt. There's jumping the gun and then there's pulling the trigger before actually loading any ammunition. Also other clichés.
But hold your horses: perhaps the detractors have a point, because we've seen it before. Just look at this SHAMEFUL example of AWFUL RACISM:
Sickening, I know, but fight back your urge to vomit. The PRIMITIVE NATIVES of Dinosaur Planet aren't capable of solving their own problems -- repressed as they are by none other than the evil RACIST IMMIGRANT Andross -- meaning that it's up to the CALLOUS COLONIAL Fox McCloud to save them from their own uselessness. Even Krystal isn't much use, because she's a lady and girls can't be heroes...
...actually, so it is kinda sexist, but that's... no, we're not here to talk about that. Why not watch one of Anita Sarkeesian's excellent videos to find out why. No irony there: they really are worth watching.
Where was I? Oh yes. Starfox Adventures is RACIST and you can tell just by looking at the box art.
Wait, hang on, no you can't and no it isn't. The fact of the matter is that you can't and shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it's oh so easy to make specious and ridiculous allegations based on a near-total lack of any real evidence or information.
And that's the point here, people. We absolutely should be clamouring for games and developers to be more inclusive, we should be debating and pushing big issues of gender, sexual and racial equality, and there are so many important battles worth fighting.
But this ain't one of them. It isn't even a skirmish.