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The Houston Chronicle - Racism in video games? The new norm? Thanks GamePolitics.
One of the games that comes to mind is "Left 4 Dead 2." Though the game isn't out yet, it's already causing an uproar. Set in New Orleans, players will have to fight their way through hordes of zombies - with several of them who appear to be African-Americans. When I saw the first trailer for the game, all I could think about was Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. Setting the game in a city that was scene of dead, bloated bodies floating by so soon afterward was a bad call, IMHO. The city has had enough to deal with -- Valve, you should have spared them, even if it's just a video game.

Sessler's Soapbox - Indie Games Are Important.
The Sess wanted to explain why he thinks games coming from independent developers are so important for the industry and gamers alike. If you bring more creative voices to the table, everyone else has to match their game and be just as innovative, creative and interesting as the other guy. So press play and find out what Adam has to say on the subject.

IncGamers - WoW is Killing Itself.
Essentially, the problem is that WoW has gone off the track. The game gained popularity because it appealed to normal gamers, willing to devote a few hours a day running dungeons and completing quests in a game they really enjoyed. However, WoW has evolved. The game is now catering to a small minority of so-called 'hardcore' players - according to one developers' research, these make up less than 5% of the overall population. The WoW developers have repeatedly discussed the fact that the hardcore players experience is the best, most challenging content in the game; have more skills than 'casual' players, and therefore receive the best rewards. Even normal, average players now accept these ideas as fact.

IncGamers - WoW Is Not Killing Itself.
In Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard really went to town and introduced 10 man raids alongside 25 man ones. When this announcement was made at the WWI in Paris last year the cheer from the crowd was deafening. Bleeding edge guilds certainly weren't happy with losing their exclusive access to the hardest encounters in WoW, but this change meant the majority of level cap players would finally get the chance to see end game content.

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8. Re: WoW is Killing Itself Jul 16, 2009, 12:36 Kxmode
 
Essentially, the problem is that WoW has gone off the track. The game gained popularity because it appealed to normal gamers, willing to devote a few hours a day running dungeons and completing quests in a game they really enjoyed. However, WoW has evolved. The game is now catering to a small minority of so-called 'hardcore' players - according to one developers' research, these make up less than 5% of the overall population. The WoW developers have repeatedly discussed the fact that the hardcore players experience is the best, most challenging content in the game; have more skills than 'casual' players, and therefore receive the best rewards. Even normal, average players now accept these ideas as fact.

No! This Opinion/Editorial is full of fail.

Blizzard felt this wasn't fair to the other 95% to not see all the fantastic end-game content they crafted. So starting with Burning Crusade they made the end-game more inclusive for most player. But they still continued to add hard core elements wherever they could. Needless to say they havenít abandoned the hardcore crowd.

Blizzard first did away with gigantic 40-man raids, and chose 10- and 25-man raid formats in Burning Crusade. They also added an extra layer of difficulty with heroic modes. WOTLK continued the tradition of 10- and 25- sized raids, while adding a new hard mode in Obsidian Sanctum (fight the boss and multiple mini-bosses simultaneously). This new mode is indeed that: hard mode. With hard mode the key to victory is situational awareness. Itís not just the boss but the adds, mini-bosses, and other environmental baddies attacking you.

Ulduar has brought hard mode and situational awareness to a new level. This instance is situational awareness heavy going in! You have to bring your A game on heroic mode. In hard mode it is even more intense. 4-tower Flame Leviathan is a great place to grade everyone to see if they are ready for hard mode. Most aren't. Hardcore players are pretty much the only ones doing Ulduar bosses on hard mode.

Check out the hard mode videos on TankSpot.com to get an idea of the difficulty.
http://www.tankspot.com/forums/f206/
 
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7. Re: Op Ed Jul 16, 2009, 12:30 Ruffiana
 
God damnit! Is WoW killing itself or not! Someone tell me what to believe!  
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6. Re: Op Ed Jul 16, 2009, 12:03 Will W
 
It's because there are people (Al Sharpton comes to mind) who "fight" racism, but stand to lose a ton if they actually win. They're like racism consultants...if they did their job properly they'd make themselves obsolete...so their interest lies in prolonging the feud instead of trying to promote healing.

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5. Re: Op Ed Jul 16, 2009, 11:08 Darks
 
I was about to say the same thing, has anyone looked at the census report for that area? All you had to do while Katrina was happening is see all the blacks that were displaced. I canít agree more that this is nothing more that some dumbass that has nothing better to do that to stir the racist pot and causing issues out of nothing. I personally watched those trailers server times including the game play and never once did race come to mind. Why cant people just let go of the damn hatred and racism? My god!  
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4. WoW is Killing Itself Jul 16, 2009, 10:25 eunichron
 
Would be nice if the people writing these OpEds actually knew what they were talking about. Anyone who has played WotLK knows Blizzard stopped catering to hardcore players a long time ago. In fact one of the primary focuses of WotLK was to cater to the non-hardcore, so that even the casual players that don't have the time to raid 24/7 can experience all of the games content.

Racism in games... sounds like Willie Jefferson is just trying too hard. The Civil War is still a touchy subject? Maybe if you're a deep south redneck that still believes the Confederacy never lost and the war is still ongoing. Eat a dick, douche.

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3. Re: Op Ed Jul 16, 2009, 10:23 space captain
 
his whole article itself is racist.. it promotes inequality  
Go forth, and kill!
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2. Re: Op Ed Jul 16, 2009, 09:56 Bob
 
I'd suggest the author of the article needs to take a trip to New Orleans sometime. The population has a healthy percentage of black people, so it makes complete sense that there would be black zombies.  
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1. Re: Op Ed Jul 16, 2009, 09:30 space captain
 
"the game has black people in it! its racist!"  
Go forth, and kill!
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