- Jul 23, 2008
Fifty bucks says he gets voiced by Phil LaMarr.
I'm gonna have to be in this boat for the time being. They haven't shown to properly visualize a black character in the past, and no evidence suggests that they're going to. I'm not holding my breath for them to get it right this time.NoMoreSanity said:He better have good characterization if he is not to become some streeotype.
Oh wait this is a Final Fantasy game, nevermind.
You realise that I would have said, "he's hot" or "He is a sexy beast" or something to that effect if I was sexually attracted to him, right?Mr. Squirrel said:
I have, in the past here on the Escapist.Sion_Barzahd said:To me it honestly doesn't matter that he's black.
But as a point, how come no one ever chimed in about how stereotypical Cole from Gears of War is?
I mean i don't see the difference between Gears and Final Fantasy as to how relevant stereotyping is.
well to my understanding Resident Evil 5 will be pretty much nothing but slaughtering black peopledarthzew said:Wow, now this was unexpected. There's going to be a black guy in a Japanese game. Is this a first or are there other black dudes in Japanese games?
Who didn't see that coming?Codgo said:Ohh man, this thread gave some peeps the banhammer.
Didn't Sakuraba and some Japanese Pride commentators affectionately refer to Kevin Randleman as Donkey Kong?Akas said:I knew that this was going to come up...
Japan suffers from the same exact societal syndrome that we do: we ADORE our celebrities, fawning over them no matter how badly they mess up or crash. Think about the number of Black celebrities people in the States have: we have a whole diverse range, from the "stereotypical angry black male" (Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, off the top of my head) to the "subtle, narrator, tired, intelligent black male" (Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby for a while). We in the states might not have perfect racial equality, but at the very least blacks are portrayed a lot more accurate than 50 years ago.
Let me list the black celebrities that Japan has had in the past decade:
Bob "The Beast" Sapp
That's all I can think of off the top of my head. A lot of Southern Japan (like around Yokohama) has a huge fascination with Hip-hop culture, and Blacks who act like ballers down there are the shit, with Japanese girls swarming over and Japanese guys trying to be like them. They love certain aspects of Black culture, but they don't necessarily understand them.
But even so, give S-E a chance. Don't get offended that they're parading it around: they do that with every new tidbit of info. They actually might surprise you and give the black guy an interesting and thought-provoking story, which even most western developers haven't done so far. The worst case scenario is that they just use him for comic relief, but if that happens, who cares? Don't most people here hate JRPGs anyways? Commend them for trying something instead of getting pissed.
Now back to the image: does anyone here thinks he looks a little like Richard Pryor?
Well it's been out for a bit now so I think it probably took them about four minutes.Richard Groovy Pants said:So guys, how long 'till 4chan pimps the guy up with "watermelons" and such? (it's what they do.)
I'm not sure if I agree, but it's what they do. In final fantasy: advent children they had barret with canerolls (or cornrows if you prefer).PedroSteckecilo said:He'd be better without that goddamn afro, it makes him look like a stereotype. Other than that he looks fine.