The Alpenwolf: â??racial conflict is the de factoâ?? in gaming

The Alpenwolf: â??racial conflict is the de factoâ?? in gaming
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

January 28th 2009 at 4:25PM

Do developers lack the confidence to tackle other issues?

Develop’s columnist The Alpenwolf has been looking over the controversial issue of conflict in video games, and how developers need to turn their attention a other issues that are all too often ignored.

Citing the fact that game makers’ obsession with worlds embroiled by wars tend to focus on racial tension as a motivation for bloodshed, The Alpenwolf ponders the lack of confidence in addressing issues relating to sexual, religious and political tensions.

“As the graphics in games have become ever more realistic and sophisticated, it becomes increasingly obvious that other game elements simply have not kept pace,” suggested The Alpenwolf.

“This is not necessarily a bad thing; escapism is an important aspect of entertainment, especially in these financially turbulent times. But is the player’s desire to play a hero more satisfactory or less if the conflict in which he takes part is one that is convincing and emotionally credible?”

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