Tuesday, July 24, 2007

More on Video Games and Race...

I picked up Guitar Hero II a week or two ago, and I'm loving it. It's a blast being able to rock out to tracks like Carry on Wayward Son, Tattooed Love Boys, and Psychobilly Freakout... but...

Well...

Why in the hell are all of the starting characters white?

I'm looking at the characters, and you've got a bunch of white men (Eddie Knox, Axel Steel, Lars Umlaut, Izzy Sparks, Johnny Napalm) and white women (Casey Lynch, Judy Nails, and Pandora). The only non-white characters in the game? Xavier Stone and the Grim Ripper.

Why?

It's not like there's a dearth of excellent non-white guitarists.

I think it's safe to argue that, as far as guitar heroes go, it's pretty hard to top a self-taught, south-paw who played a restrung Stratocaster. What about the likes of B.B. King? Muddy Waters? Chuck Berry? Carlos Santana? Bo Diddley? Chino Moreno? Meshell Ndegeocello? Prince? Lenny Kravitz?

And the song list is pretty white, too. Hmmmm.

There's absolutely no reason why the only non-white character (not counting death) is an unlockable (I discussed this happening before, and what could be done about it).

I love me some guitar hero... so how about adding a little diversity to it in the future, okay guys?

(cross posted at 79 Soul)

5 comments:

Cara said...

Wouldn't it be nice? They didn't add any characters of color after the first installment of the game . . . the 80s version just came out today, but I haven't played it yet. Any word on whether or not there are any new characters? I haven't heard anything.

(P.S. Which guitar hero are you? Yours truly is always represented by the lovely yet badass Judy Nails)

suomynona said...

If one of Meshell's songs was one of the songs you could play, I'd leave RIGHT NOW to go buy it for my new Xbox360 Elite. Even if one of Prince's songs...

Cara said...

One of Prince's songs would be super sweet. But knowing Prince and his extreme protectiveness over his art, I doubt he would ever agree to licensing one.

Roy said...

Maybe, but... well... he did have a track on the Batman soundtrack, back in '89.

But, it's true, Prince seems unlikely. *sigh* I can dream, though. My understanding of the '80s encore is that it doesn't add any new characters. Boo.

I usually use Eddie Knox in his Vegas costume. He's the cool.

assembling words to armory, she waits... said...

i suck at guitar hero. which should be no surprise, considering i suck at almost ALL video games. so i'm definitely bitter. combine that with the lack of diversity in characters, games, and songs, and it all adds up to me pretty irritated with the whole game. the first thing i noticed was its homogeneity, with its generic rocker sensibility and really lame commentary. "turn it up to eleven" ~ still?!? who hasn't heard that spinal tap bs a million times before? and that's not even getting into the sexist/racist junk. if there were more diversity, maybe i'd pick up that guitar again and have at it. til then, i'll stick to sucking at playing my REAL strat, tyvm.