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  •  It reminds me a bit.... (0+ / 0-)

    .....of the way racism is acknowledged but displaced in many video games. For instance, in Skyrim one of the Ten Races is black, the Redguards. But there is no prejudice against them. Instead, the targets of prejudice are the two so-called "beast races," the feline Khajiit, who are mainly itinerant traders, and the reptilian Argonians, who usually get stuck doing the shit work. At least one of the major cities in Skyrim won't allow either Khajiit or Argonians through its gates, and the Argonians have a recent history of being raided and trades as slaves by some of the other races.

    Gender and sexuality gets much the same tiptoe-around-the-edges treatment. For instance, again in Skyrim, you can get married to someone of your own gender, and no one bats an eye. But if you do, you'll be the only gay or lesbian couple in the whole game -- none of the NPCs you meet are in same-sex relationships. This leaves society in the odd situation of approving something that its members never seem to do themselves.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 01:03:24 AM PDT

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