Monday, March 06, 2017
Bad words in video games
Horizon Zero Dawn recently received criticism for its portrayal of different tribes represented in the game and four words used to describe those people: savages, braves, primal and tribes.
On Feb. 28, a Native American writer called out the game in a Medium essay for the descriptive words that historically have a degrading connotation attached. In her essay, Dia Lacina calls out the fact that terms like savages, primal and braves can “reinforce racist and colonialist ideas about indigenous people.” Lacina also calls out reviewers for not picking up on it in their critique of the game and its appropriation of Native culture.
“Video games have been appropriating from Natives both blatantly and obliquely for decades,” Lacina wrote. “And as much as we’d like to hope — it’s probably not going to stop anytime soon.”
Games convey a fantasy world, not a real one