An investigative article about the new Shantae Kickstarter at The Penny Arcade Report has strongly resonated with many gamers who feel that video games have become more and more white dominated.This article by Andrew Groen accurately shows the new Shantae game for what it really is, white propaganda. With permission, we have reposted the entire article and we wish Mr. Groen the best in his future investigations.
If You Support The Shantae Kickstarter, You Might As Well Join The KKK
By Andrew Groen
The latest trend of gaming Kickstarters featuring white protagonists has got to stop. First it was the Mighty Number Nine, then Shantae Half-Genie Hero and now River City Ransom Underground. At least the creators behind two of these projects are standing by their white supremacy message; however, the creators behind Shantae are sneakily trying to disguise their white propaganda after turning the main character brown. As you can see in the picture above, they initially created Shantae to be a white character instead of her traditional tan or brown color. The creators clearly had a white power theme going on with this new game. Fortunately, many gamers called them out on being racist and they quickly recolored her. This is not enough for me though, how do I know that the rest of the game is not about how whites are the superior race?
I admit that I am a white person, but that does not stop me from being colored on the inside. I feel for those who were extremely offended by WayForward’s attempt at trying to make everyone feel white. Black, red, yellow, it does not matter to me. You are what you are. Do not be afraid to show it. I can proudly say that I am white without any fear so neither should you.
Somehow, I feel when this game gets released, everyone will overlook this whole white controversy. Everyone will just talk about how wonderful the game is and not talk about the real issues that are at stake here. Has everyone forgotten that we play video games to incite change in society? Video games made nerds cool. We can stop racism. We just have to put our minds to it.
I have never been so offended by a game since King of Fighters XIII on PC and this Shantae game is not even out yet. Just out of principle, I will not play it when it comes out; however, I have decided to preemptively give this game a 0 out of 10.