Is racism in online gaming the fault of the games – or the players?

Is the world of online gaming racist? Thursday was the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination or, if you prefer, Don’t Be Racist Day. But for many black gamers there is unlikely to have been much respite.According to a study in the latest issue of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, Microsoft’s online gaming platform Xbox Live has become a new home for “the overt racism that used to permeate our society”. The study followed a group of African American gamers whose voices and use of language identified them as black to other players. It found they suffered racial abuse “on a daily basis”.

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