There’s no denying
that Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an excellent game. The series’ recently
released reboot has received an overwhelmingly positive response from both
critics and players (GamesRadar gave it a perfect score in our review). But despite high praise for
the overall game, there’s been a lot of discussion over whether or not the
representation of certain characters in the game cross the line of political
correctness, especially in regards to NPC Letitia the Trash Lady, an African
American woman who speaks in what is sometimes referred to as slave-era
See a video of Letitia the Trash Lady conversing with the game’s lead character
Adam Jenson, read an official response from publisher Square Enix, and decide
We contacted Square Enix to find out what the publisher
had to say to fans who felt that the Uncle Tom-esque representation of Leticia
the Trash Lady went too far. Here’s what they had to say:
Human Revolution is a fictional story which reflects the diversity of the
world's future population by featuring characters of various cultural and
socioeconomic backgrounds. While these characters are meant to portray people
living in the year 2027, it has never been our intention to represent any
particular ethnic group in a negative light."
What do you think? Does Letitia revive
a horrible racial stereotype? Or is the way she speaks just an earnest (but
perhaps clumsy) attempt to portray poverty in Detroit, 2027? Let us know what
you think in the comments below.
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