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how do black, Latino, and white tastes differ?

Guardian LegendGuardian Legend Registered User regular
edited September 2007 in Games and Technology
This is an offshoot of the Japan vs America tastes topic. Throughout the years, I've seen countless posts about Japanese vs "Western" games or gamer preferences, but I've never seen posts that talk about America's different ethnic groups, and what different tastes in games they have. As many of you know, America is one of the most diverse countries in the world, with about 30% of the country made up of non-whites, and many of those people speaking a language besides English as a primary language. Many of America's major cities are "majority minority" too (Houston, LA, New York).

So how do black, Latino, and white tastes differ when it comes to video games? Are they pretty much the same or very different? Most blacks vote Democrat, and most famous black leaders in history have been socialist or communist (WEB Dubois, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.) Support for the Iraq war (before it was launched) was a mere 25% amongst black Americans. Meanwhile, most whites vote Republican and support for the war was at 75%. Different tastes in TV, film, literature, and music are well known, too. I don't know much data on Latino Americans, but last I heard it was about 50/50 when it came to Republican vs Democrat support from Latinos.

And a poll during the Katrina New Orleans event showed that about 5% of black Americans approved of President George W. Bush, much lower than white and Latino support for the President. Knowing this, do you think blacks are more or less likely to play "patriotic" video games such as the Tom Clancy games?

Most of us cannot name any black or Latino video game developers, either, although we can probably eventually think of some TV/film/literature/music created by blacks and Latinos.

And American Blacks have the highest crime rates in the industrialized world. Does this make a black guy more or less likely to play a game that "glorifies" crime, such as Grand Theft Auto or Saint's Row?

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    Atlus ParkerAtlus Parker Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Do developers take the tastes of latino and black gamers into account when creating a game?

    I mean, it's not like they're going to see any sales from these demographics.

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    Gotcha ForceGotcha Force Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I mean, it's not like they're going to see any sales from these demographics.

    god dayum

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    arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    Is that sarcasm?

    Without hard data I see this thread dying in a wreck of fiery anecdotes and racial undertones

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    NarketNarket __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    I mean, it's not like they're going to see any sales from these demographics.

    god dayum

    lol:P

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    TalonrazorTalonrazor Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Do blacks and Latinos even play games? Do they even know what videogames are? Aren't they too poor in Africa/Mexico and busy dying of AIDS/drug wars to play them?

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    LoathingLoathing Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Uh...what?


    /facepalm

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    NarketNarket __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    omg, this is going down hill reall really fast.

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    WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Sweet Mary I hope I don't get in trouble for posting here.

    No, I don't imagine that games are developed with specific racial demographics in mind, or that a person's race will necessarily have anything to do with what kind of games they play. I mean, everybody plays Madden, everybody plays Grand Theft Auto.

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    Randall_FlaggRandall_Flagg Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    woah woah woah

    you are telling me

    they translate my video games into mexican and african

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    SpeakeasySpeakeasy Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I think this should go in D&D, but I'm not sure.

    Anyway, I'm a middle-of-the-road 3rd generation American hispanic (yes holy shit a latino on these boards gb2mexico, etc.), and I don't see how my taste differs from any one else's. Metal Gear, Bioshock, Halo, Prime, IIDX...

    I don't see why I'm supposed to like certain games because of my background.

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    Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    All I learned from global politics I learned from videogames.

    Namely, the Church and their evil false god are the real power behind everything and the cause of all suffering.

    Also, Kill all Haitians.

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    SNESSNES Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Well, this is going bad places fast.

    With the exception of a few, I don't think I've ever seen a game specifically targeted to Latinos or blacks. It just isn't as profitable as pandering to a general American or Asian audience I guess.

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    TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Um, I like good games.

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    TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    SNES wrote: »
    Well, this is going bad places fast.

    With the exception of a few, I don't think I've ever seen a game specifically targeted to Latinos or blacks. It just isn't as profitable as pandering to a general American or Asian audience I guess.

    Samba de Amigo? Thats the best I can come up with.

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    MorskittarMorskittar Lord Warlock Engineer SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Guys, this is sarcasm. He was pointing out how there were some allegedly racist remarks (I'm not taking sides, either way) in the referenced America and Japan thread, and commented that the same wouldn't fly for other races.

    Even though the other thread was about nationalities instead of races.

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    HyperAquaBlastHyperAquaBlast Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Well my thought is why is this thread wrong but Japanese vs Americans right?

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    Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    SNES wrote: »
    Well, this is going bad places fast.

    With the exception of a few, I don't think I've ever seen a game specifically targeted to Latinos or blacks. It just isn't as profitable as pandering to a general American or Asian audience I guess.

    This thread just screams joke thread. I spent the last few minutes looking up any studies/research on it, and there doesn't seem to be much that is:

    A. From a reliable source.

    B. Easy to find.

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    TalonrazorTalonrazor Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    We should make games for americans. Not non-americans.

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    50 Cent's game sold well. I have no clue if it mostly sold to white kids or black kids.

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    LoathingLoathing Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I don't think theres any video games out there (off the top of my head anyways) that are directed at a specific minority/majority/whatever.

    Now, im not saying there are no games directed at certain Large groups of people, mainly why some games never get ported out of thier original country - but then that is also up to popularity of the game when it first is made. If a game is released in Japan lets say, and has little to none popularity, im assuming they arnt going to port it over to NA.

    Or I could be just be talking out of my ass. In reality, I don't care.

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    MorskittarMorskittar Lord Warlock Engineer SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Well my thought is why is this thread wrong but Japanese vs Americans right?

    Nationality does not equal race. There's a pretty fundamental difference.

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    TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Well shit, I was trying to be serious about this in my two posts, then I read the posts before mine.

    Fucking disgusting. Way to go guys.

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    Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I actually played Camelot for a few years and only recently joined a guild with a few black guys in it.

    Best damn guild RvR(PvP) ever.

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    Randall_FlaggRandall_Flagg Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    look

    this isn't difficult

    when you say something about the tastes of an entire race,

    that is racism

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    ZackSchillingZackSchilling Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    This topic is funny because it's no more racist than the other one, but it just seems so awful because it's much closer to home for a lot of us.

    In other news, a new study shows that black people buy the same type of games as white people.

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    Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    look

    this isn't difficult

    when you say something about the tastes of an entire race,

    that is racism

    Even if you have numbers to back you up?

    I mean, If I say the Japanese are crazy about Dragon Quest, does this make me a racist?

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    INeedNoSaltINeedNoSalt with blood on my teeth Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    look

    this isn't difficult

    when you say something about the tastes of an entire race,

    that is racism

    that is... a generalization.

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    MonoxideMonoxide Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2007
    I wanted to post conanface but my host is fucked up so I'll give you this instead.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0tN4qExeVY

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    look

    this isn't difficult

    when you say something about the tastes of an entire race,

    that is racism

    Chinese people like Chinese food.

    OH SNAP

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    MonoxideMonoxide Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2007
    Monoxide wrote: »
    I wanted to post conanface but my host is fucked up so I'll give you this instead.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0tN4qExeVY

    Quotin' dis because I want the last post.

    (Also this thread is either dumb, racist, or a thinly veiled troll attempt, so it's locked)

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