Umm...Okay, this is a question I hear a lot.
I mean A LOT.
I don't just mean from e-mails. This is a question that has been asked repeatedly since FFXI first came out.
Just last night, I got an e-mail about this.
Where are all the black people?
One of the first things players notice when they start playing FFXI is that there are very few character models that even suggest a variety of real world races.
They then immediately race to their nearest FFXI forum to comment on this fact.
I read those posts and die a little inside.
Now, some of you may think this is silly, but I can understand this being a big issue. Some people like to create characters that resemble them personally.
That could prove kind of difficult when the blackest hume character available is this guy:
This has always been a pretty big deal.
At least... It could have been a big deal.
I know when the game first came out there were many cries of racism and prejudice.
That might have been true if it weren't for the fact that the only Asian face is this guy:
How are these two topics related?
Well, the game was designed in Japan.
By a Japanese company.
And was originally released only in Japan.
Assuming we were going to throw around the idea of prejudice and racism, wouldn't one think there would be a higher proportion of Asian faces?
Like more than one?
There's only eight freaking hume faces to begin with. How much diversity could we really have?
I'm all for getting angry over stuff, but I think it's time we put this to bed, people. This one was a real non-starter in terms of stuff to get pissed about.
95% of the time, you only get to see the back of your own head anyway.
Can we all just get over this?
Trust me. There's no racism or prejudice at play here.
We're cool with everybody.
Unless you're retarded.
Is retarded a race?
I don't think retarded is a race.
It'd be a heck of a slow race.
Bah dump psshhhh.
Please stop e-mailing me about this.
I can't take it anymore.