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September 25, 2006

Filed under: gaming»society»class_and_race

Cruising Los Santos

Coincidence is a funny thing. I'm not updating much right now partly because I'm trying to stay ahead of schedule with an article for The Escapist, centered on race and gaming. And of course, as I do research, interesting stories keep popping up. I don't want to spend too much time talking about it before I'm done, but I found this Washington Post story on San Andreas (found via Joystiq) to be fascinating and relevant. It talks about the experiences of two sets of gamers playing GTA: a Hispanic family in South Central LA, and a couple of upper-class kids just down the road from me in McLean. The perspectives are excellent, and I think it does a lot to sum up not just the collision of race and entertainment, but also the disconnect between the rich and the poor in the US. Note the closing lines:

Brendan [from McLean] thinks that "a diverse group of guys, blacks and whites and Latinos" ("and some girls"), came up with "San Andreas." "It's gotta be made by people who know what they're talking about, right?"

With the help of a tattoo artist, a screenwriter and a rap photographer from Los Angeles, "San Andreas" was actually developed in Scotland.

Says a lot, doesn't it?

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