Whenever I hear someone say something like "So I'm in the line at the store, and there's this black guy in front of me who..." my attention starts to drift, and I find myself thinking, "Okay, is race actually relevant to this story, or are you bringing it up because you somehow you think that race matters here? Perhaps it's because the behavior of the person you're talking about either confirmed your prejudice, or actively went against it, and you somehow feel that makes it an interesting part the the story?"
Either way, it almost always makes the person telling the story sound like a racist idiot, and depending on the situation, I'll often call them on it.
Which brings me to the point of this thread.
First of all, great video. I agree with most everything he said here--especially concerning Avatar--and I respect Adam as a games journalist more than a great deal of the people working in this industry. But it did strike a nerve when I reached this quote:
"The whole idea that a group of predominately white men who play video games for a living, somehow come to a collective consensus that decides where someone can feed their children or take them on vacation for work they've done."
Okay, how exactly is race even close to being relevant here? Do black game reviewers give different scores? Is Adam bothered by the lack of black people in the gaming press, and he's awkwardly working it into a completely different topic? Is it some sort of white guilt?
Any reason I can think of sounds a bit ridiculous, but I'd be happy to hear from anyone who feels that they know where he's coming from.