In fact, in Rwanda for example, the Dutch took actively searched for lighter skinned Rwandans and segregated them from the rest of the population, raising them up to an exalted (but still inferior to true whites) status within the country and putting this new tribe in charge as substitute white people. Then the Dutch packed up and left, abandoning their chosen servants to the very pissed off oppressed majority they’d created, which predictably resulted in genocide.
I guess I’ll just start by trying to explain my own personal views on the subject. Personally, I don’t really care what sex a game has me playing. I prefer to play men in general because I’m more comfortable with it, and depending on my mood, may not play a game where female is the only choice, but that says nothing about my thoughts on the game. Just how I’m feeling at the time.
I have even less problem with playing another race. Sure it bugs me slightly that asians are even less represented than black people, but then it bugs me that Polynesians, Micronesians and Melanesians are practically non-existent, and I’m not any of those ethnicities. Hell, when you do get to play a black person, it’s pretty much always an african american, maybe african british if you’re lucky. Never an African though. So yeah… Tons of ethnicities are not just under-represented, but are in fact unrepresented. If you aren’t going to make a big deal about all of them it’s pretty hypocritical to make a big deal about just one of them while claiming you support racial equality.
Continuing that specific discussion we were having before(and this goes for all games, not just the one the discussion was about): Where do you draw the line? If you’re making a supposedly historical game in a real historical setting but intentionally change it so that women and men are identical not just on a personal level but to the society as a whole, then that presents some obvious problems.
The first is true for any game that goes this route of representing the sexes regardless of setting, which is, why even bother making a choice in the first place? It serves no purpose. In a world where sex isn’t a difference, there’s no reason to differentiate sex. It becomes nothing more than an artifact of our own real world prejudices that makes no sense within the context of the game, and thus, damages the experience.
Secondly, and more specifically, if you’re going making the sexes identical because you “don’t want to offend anyone” but then go ahead and keep all the racial prejudices that were historically accurate for the time and place, (since it’s a real world time and place) you’ve just failed at your primary reason for equalizing the sexes. What makes white women so much better than black men that they are allowed to ignore reality while black men and women are still historically accurately considered subhuman?
Third thing, and the most important. If you fix all the things mentioned above, why bother setting it in a real historical setting at all? I mean, hell, all you really have to do to solve all of these problems is just set the game in a fictional world with real world similarities and all your problems are solved.
Finally, why do people keep assuming I’m angry because I don’t agree with them? It’s the one thing that actually is making me angry.