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…The Orange Box is racist?

Team Fortress 2

Buyers of Valve’s The Orange Box quickly discovered that Team Fortress 2 is one of the best multiplayer games out right now.

Using class-based warfare, players assume a role that they must follow until they die. If they want to be a medic, they must spend their time healing other players. If they want to be a pyro, they’re armed with a flamethrower and they must spend their time burning everything in sight.

Though it makes for great gameplay, it does bring up one question: Why is the only black character in the game a grenade launching drunkard?

Games aren’t necessarily known for their racial sensitivity, but this seems to go a bit beyond mere oversight.

What do you think? Was the black player’s role intentional, or did someone just press the black button at the wrong time?

[The Montoya Herald – Playing Offensive]

[Valve – The Orange Box – Team Fortress 2]

[Wikipedia – Team Fortress 2]