According to a Rockstar Games’ promotional bio for the character of Irish in the newly released Red Dead Redemption, the town drunk is a “teller of tall tales, who’ll try to talk his way out of anything.” Unfortunately for Rockstar, it looks like his creation may result in the need to talk themselves out of the ire of the Irish media.
As reported by GamePolitics, major Irish tabloid newspaper (the) Herald has published an online articlelamenting the use of their country’s name and heritage to represent the figure of Red Dead Redemption’s inebriated trouble-maker. Calling it a “nasty surprise,” they go on to say that the “stereotype of the drunken Paddy will again be taken advantage of” through its elevation in media.
Ironically, the main focus of the article seems to be on the “groundbreaking” nature of the game, hewing closely at times to an outright advertisement as it goes on to discuss the plot, pricing, and budget of the “long-awaited title.” Personally, KokuGamer calls shenanigans on the whole thing, as it seems the Herald is more interested in using indignation to create a snappy hook then then they are to discuss the concept of media-fed steoreotypes.
Nonetheless, it may result in a minor controversy surrounding the character, due to the oft-popular nature of accusations against gaming.
What do you guys think? As a growingly important and consumed media, do games have an allegiance to avoiding stereotypes floating around the public consciousness? Or do stereotypes in media help telescope long-held presumptions, allowing their flaws to be more easily seen? Comment below and let us know what you think about these issues, or about the Herald’s indignation in general.
via GamePolitics: [Irish Eyes Not Smiling Over Red Dead Redemption Character] [Update, 10:19 A.M. Pacific Time: At time of print, I was familiar with the Herald purely on the level of understanding it to be a highly published Irish paper. However, a preponderance of responses have indicated it to be a less-than-reliable ‘tabloid’ paper whose behaviour commonly veers in the direction of the sensationalist and disreputable.
In fact, a Wikipedia search reveals that it is openly categorized as a ‘tabloid…newspaper.’ We here at Koku are nothing if not humble, and as such an addition of the word ‘tabloid’ has been made in the article. Moreover, I shall be more thorough with the double-checking of sources so as to hold them accountable for the quality of their reportage.]