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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]

…It’s TGI Friday: Off The Rails?

Off The Rails

Sometimes, the simplest games are the most fun.

Off The Rails uses only five buttons, but the great graphics and simplistic gameplay will have you pumping your way through level after level.

Just remember to stay on the rails every once in a while.

[Miniclip – Off The Rails]

…It’s TGI Friday: Portal: The Flash Version?

Portal: The Flash Version

Portal brought ‘think outside the box’ gameplay back into the spotlight with a mix of physics and fun.

If you missed out on the actual thing though, don’t worry, as We Create Stuff has created a 2D Flash version for all your portal needs. It might not have the fancy look and feel of the original game, but it’s definitely got the challenge, so see if you can escape.

Oh yes, there will be cake.

[We Create Stuff – Portal: The Flash Version]