In The New 'South Park' Game, Skin Colour Changes The Level Of Difficulty
If you didn't know this before, now it's definitely official: South Park doesn't do things like other people, and they will never stop pushing the limits of political correctness.
Their famous off-colour gags are also sprinkled throughout the numerous video games based on the comedy series. And the newest one, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, contains a feature that might be a little shocking for some people.
In the RPG, you play the New Kid, a.k.a. the "Farting Vigilante," a young super-hero who is trying to get rid of bad guys in small-town Colorado. To do so, he enlists the help of Cartman, Kyle, Stan and company, and relies on his super power (explosive farts).
But according to Eurogamer, the difficulty of the game changes according to the avatar you choose. When you begin the game, you have to create your character by selecting their hair colour, clothing, and skin colour.
But this isn't just aesthetic, because the darker your skin colour, the more difficult the game. Your skin colour also has a bearing on the amount of money you start out with and how other characters speak to you.
In other words, the darker your skin, the harder it is for you. Basically, the South Park creators are the first ones brave enough to be honest about racial inequality in a video game.
While you wait for South Park: The Fractured but Whole to come out, remember that the show's 21st season will be airing on Comedy Central starting September 13. Icing on the cake: Comedy Central is airing an epic eight-day marathon leading up to the season premiere.
South Park: The Fractured Butt Whole comes out on October 17 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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By Mégane Choquet, published on 11/09/2017