|The image name, taken from the developer’s site, is
“coon_groot,” potentially racist and copyright violating!
Last week there was some controversy around a browser-based game titled “Starcoon” from Nnnnice Games, a Netherlands game developer. The developers, surprised to learn that “coon” is a somewhat outdated slur for black people, had to rename the game to “Curio’s Quest” (“Curio” being the name of the name character) to curtail some controversy.
I can only say I’m disappointed, but not surprised. Inevitably, people in the United States are all-too eager to take offense. Sure, if this game had featured a sambo-looking caricature then there would be a legitimate problem, however when it’s obvious that the game features a raccoon, the use of the abbreviation “coon” becomes appropriate and innocuous unless you’re unwilling to commit any thought to the matter. In fact “coon” as a racial slur is very uncommon these days, with only those seeking to be offended by its inadvertent use preserving it as such.
But hey, this is a country where one can’t use the word niggardly despite it having absolutely no connection to the dreaded “n-word” other than its sound.
- Curio’s Starquest (Which still has some of the original “offensive” branding.)
- Starcoons Title Changed Due to Accidentally Racist Language @ Polygon
- Coon Slur @ Modern American History