Art Imitating Life: This New South Park Game Gets Harder If You Choose A Black Character
Cartman: “Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life."
How can we forget that famous Scandal moment when Papa Pope told Olivia, "You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have?"
Well, art is again imitating life in the South Park headquarters. A new video game based on the popular animated series incorporates racial life dynamics, Kotaku reports.
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The game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, will have its difficulty settings based on the skin color players choose in the game's character creation screen.
Preview gameplay footage shows that the game's difficulty slider goes from "Easy," the white option, to "Very Difficult," a dark skinned option. In a fun twist on gaming world defaults, if a player wants to play the game on "Normal" mode, they have to play as a person of color.
According to Eurogamer, the skin color of the player's character will determine how Non-Player Characters (NPCs) react to the character in various situations, and will also affect how much money your character is able to earn for their work.
“Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life,” South Park’s leading character, Eric Cartman jokes as you select your skin color.
Race isn’t the only thing that affects gameplay, either.
Players can also choose if their character is male, female or neither. After choosing your sex, you are asked to chose whether you are cis or trans.
In Eurogamer's playthrough, its reviewers decided to be a transgender young woman, and found themselves under physical attack by transphobic South Park residents.
If all of this sounds interesting, you'll be able to play the game yourself soon.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole releases on October 17th.