Well, I just wanted to start by saying I think that offensive things are funny. I don't know how many people find this funny... And I want everyone to know that I'm not a racist guy or anything...But I'll fire away anyway (please don't throw things at me):
Well, I've been sick with the flu lately, so in one of those flu-fuled bursts of madness I came up with a horrible idea: a pac-man clone 'Black Man' where you went around eating steros. It would be part of a mini-game collection called 'Steryo Type Madness' (it would inculde steryo types for everyone, inculding Caucasions. ) Now, if this would push the envolope to far, then let me know... I won't post it.
I wanted to check with everyone here first, because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings or make them angry.
Fine Garbage since 2003.
-Paying off a massive amount of debt in college loans.
-Working in television.
As long as it's done tastefully and tactfully you *may* be able to get away with it.
I did a comic character called Ethnically Confused Man who had powers related to ethnic minorities. No one could attack him because he'd say they were being racist, lol.
Bad guy: "Prepare to die, hero!"
ECM: "<gasp> I beg your pardon!?"
Bad guy: "...What?"
ECM: "You wouldn't have said that if I was white!"
Bad guy: "But- but you *are*-"
ECM: "Are you referring to my colour, panty-boy!?"
Bad guy: "What colour? You just look like-"
ECM: <confrontational> "Look like what?! What do I look like!?"
Bad guy: "You-"
ECM: "SAY IT!!"
Bad guy: "You just look NORMAL"
ECM: <gasp> "DO YOUR INSULTS KNOW NO BOUNDS!!??"
Bad guy's accomplice: <to bad guy> "Yeah, man, quit it, we all the same colour inside, man"
Bad guy: "Wha-? I'm NOT insulting him, I'm just TALKING!"
ECM: <to bad guy's accomplice> "PFFT! Prejudice never shows any reason!"
<ECM wanders off leaving Bad Guy confused>
Oh, I also made a platformer about ethnic stereotypes too.
Ireland had quite prudently waged war on the rest of the world, so you had to team up with a crack group of soldiers from all over the planet to try and carry out various missions.
The Americans all had the best guns but they'd always run out with their guns blazing and no thought for who they were shooting at. They'd also throw grenades to take out one man. They also tended to throw grenades in a corridor, then run into that corridor with machineguns blazing and get blown up by their own grenade.
The English were more careful, but they only had a powerful but slow-shooting handgun. You also lost control of them around tea vending machines (so in the middle of a battle scene your character would stop and casually get a drink whilst being shot at).
The Italians were general all-rounders, but they all had mustaches, and they would always stop to look at pin-ups with girls on (just like the Brits with vending machines). You also had to be careful only to use them to fight battles that were hard to win. If it looked like they could win easily (ie: 5 italians vs. 1 irishman) then they would surrender and turn on you.
The Chinese were rubbish with guns but great at close combat. Their downside was that if they saw an animal they'd kill it and start eating it, which made them susceptible to ambush.
The Germans were some of the best soldiers. But they didn't work well with British soldiers (and vice versa) - they could sometimes end up turning on each other for no reason.
The Swiss had unique abilities. They were great at cracking codes and had some brilliant gadgets. But in a firefight they'd freak out, run inbetween everyone and yell 'Can't vee all jusst get along!?'
"Say you're hanging from a huge cliff at the top of mt. everest and a guy comes along and says he'll save you, and proceeds to throw religious pamphlets at you while simultaniously giving a sermon." - Dustin G
For something to be racist the context has to be there. Look at some "edgy" TV comedies - full of people saying racist things, only the joke isn't that "<ethnic minority> are stupid", it's "<speaker> has incredibly stupid stereotypes". I wouldn't have a problem with a game making fun of stereotypes, personally.
I don't give a toss personally, I've been reading 'Rocket Nigger' on The Friend Society and think it's pretty neat. However, someone's going to get pissed off. The kind of people who get pissed off about this sort of thing, however, are loud irritating morons who are going to be a major pain in the ass about it. So I'd advise not doing it, at least for public release. You could always just distribute it to those of us with a sense of humour.
Interesting, if you can find someone good enough to make the graphics, you can make it & post it with a warning on DC [Warning #1; Turn away if Easyly Offended] [Warning #2; Ignore Warning #1 if you find black jokes amusing!]