The above picture shows Jamal Mayers as depicted in EA Sports’ NHL 12, as well as what he looks like in real life. Do not adjust your screens — Mayers really is depicted as several shades lighter in NHL 12. Not that this is a new thing for EA Sports to do; Dustin Byfuglien was also depicted as white in NHL 09 and 10 (I believe this was finally corrected in NHL 11 — someone let me know if I’m wrong).
Now, I’m not going to pretend this is important or serious business, because it’s not. I’m also not going to cry racism (in a serious way, anyway) because I don’t think the programmers of this game are being racist. Lazy, maybe, but not racist. I get the old “frame rate” argument — that the game would slow down because it has to process different skin shades or whatever. But do you really need to worry about that sort of thing on a PS3 or an XBox 360 nowadays? (I’m seriously asking this, because I have neither system.) Is this an issue in other sports games? If so, is Steve Nash black in NBA 2K12? If I were to play as the Winnipeg Jets with all five of their African-American players having their natural skin tones, would a PS3 or XBox 360 give up trying to process the game and die?
Or is it, as a Twitter follower of mine suggested, that the game programmers are “nerds” and don’t realize that people of color play hockey?
At any rate, I am amused by this.
Get ready to have another Blackhawk to throw your Twitter panties at, internet fangirls, because Viktor Stalberg has arrived at @VStalberg!
He joins Jamal Mayers (@jamalmayers), Sami Lepisto (@samilepisto), Steve Montador (@SteveMontador), Brandon Segal (@brandon_segal), and Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13). The Blackhawks have now gone from no players on Twitter to six in under three months. Impressive.
Speaking of Stalberg, he’s in this video about the Four Feathers Golf Invitational, mocking Niklas Hjalmarsson’s golf acumen (or lack thereof).
The Blackhawks logo was voted by The Hockey News’ readers as the best logo in the NHL, earning 18 percent of the vote.
Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook were inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2010 Men’s Olympic Hockey gold medal-winning team. Scott Niedermayer, Roberto Luongo, and Shea Weber were also inducted as part of that team.
The Blackhawks rookies finally win one against the Penguins rookies.
Finally, a sneak peek at the Patrick Sharp bobblehead, thanks to NBC Chicago sports anchor Paula Faris:
The stick is backwards so he can spear the Niklas Lidstrom bobblehead in the balls.