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EA Sports Should Probably Pay a Little More Attention to Players’ Skin Tones (Pic)

by: Esteban On  Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ryan reaves mad at ea sports skin tone

St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reeves just signed up for Twitter on August 19.

Six days later, his fifth tweet ever has been retweeted 3.9k times and favorited 4k times.

That’s a pretty good start, and he owes it all to EA Sports’ failure to take a more nuanced approach to skin tone.

You see, Reaves is bi-racial. His dad, a former CFL player named Willard Reaves, is black. His mom is white. So Ryan’s skin tone is similar to that of Jarome Iginla, Chris Stewart, and Evander Kane. But apparently the folks over at EA Sports have better things to do than try to match skin tone, so when they created Reaves’ character for NHL 14, they used the same shade as P.K. Subban.

The result is pretty ridiculous, and Reaves—who apparently just discovered this—is not happy.

EA Sports’ NHL 15 is scheduled to hit stores September 9. Hopefully there’s still time to correct this before it ships.

Of course, if it turns out that this is from NHL 15 because Reaves somehow has an advanced copy, then I guess EA is just screwed.

Hat Tip – [Extra Mustard]

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