I’m not completely on board with this article accusing Left 4 Dead 2 of a certain amount of racism, but there’s definitely some food for thought within:
…L4D2 is not satire. Instead of Neil Young, we get Lynyrd Skynyrd in the form of the Midnight Riders. In the quote above, Chet explains L4D2 is not trying to be “subversive commentary.” While this is an admirable attempt at avoiding exploiting the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina, the game is set in a post-catastrophe New Orleans-like city. At the same time that they are trying to create something sensitive to the survivors of Katrina, they are striving for realism in a disaster stricken New Orleans. It is disturbingly too easy to play the “Left 4 Dead 2 images or photos of Katrina?” game. No, this is not from a safe-room wall. I wish FEMA, I’m sorry, “CEDA” was subversive commentary. I wish there was a more meaningful answer to “why New Orleans?” than because the French Quarter is a cool setting for a first person shooter. To answer my question above, no, we would not be having this discussion if the game was scheduled to come out the day after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, because the game would never have been released onto store shelves.