Uncharted Orientalism: Charts and Nazis

Nathan Drake, running from gunfire and allegations of racism

When Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was first announced in 2006, it incited both intense excitement and a fair amount of sniggering. Common jabs revolved around the fact that Nathan Drake, the titular protagonist, looked like a perfect-skinned Gap model less suited to jungle hijinks than catwalks. The obvious parallels between Uncharted’s hero and established franchise protagonists like Lara Croft and Indiana Jones birthed…