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Left over code for “Feminist Whore” skill not in final version of Dead Island

Thursday, 8th September 2011 19:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Oh boy. Hello opened can. I would like you to meet this pile of worms I am trying to shove inside of you.

Dead Island was released on Steam in North America this week, and it was broken. The version released on the service, as you are all aware of by now, was a pre-release dev build. The game’s publisher, Deep Silver, promised to release the correct version as soon as possible, and apologized for the error. While a mistake like this was unfortunate, and the apology seemed to be accepted by the gaming community, today, Deep Silver is once again apologizing – only this time it’s due to a line of code found within the mistakenly released dev build.

According to a Steam post which has made many a round or two on the internet this morning, the line of code “Feminist Whore” was found listed as a skill for the character Purna – an ex-police officer turned celebrity bodyguard. It is assumed for now, that this skill was eventually renamed Gender Wars, which is in the final version of the game, which provides an extra 15 percent damage to male enemies.

Both Deep Silver and Techland, the developer, have issued statements on the matter. Each are posted below in full.

“These unfortunate actions were of one individual at developer company Techland and do not in any way represent the views of publishing company Deep Silver,” read a statement from the publisher to Tracey John (via Joystiq).

Techland’s response to Eurogamer reads: “It obviously violates professional and ethical standards at Techland and should never have happened,” Blazej Krakowiak, international brand manager, told Eurogamer. “We’re investigating this right now and we’ll issue a statement later. “For now, I can only express my sincerest apologies for this incident and assure you that whoever acted so irresponsibly did not represent the views and opinions of Techland. I’m equally sure that aside from the author of that unfortunate line of code, everyone at the office is as disturbed by this as you are.”

And finally, Techland’s response to Tracey John: “It has come to our attention that one of Dead Island’s leftover debug files contains a highly inappropriate internal script name of one of the character skills. This has been inexcusably overlooked and released with the game. The line in question was something a programmer considered a private joke. The skill naturaly [sic] has a completely different in-game name and the script reference was also changed. What is left is a part of an obscure debug function. This is merely an explanation but by no means an excuse. In the end that code was made a part of the product and signed with our company name.

“We deeply regret that fact and we apologize to all our customers or anyone who might have been offended by that inappropriate expression. The person responsible for this unfortunate situation will face professional consequences for violating the professional standards and beliefs Techland stands for.”

Dead Island is out in the UK on Friday.

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  1. DarkElfa

    Finally, a game for feminist whores everywhere.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 HAHAHAHA!!!!! :D :D

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Talkar

    Honestly the feminists are really doing more harm than good x)
    Then again, i don’t get what the big deal is. In the country i live, it isn’t a big deal to swear, people say stuff like holy shitfuck on a freaking stick, on a daily basis, whore is far from being in that category (primarily since it just names a profession, and what is wrong with the worlds oldest profession?)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @3 Where are you from? Ireland? =P

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TerraZet

    I swear to god if anyone gets offended at this needs to headbutt a wall in the small chance they might find some goddamn common sense

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Demiath

    Well, the “Gender Wars” name is hardly better since it too enforces a prejudiced and sexist interpretation of what feminism and the struggle for gender equality is all about. To Deep Silver: if you’re going to allow Neanderthal attitudes to flourish at your developer studios, at least have the guts to be honest about it…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. jacobvandy

    @6 Plenty of RPGs where you can play a female character offer some kind of skill that gives you a combat bonus against male enemies (and vice versa, usually). You think they’re all sexist? Lighten up, man…

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Old MacDonald

    6: What do you have against neanderthals? Are you some kind of pro-homo sapiens bigot?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    Can’t wait to hear Germaine Greer’s reaction… Oh wait she could give a fuck what some twat programmer thought was a funny.

    Unlike a few deluded little boys on the Internet, who get their boxers In a twist everytime they percieve their pwecious wittle hobby is under attack by the eviiil feminista’s o_O

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Demiath

    @7 Jokes aren’t funny in and of themselves – they become funny because people who laugh at them share important cultural assumptions..and when that shared assumption is chauvinism, there will inevitably be something creepy about the whole thing. Besides, games like Fallout 3 did the gender-specific combat bonuses a lot more tastefully, if you ask me.

    @8 Guilty as charged. Neanderthals lived the exact same way for thousands of years, whereas homo sapiens has evolved its culture, adapted to the environment, developed useful tools and programmed awesome video games. That said, recent DNA evidence seems to indicate that Neanderthals were pretty awesome to have sex with (since we apparently had a whole lot of kids with them).

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    @10 so, what you’re saying is they were well endowed? I support that decision then.

    *sorry had to be sexist there*

    *god I am tired*

    *sorry*

    #11 3 years ago
  12. hitnrun

    Well…at least it was a video game, and not an independent film.

    Or a political speech draft entered into a TelePrompTer.

    Or an anthology of poetry.

    Or an Introduction to University Campus pamphlet.

    (/runs out of cliches)

    #12 3 years ago
  13. minxamo

    1. Release game with blatantly non-politically skill name ‘hidden’ in it.
    2. Someone inevitably finds it and spreads it
    3. Gaming sites start posting it
    4. Fox news hears and starts bitching
    5. Dead Island gets a whole lot of free advertising

    nothing to see here…

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Stephany Nunneley

    @13 please, do not call forth the three headed beast you mentioned in there….

    #14 3 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    @6: Deep Silver is the Publisher, they publish, they don’t control their developers. Is that what you want? Bet you love Activision. Have you even worked once in your life? You’ll encounter racists, sexists and all kinds of -ists and there is little you can do about it.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. majicship

    Okay, anybody that ever played a GTA game and beat a hooker with a bat just to get their money back should STFU now! That said, I like the new direction that Rockstar is seemingly taking and hope this trend continues elsewhere.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    Gotta love it when guys embrace feminism. That’s about as desperate as anyone is ever gonna get for pussy.

    Fair enough if actual women are offended by it, but somehow I don’t think it’s gonna twist too many panties out there. Women have it pretty good in most parts of the developed world, and I’m pretty sure that most women think feminists are as silly as everybody else does. If you want people to take you seriously, it’s far more effective to develop a sense of irony, than to demand that everybody accomodate you for having none.

    What I wonder is what the fuck happened to gaming. No more than 10 years ago, developers were trying to think up new and inventive ways to tease as many people as possible – These days the self-predicated “establishment” jumps three steps back and scream “WELL I NEVER!!!” as soon as someone tries to be just slightly off-colour.

    Neo-purists, you’re all a bunch of cunts.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @17 That’s hardly restricted to gaming. That attitude has become increasingly common in the world in general over the past few years.

    I blame the internet. You can’t even fart nowadays without the whole world monitoring what you do and spinning it into the dramatic and overblown (no pun intended) story they can come up with. Almost nobody cares about facts or research anymore.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Kabby

    You don’t die by being offended. The world doesn’t end. Suck it up.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. ThePirateKing

    Given that this was never intended to be in the game, and probably only one or two devs knew about it, I think it’s forgivable. What can you expect them to do? Check every line of code their devs write for offensive content?
    Or just maybe they could avoid that, by not releasing the dev build of their game.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    ^^^ This.

    #21 3 years ago