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Dead Island: Feminist Whore was “bad joke during crunch”

Monday, 12th September 2011 14:06 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Following last week’s controversial events surrounding the discovery of leftover code in the PC version of Dead Island regarding a skill called Feminist Whore, Techland has told VG247 its inclusion just merely a “bad joke” whilst the company was in crunch for the survival horror.

The code was discovered in a dev build of the PC version that was accidentally released onto Steam. A patch was later issued to fix the game, but by the time Feminist Whore was discovered, the damage was done.

“It was indeed a case of a bad joke during crunch time,” Techland International brand manager Blazej Krakowiak told VG247 in an email this afternoon.

“About the inappropriate name in a piece of game code: It was indeed a case of a bad joke during crunch time. It was never, ever a part of the game in any visible way. The skill name in question was just a code ‘handle’ for another in-game skill for a short while.

“During cleanup, one reference to it was missed, the diagnostic/debug file uncovered by one of the users.”

Regardless, Techland has made clear that this should never have happened.

“It still shouldn’t have happened and the person responsible is very much aware of that fact,” said Krakowiak.

He added to us that the person behind the situation is still at the company, although said Techland “don’t expect to make any further updates” on any further decisions “which may be made internally” regarding the staffer’s future.

Techland happy with UK success

Controversy aside, Techland and the game’s publisher Deep Silver scored a huge number one in the UK charts with Dead Island this morning. It’s something that pleases the Polish company greatly.

“UK is obviously one of the most important markets for our games and we’re very happy to see Dead Island at the top of the charts,” added Krakowiak.

When asked about sales or shipment numbers in its first week, Krakowiak couldn’t comment on the figures, instead pointing us towards Deep Silver. We’re following with them now.

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12 Comments

  1. Patrick Garratt

    As I said on the forum a bit ago, I’m fucking loving this game. Took a little while to get going, but it’s definitely a keeper. I’m a bit baffled by some of the review scores. I’m going to read a few a see why it was marked down, because it’s really good so far (15% in, 360 version).

    #1 3 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    Poor guy has probably been sent to a equality awareness seminar *shudder*

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    Nobody except the media cared about this anyway.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Iliad

    Scores are a little weird to be sure – just the small few who didn’t understand the game I think. Apparently Edge have given it 3/10 – which I find astonishing. I know they’re up their own arse, but still, purplexing.

    Completed the game last night (360 version) and, while a non-fan of zombie games past – I’ve loved every minute of this.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. KAP

    Among the bad launch, glitches & buggy save data I’m really loving this too.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Freek

    Review scores are opinions, not scientific data. The more review scores differ from site to site and magazine to magazine the better. It means you can start to see peoples tastes and prefrences. As long as it always backed up by a well written review to justify the score.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    Yeah that buggy save glitch has caused me to lose 6 hours overall. After a certain point on my main save it would save at all. It would say “Game Saved” but it never actually did past that point until I found a cause which is the SIngle player and Online mode so once I put it in Lan mode it fixed itself. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t cringe when it saves “Game saved”

    The game also “ate” some of my weapons when I have died thankfully none of them I particularly liked or used that much but still the bug is there.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. RayEMTFF

    Beat the Game a few days ago and only thing I dont like is that some of the really Strong Weapons that I collected were not there when I wanted to replay that Game. Now I dont know If I want to keep the Game anymore But It really is a Game u need help in LOl some of those levels I just ran by a lot of the Zombies

    #8 3 years ago
  9. horse

    I’m loving this game too. Reminds me of Far Cry 2. The Edge score was odd and it’s a shame they don’t put names to their reviews so I know what to expect from that reviewer next time.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Yoshi

    Nice to see they can still have a joke or two during crunch time then :)

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Maximum Payne

    @10 LOL

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    @9 – Yep, was thinking exactly the same thing about Far Cry 2. It’s definitely got the same vibe.

    #12 3 years ago

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