Racial slur slips into Minecraft translation project

Sunday, 29th January 2012 20:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A scurrilous Minecraft user pulled a swifty on Mojang, adding a racial epithet to the game’s crowd-sourced Afrikaans translation. Lead developer Jens Bergensten apologised for not catching the user, but it should be noted that Mojang does not produce Minecraft’s translations, instead asking fans to pool their knowledge and get the job done. The slur has since been removed. If you would like to contribute to Minecraft’s translation efforts in a more positive way, check out the project page.

Thanks, Strategy Informer.



  1. TheWulf

    Sigh. Some people.

    And the Minecraft community seems to be the biggest cavalcade of jerks and circus of aberrations that I’ve seen on the Internet outside of Something Awful. I read Notch’s tumblr blog, and I recall that originally he allowed comments on it.

    Reading those comments I couldn’t help but think ‘what the hell is wrong with you people?

    Eventually it got to the point where Notch had to shut down the comments section of his blog. He was really nice about it and summed it up with, and this is paraphrased so I don’t remember exactly: “Haha, you guys and your potty mouths.”

    And yet, on the flipside, I’ve seen some incredibly creative works come out of Minecraft, some brilliant things that I’ve not seen anywhere else. So I’m actually more than a little confused about this. It seems that, perhaps, Minecraft was the one game that appealed to every sort of human.

    Intriguing, really.

    And that explains this particular slur, since it’s something that Notch’s original tumblr community would have done without thinking twice about it.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Maxey

    Almost every place on the Internet is full of loud, self-entitled and rude idiots who know no better than to start shitposting every chance they get for no reason at all than to try to fill the empty place where their sense of self-worth was supposed to be.

    Unfortunately, this site is also not safe from that and I think you all know who I’m talking about.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. wiking

    As a South African, I’m a little surprised. Not that a racial slur popped up, but by the choice of word. When it comes to racist terms in RSA, there’s far more commonly used words than what was used.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. TheWulf

    @3 – They were trying to be clever and hoping to not get noticed as quickly as if they’d used something more common.

    #4 3 years ago

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