‘Dead Island’ Code Reveals Controversial ‘Feminist Whore’ Skill

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Sexist Code Left in Dead Island

If you were one of the gamers eager to play Dead Island and purchased the game through steam, you may or not be a little flustered that the game you downloaded was a totally incorrect build of the game. Techland was quick to respond and address the issues, also releasing a lengthy list of day 1 Dead Island bug fixes, but still, the first day was problematic and you likely couldn’t connect online to enjoy multiplayer.

As annoying as it is to see such a thing in modern video game releases, if the game is now patched and rectified, it’s not too big a deal for consumers who can now enjoy the game. What may even be a far bigger issue however, is that the developers included some rather controversial choice words in the coding of the game in describing the skills of one of Dead Island’s playable characters.

Purna was the last announced playable character for the co-op, first-person, hybrid RPG zombie survival game known as Dead Island. She’s a cop turned bodyguard, and also “Feminist Whore.” Woah.

Yes, those exact words are used in the game Dead Island but not in the actual gameplay, instead in the code. A Steam user was poking around the coding of Dead Island and found that phrase used as a second name name for one of the character’s in-game skills. The actual skill is called “Gender Wars” in the game, but in the code it was alternatively written in as “FeministWhorePurna” – a skill, funny enough, that grants the character 15% more damage against male zombies. Other skills have differing names in the code as well, but for obvious reasons, this one stood out and the user posted it on the Steam Forums.

Before anyone blows this out of proportion, launching unfair accusations against the team at developer Techland or publisher Deep Silver, an official response was quickly made.

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 naturally 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.

It’s a shame it was left in as the inside joke is surely not representative of the actual beliefs of the employees of Techland and we hope this bit of negative PR isn’t taken as representative of the teams behind the game or its quality. We’ve met some of the good people behind Dead Island at the events we’ve been to where the game was showcased and like anybody else, a mistake can be made or something could be overlooked. It was not meant to be there and it surely will not happen again. Check out the Dead Island co-op trailer to see what the game is really about.

Wait a minute, a 15% bonus against men? That’s sexist!

Dead Island is available now for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Source: Steam Forums

TAGS: Dead Island, Deep Silver, PC, PS3, Techland

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  1. What happened to the world? Nobody can take a joke anymore. Everything has to be politically correct now :(

    • Completely agree. WWE even got criticized for having John Cena make innocent gay jokes to The Rock a few months back. This country has gotten soft.

      • Agree it’s stupid that we just can’t laugh and move on.

    • Agreed. This is plain stupid.

  2. Oh come on, it’s no big deal. Nobody is really THAT politically correct to get so insulted over a tiny thing like this. Really? Live and let live.

  3. I think a feminist whore got pissed about it and that’s why it’s on blast now..

  4. I think the term is misleading and just plain wrong. Seriously “feministwhore”…feminists are far too busy blaming males for everything bad in the world and their lives to actually have sex.

    Everyone knows this.

    • Feminists can’t be prostitutes?

    • Feminism is about pointing out inequalities wherever they exist, whether they’re about gender, sexual preference, race, or anything else. “blaming men” only happens when it’s relevant.

      You should try learning about what it actually is, and maybe you’d get a little bit more sex yourself. <3

  5. who cares this is by no means stopping me from owning this game haha its a word who cares?!this game is a great game and everyone makes mistakes and i bet u those who get offended by it make jokes about men so what no one cares this game is great and its in the code and the guy who found it is prob tryna find a way to hack the game any ways this should be sealed to where no one can rewrite or dele the code from the game anyways thus preventing hackers in the game

  6. Sure! Lets leave this in the game! But to make it fair, lets also give insulting skill names to the rest of the team!

    Lets give sam a skill called n—-r thug that lets him get more loot drops from enemies, and give Xian an ability called bad driver that makes her do more damage to enemies with vehicles. (I’m sorry!)

    If stuff like this would make anyone angry and not be ok, then why is it okay for this one to be in? Lets be consistent here guys.

    • Rhue is right i think that would make the game better and people better for that matter, or at least the ones that play it. look this is why i think it would make people better, first no one is perfect and most people will make fun of that fact, second there are a lot of racial jokes that everyone says yet they dont admit it. so that being said it gets the different races to bond in a sense cuz it makes fun of the people they make fun of anyway only to there face and they will kno its a joke based on raciest remarks that are not always true but are more of stereo types. then again people are more sensitive now a days

    • Rhue is absolutly right!

    • BING! someone has they’re panties in a bunch. chill out. its really not that big of a deal. if you wanna cry about a game cry about GTA or Slavery: the game(yes this is real) the fact that you would compare this to stereotypes is F-ing ridiculous. your playing DEAD ISLAND! a game with Blood, Gore, Rude Jokes and Rape. but you b_tch about sexist joke? WOW lol im sure you’ve never said a joke that you knew you were in the wrong for.(sarcasm)

      • False. Slavery: The Game is a marketing gimmick for a documentary TV series.

  7. People freak out too easily. Seriously folks, lighten up.

    • Lol as far as I can tell, I’m the only person so far even remotely bothered by this, and I’m more bothered by the “OMG LEAVE IT IN” comments than the actual story.

      I mean, they took it out. What’s to be bothered about exactly?

      • Rhue, you’re not alone, and yeah the developers rectified the issue so as far as I’m concerned the matter is closed.

        I am, as always, more bothered by the type of comments I see on gaming websites, and whilst the gaming industry moves forward 2 steps, the idiotic rantings I see on gaming website after website of so called ‘expert gamerz’/commentators push it 3 steps back.

        But then I am reminded, you don’t have to be a prize winning thinker to play games and to participate in such websites.

  8. They wouldn’t be offended it wasn’t true

  9. Well, Fallout 3 had a perk if you were a male that gave you extra damage against women and if your character is a woman it was the same against men…

  10. come on its in the freakin code of the game whos gonna be lookin in there anyways

  11. Is america that protective now? First off it is a harmless joke.But thinking that adding something that’s as harsh as “ni–er thug” is over the top. Not to mention the skill name was in the coding not the actual gameplay.Having something as racial as that would give me mixed feelings about getting this game. I’m black and I can take a joke but the reason I play games is to forget about the stupid things people think of and say. I’m not saying I dnt like some rascist jokes but people tend to take things to far.

    • So calling a woman a wh— is ok but a black person n—– is over the top and you happen to be black. So basically what you mean is everything is ok as long as it doesn’t apply to you right? Gotcha, makes sense… ;-)

      • No you miss understood. I said it was an honest mistake but the fact that you think calling a girl a whore and a black person a racial slur are alike than you need help. I said it was a mistake not that was ok and that since it was only in the coding thenjust change it and things will be fine. I dnt care if it applys to me or not if it goes too far then it goes too far.

        • Yah, you don’t care if it applies to you or not, that’s why your example of going too far always happens to be whatever is against black people and you’re black. I’m sure that’s just a mere coincidence… lol

          Seriously guy, calling anyone a derogatory slur is all just as bad and wrong. There’s no “this is *more* wrong because it specifically offends me” BS… :-D

  12. i love the Feminist they act all uptight but in the bed room they love to be called a whore.

    • And some guys love it when I shove my thumb up their ass, it doesn’t mean I get to do that to anybody at anytime.

  13. This is messed up. I would’ve laughed & asked for more skills like that. Nobody can take a joke. Personally I thought it was hilarious.

  14. Isn’t it fitting with the character, though? I don’t play as Purna but I listened to her story when I was trying to decide who to choose. She seems like the type of person who would say something like “Feminist Whore”.

  15. Yeah, sexism is funny, maybe even funnier than racism. And completely harmless, especially for women. If some feminist whore gets offended, that just shows she has no sense of humor. Everybody should learn to just laugh along with the people who piss on them.

    • Someone pissed in your cheerios I see.

      • You are absolutely right. Unfortunately I only found out after I ate the Cheerios. Now I have to squat and piss on my copy of Dead Island and send it to Techland in a bag with best regards from a feminist whore gamer.

        • Get real, it was an inside freaking joke. There are a lot of other plights in our society that we should worry about. The people that get upset about this must live miserable lives. If something like this gets you upset, then you need a life.
          One question to you tether, were you upset at our VP for calling a certain group of Americans “barbarians”? Were you upset at Hoffa Jr. saying the sob’s need to be taken out?

        • @Tether So a coding that was taken out saying “Feminist Whore” is sexist? And how is damage specifically against men any less sexist? Lighten up fruitcakes.

  16. are people really saying this is too far? i mean really who cares this is america and we dont giver a F**k come on now im mexican and if someone calls me a wetback oh the F**k well who cares its just words if people cant understand that then there still lil kids in my eyes IMO

  17. This actualy makes me want to buy the game now. I hate the PC crowd and anything that gets them riled up deserves my $

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