Techland apologises for “feminist whore” code found in Dead Island

It’s been a rough week for Techland, developers of just-launched Dead Island.

Launch reviews of the game have been mostly pretty underwhelming, and then there was a bit of a fiasco when the company accidentally released a console build version of Dead Island onto Steam.

Now somebody over on the Steam forums has turned up a line of code in the game naming a female character skill that does +15% damage to male enemies “feminist whore”.

The name was apparently changed at some point during the game’s development, although references remain in the code.

“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,” he continued.

“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.”

Of course, most people are passing it off as a ‘LITTLE JOKE, HAHA’ – and predictably (if ironically) enough, the response demonstrates exactly why ‘LITTLE JOKES, HAHA’ like this are a problem.

“I don’t think anyone really gives a **** if it offends someone. It’s just a little joke hidden in the game’s files. It’s not a T-rated game by any means, and feminists are *****es anyway. Cry more,” writes Metal_Izanagi, presumably on a short break from his PhD thesis: ‘Why The 1950s Were Better.’

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  • Graal

    Personally I think all women are whores. You'll never find a decent one today. It's better to be gay

  • @"graal"

    u sad, sad little man, did girls not like when u were younger..? all women are not whores… and no1 wants to know or even CARES that u are gay… just because no girls ever loved u.. sincerely, ur a fag.. haha.. nobody loves u..

  • BOB SAGET

    or find a decent ladyboy… best of both worlds = bi-winning!

  • Anonymous

    You guys do know that the only reason these guys still troll using our nicks is because there are idiots like you who are stupid enough to still respond to their troll comments, right?

  • Someonenotconcerned

    Why is this even an issue to begin with? If thats what they call the skill in the code then so be it.

    Who the F goes through all the code and looks for something to moan about (Unless you work for FOX news, then I'd understand). Play the damn game instead!

    Jeez people these days look for anything to cry about. rather fix the issues with Dead Island than worrying about some references in your code.

    We are indeed evolving still it seems..

  • Mossycoat

    @someonenotconcerned
    Things like this are a problem because they demonstrate a deep seated misogynism on the part of the company responsible. While I wish I could laugh it off and say their issues are their own problem and the game should be judged only as a final product the bitter taste it leaves won't just go away.
    The games industry has struggled with issues of representation for many years, and a disturbing attitude towards women still remains. I hate having to define myself by my gender, I feel like I am still fighting battles that should have been dismissed in the 70s. But every time I visit a 'gaming' site filled with half naked women and 'hot-t lesbians' I am reminded that in this small subset of society those battles still need to be fought.
    Then, whenever I feel progress is being made, something like this surfaces and I am reminded that it is not the attitude only of a few trolls but something systemic throughout the genre.

  • @MyGaming

    You Mygaming, this guy get a present for being a Troll and a feminist.
    He might even be a:-
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  • @@Mygaming

    Fail ASCII art.

  • WTF

    I just want to say again, whoever is using Graal's name to post sh*t comments like that, you Sir, are a real a-hole.

  • James Etherington-Smith

    Stupid troll comments are getting deleted and IPs are getting banned.

  • Graal 2.0

    I was under the impression that graal was the name for all troll posts…..and just reset router…so yeah please ban my IP

  • getinthekitchenbitch

    lol what a joke could care less boput code the game rocks ya socks off now cook me dinner woman

  • Graal

    They see me trollin….they hating…..

  • Graal 2.1

    @ Mossycoat
    …are you a “feminist whore” cause it just sounds like you could be. lol..

  • Someonenotconcerned

    @Mossycoat

    Yeah I understand why the "feminist whore" part upsets people and thats reasonable.

    But to go trudging through code and making the company change that IN CODE which no one will ever see unless looking for something to make an issue out of is a bit over the top won't you agree?

    That's like buying a 2nd hand car with loads of issues, and then phoning the company to replace the 1 wheelnut that came from a different maker that you find offensive.

    Nit picking I think.

  • BOB SAGET (your friendly forum troll)

    hmmmm … seems u wont have any users left? lol

  • alan

    Ah shame femnazis are offended. Now at least they'll go down with leprosy

  • Dom

    That water looks crap

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