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Submitted by TheBeast 1138d ago | news

Dead Island dev offers an apology and DLC

Following a line of code being found in Dead Island that refers to a female characters skill as a "Feminist Whore" trait, Techland have issued a statement that apologises for one of their employees' huge blunders. (Dead Island, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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BabyTownFrolics  +   1138d ago
nuke all things
JoGam  +   1138d ago
I feel like this...Don't release a game with bugs. Play your game and test everything before customer get it. If that happens you don't have to apologize for anything.
Red_Phoenix  +   1138d ago
Every program has at least one bug. This is a well known fact by all programmers. There is no way to fix every bug. Also, the game had to be finished by a certain date, which prevents them from testing everything, and this games budget was not that high, so they probably couldn't afford to hire many testers. Sometimes bugs make for a better gaming experience. Take GTA IV for example.
danielle007  +   1138d ago
Yeah.

Also, as a general rule to follow, DON'T PUT OFFENSIVE LINES OF CODE IN YOUR GAME. You might not remember to go back and fix it. .. Like this.

Srsly, this is the worst launch I have seen for any game .. ever. Uploading the wrong game to steam, needing a Day 1 patch to fix everything, and now .. this nonsense. All within a few days.
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MysticStrummer  +   1138d ago
@Red_Phoenix - If you're suggesting this game has only one or even only a few bugs, I have to assume you haven't played it. It's a mess and should not have been released yet.
AntoineDcoolette  +   1138d ago
Am I the only one to experience 0 bugs with this game outside of a few minor graphical glitches?
SilentNegotiator  +   1137d ago
Maybe people wouldn't be sniffing around the code so much if the game had released less buggy...
WillGuitarGuy  +   1137d ago
Every open world game I've played has had bugs. Its impossible to not have bugs at first.
NCAzrael  +   1137d ago
Personally, I could care less about the offensive code. Anyone who gets butthurt over a simple line of code probably has some other issues they need to look into. People need to grow a goddamn backbone and get over themselves already.

Now as far as releasing a buggy game... If you know it's buggy, don't release it. I'm not talking about hidden obscure bugs that are hard to replicate after several hours of gameplay, either. I'm talking the bugs that pull up a chair, light up a cigarette, and blow smoke in your face to make sure you know they're there. But I don't blame developers for that so much as I do the publishers who push the deadline and force the release. They are the ones who should apologize, and they are the ones who should be fronting the bill for our DLC.
showtimefolks  +   1137d ago
with so many other games i want
and so little time i think i will pick this up in 2012 in a month where there are no big releases.

dead island
driver
bodycount
fear3

4 games as of right now i will pick up whenever i can get them under 20 bucks in bodycount's case under 15
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gamingdroid  +   1137d ago
Personal opinion here, but Bodycount isn't even worth my time even if it was free. I regretted downloading the demo....
Bolts  +   1137d ago
The only game on that list worth buying Dead Island. Best zombie game of this gen.

Capcom wish they can a zombie game this good and Skyrim's melee system better measure up to Dead Island melee.
NCAzrael  +   1137d ago
I got Driver through Gamefly earlier this week. It may not be worth $60, but it's actually a lot more enjoyable than I would have given it credit for. The whole body jumping thing is actually a fun mechanic, although it still makes the story a bit nonsensical. I really hope the next Driver gets back to the more serious tone of the previous games.

But still, it's worth checking out, even if it is just a rental.
subtenko  +   1137d ago
I wanna know who complained. Snoop them out!! Lets complain about everything they like so they can see how it feels when other people nit-pick stupid stuff.

If I can find you at least one video on youtube of someone doing this, I'll be happy justice was done somewhere in the world! "Complainer gets complained about the way their lawn is setup..offends person" Complainers Response on video = priceless

Agree or Disagree if you Agree
Shojin1  +   1137d ago
lol
SephirothX21  +   1137d ago
Who cares? A feminist line of code lol. People are so sensitive nowadays. Harden the f*ck up!
matt801  +   1138d ago
i like freebies!
BattleTorn  +   1138d ago
Where does it say it's going to be free?
Legion  +   1137d ago
I am assuming he is referring to the free DLC mentioned. "Anyone who purchased Dead Island from the online retailer ShopTo should have a redemption code for The Bloodbath Arena pack included with their copy of the game for free."
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OcelotRigz  +   1138d ago
Coolest trait name ever.
SuperStrokey1123  +   1138d ago
Serious? Did they really need to apologize over a single line of code? People are trying to hard to find stuff to complain about... pretty pathetic.
danielle007  +   1138d ago
... When that single line of code is very offensive to certain people, yes - they need to apologize .. . . . . duh.
SuperStrokey1123  +   1138d ago
Get out, thats just lunacy PC BS to the extreme. THere is no need to apologize of something like this.
Caleb_141  +   1137d ago
They've got nothing to lose by apologising and only respect to gain from the people that may have been offended by this. Standard business practice.
NCAzrael  +   1137d ago
First off, "Feminist whore" is such a total oxymoron, so that right there should take the wind out of anyone's sails who seriously want to get upset about it.

And second, people really need to stop getting offended by every little thing. "Oh boo-hoo, someone said a bad word." Grow up or please, quit wasting oxygen.
Silentmerc3nary  +   1137d ago
I cannot believe this is getting so much attention. It was an inside joke. It wasn't even in the game (well, i 'spose it was *in* the game), and the only way to get to it was by looking through the code, which frankly practically no one who plays video games does, or knows how to, for that matter. If there was an exploit or something you could do to get the game to display "This skill used to be called Feminist Whore", then yeah I could see a problem about that, but it wasn't. It was just a guy looking through lines and lines of code. Big deal. I thought it was like an Easter egg when I first saw this "news". Apparently I misread all the articles.
andibandit  +   1137d ago
they should stand by their words, cowards
drosera1  +   1137d ago
Agreed, this world is becoming too "politically correct". Seems you can find something offensive in everything nowdays. Just play the damn game people, it's really fun!
ChrisW  +   1138d ago
Oh, what the hell??? Seriously?!? Oh, hell no!!! To appease stupid crack-headed feminist lawyer whores?!? No! Absolutely NOT!!! Keep your damn free DLC.

In fact, I'm going to start working on a MOD that changes the title of that skill to it's proper name, "Feminist Whore." And if someone does it before me, I will buy them breakfast at the Mustang Bridge Ranch.
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danielle007  +   1138d ago
Or maybe they offended a bunch of people needlessly, and they should apologize.

I understand that guys are the majority on here, and the typical feminist has a bad rep, but they shouldn't have had that trait name in there, regardless. That would be like having the black guy having a trait that's a racial slur. It's obviously not necessary, and it's obviously offensive.
SuperStrokey1123  +   1138d ago
Or perhaps militant feminists need to stop being so easily offended. But of course that just makes sense...
OcelotRigz  +   1138d ago
People like you drive me crazy.
All the crap and problems in the world and you are complaining about an offensive trait name from a video game?

Go and boil your head, hows that for offensive?
BX81  +   1138d ago
Hmm
I have to agree on this. It's ok to joke around with your co workers but keep your work proffesional and take pride in your work. Work hard, play harder!
GTRrocker  +   1137d ago
Wait one sec, I'll get you a violin...
Getowned  +   1137d ago
I agree with you danielle007 I don't know why you are geting so many disagrees with everyone.It seems people just have no manners anymore this was very unprofessional of them no if's and's or but's.

even seems some people are tring make an excuse to make it ok, some even going as far to say it's ok because there are bigger problems in this world(which he is probably not even doing any thing to help out and try to make the world a better place,and if you're not part of the help you're part of the problem..even fixing the smallest problems is doing the world all the good some times it's the little things) It was'nt right that they put that in their game but it was good of them to apologize and give out free dlc.
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NCAzrael  +   1137d ago
WARNING: This post may contain offensive material.

I really want to meet someone who was offended by one line of code that they never would have seen had someone else not found it first. And I really want to meet someone lacking enough intelligence to realize that the phrase "feminist whore" is complete rubbish.

I'd really like to take one person who was offended by this and make them spend an evening in my house just so they can hear all of the random, offensive things that get said. If "feminist whore" gets your dander up, I can't imagine how long it would take before the house battle-cry of "Bitches!" gets you all worked up. Never mind the constant comparing of someone's actions to the Nazis, or the opposing accusation of being Jewish. There are plenty of things far worse than this that get spewed forth from my roommates and I on a regular occurrence.

The thing is, everything that we do or say is not meant or taken with the slightest bit of offense. Words are just words, and once you realize that you take away their ability to do any harm. It's the people that get upset over stupid shit like this that empower these words to offend people in the first place.

And this has nothing to do with manners in the slightest. It all boils down to one person's (or maybe even a group of people's) sense of humor. "Feminist whore" is funny because it's stupid. It's a combination of two words that don't go together, like "Catholic transvestite" or "lazy workaholic."

Honestly, its stuff like this, all of the big hoopla over a couple of lousy words, that make me wish for a zombie apocalypse.
ChrisW  +   1137d ago | Funny
Hmmmm... I seem to have lost a bubble because of that comment.
Was 5, now I'm 4...

Well, I do most sincerely and solemnly apologize to anyone I offended with a comment written in the way that it was. I will be more than happy to make up for it in some sort of monetary way. How does a year's supply of tampons sound?
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NCAzrael  +   1137d ago
You've got my bubble vote, but don't worry, you can keep the tampons.
ChrisW  +   1137d ago
Well thank you... but are you sure about the tampons? They work great for things like nose bleeds.
knoxin  +   1138d ago
so i pre order because i got bloodbath now it makes that pre order worthless as everyone gets it for free :/
BattleTorn  +   1138d ago
I have it too, but the article wa talking about redeeming those codes...

Did it say it was going to be free for everyone?
BattleTorn  +   1138d ago
Anyone have a idea of what skill if refers too?
Silentmerc3nary  +   1137d ago
Your mom?
Edit: Sorry, that was childish. And *completely* uncalled for. .. ...
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Truth  +   1138d ago
Wow, some people need to get over there selves and being offended by every little thing. It's a skill trait, it's not like the dude said all women are feminist whores. Seriously, people need to stop being so touchy feely and getting butt hurt over every little thing. That rant aside, I do think the game is a buggy mess. I can't go five minutes without seeing some sort of graphical glitch or bug. One of them made me have to reload a save because of a zombie clipping into a fence so I couldn't kill it and free a character. I still like the game though, a lot. It's a fantastic mix of Fallout and zombies... minus some of the depth.
beast242tru  +   1138d ago
well i gat a copy of black ops from gamestop for $54 and when i got home it dosnt even work in my ps3 just a blank screen after i play the cd from the xmb and im f*cked because i live in bahamas
smashman98  +   1138d ago
i am loving dead island ive been playing the game all week.

Is everyone really having issues with it. I thought it was just pc gamers
GTRrocker  +   1137d ago
If they called it "Honkey Mc Cracker skill" I seriously would not care. Get over yourself, along with your sex, sexual preference, and race.
hadouken007  +   1137d ago
When's the ps3 patch commin. ?
TheHean  +   1137d ago
This is some funny Shiznite!

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VaddixBell  +   1137d ago
I just hope someone has lost their job over this... anyone offended just needs to lighten up...

But I think they're being overly reactionary to it... I haven't seen anyone writing huge editorials over something that wouldn't be seen in playing the game normally.
Protag22  +   1137d ago
Wait, you HOPE SOMEONE LOST THEIR JOB?

What kind of moron are you? Nobody deserves to lose their job over an offhand throwaway skill name that WASNT EVEN THE FINAL NAME.

The games code was never meant to be looked at,especially in this build. It's like goign over to someones house, hacking into their computer and suing them because they once looked at a racist joke on sickipedia.

Get a life, seriously.
VaddixBell  +   1137d ago
Whoops, I meant I hope they didn't. It was a mistake. I wish I could edit it.

If you read the rest of the comment you probably could tell I thought people were overreacting to this and they were going to far out of their way to fix it...

My mistake but calm down.
VaddixBell  +   1137d ago
I meant hope they didn't.
Hazmat13  +   1137d ago
its a good game but the graphical problems are pain like being stopped for no reason or swing at zombie neck only to go through without damage. little things but it would be nice to fix them.
TBONEJF  +   1137d ago
I always wait a few weeks or a month or two before buying a new game. No matter what was release it will always have bugs in games n glitches. Thats why I wait before rush out and buy it.
DOOMZ  +   1137d ago
Who cares, the game is awesome!!!
Sarcasmology  +   1137d ago
You slice people in half in the game, and a word offends you? Why do none of these companies have balls anymore?

I'd be telling the people that are offended to go slit their throats...then they'd have something to be offended about.
wenaldy  +   1137d ago
Feminazi won't be happy about this, but hey since when have they cared about video games???
iNFAMOUZ1  +   1137d ago
Bugs or not, I finished the game without any sort of bugging issue, and I loved it, thing is, devs are giving a certain amount of time to finish their game, and finish coding, most games have bugs because they didnt have sufficient time to finish the de-bugging, other AAA money fueled games are granted more time because they are an established franchise which the publishing giants know are going to sell regardless of delays or not. Imo, deep silver deserves a round of applause and all the sales they can get from this wonderful game. From me to you deep silver, THANK YOU FOR THE AWESOME GAME THAT IS DEAD ISLAND!, I'm having a blast, and I sincerely hope you guys make a second one =).
Kee  +   1137d ago
Yeah, it is an open world, it's gonna have bugs. I'm thinking of picking this up soon.
mrmancs  +   1137d ago
who gives a *uck? feminists are the dumbest most touchy foul mouthed ba*ards there is , even worst than a normal females!!
kaicooper  +   1137d ago
this game still a Dev shitty ver on Steam?

graphics r cool..some stuff looks great

sadly u cant smash everything..

by the way

LEFT 4 DEAD 2 waaaaaaaaay better than this
Redstarkachina  +   1137d ago
Offensive behavior has been around the gaming industry for years and it even shows how they hire only white people and saying only they know what a true game would look like. That is an insult to Asians, Mexicans, and blacks. I am just going by the stereo typical jargon the gaming industry go by. I don't know how they live with themselves just working with one color surrounding themselves. This is america I thought which stood for WE THE PEOPLE.

But feminist whore is an oxymoron.
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