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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:09am 09/09/11 | 22 Comments
Eurogamer reports that an incorrect version of Dead Island for PC made its way to Steam that featured a line of code referring to a skill called "Feminist Whore", which has obviously raised more than a few eyebrows since being pointed out.

The "FeministWhorePurna" line was find within the Data0.pak\Data\default_player_setup.scr path by Steam Forum goers, and subsequently became the bane of Techland's existence.

"It obviously violates professional and ethical standards at Techland and should never have happened," the game's international brand manager, Blazej Krakowiak, told the site.

"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 added.

"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."

We have a lot of coding type readers across AusGamers, are shenanigans like this commonplace in the coding world, or was this simply a douche stepping over a line?



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LOTUK
Posted 11:16am 09/9/11
Bah, the whoopsie was uploading the wrong game to steam. It was likely just a joke between guys in the office that wasn't meant to be released. Besides, people had to data mine the game in order to dig out a single unused string. Who gives a crap what they put in there.

Hell even if the ability was going to be called Feminist Whore, the only thing that matters is that they DID flag it as inappropriate and remove it from the final game.
gamer
Posted 11:29am 09/9/11
are shenanigans like this commonplace in the coding world


Ohhhh man if I could copy+paste you my email folder 'funny found work code snippets'... without breaking various contracts... you would laugh your arse off.

But yeah... Don’t go digging thru code if you’re going to be that easily offended.
d^
Posted 11:33am 09/9/11
Hah wow, someone's getting fired.
thermite
Posted 11:49am 09/9/11
I worked for a company that did corporate websites, we'd do the CMS, and one of the admin noobs would fill the s*** in. At some point he put in some placeholder content that pissed the client off. I don't know what it was. This story sucks, sorry.
paveway
Posted 11:54am 09/9/11
love the fact there are people nerdy enough to go through each line of code

get a f*****g life
Phandaal
Posted 11:59am 09/9/11
What a non-story. Why is this rubbish on the newsfeed?
Khel
Posted 12:04pm 09/9/11
Yeah, this sort of thing happens in code all the time, though it probably happened a lot more when I was doing games than in other programming jobs. Sometimes its an in joke, sometimes its playing a joke on another member of the team, sometimes its just out of frustration and you end up with variables or data objects or something called "F***ThisS***". Generally though it doesn't last long and gets changed to something less offensive before a release version of the code is built.

The most fun is using #pragma directives to put fake compile warnings in the code. It wasn't uncommon to be building the code for the game and see a "Warning: Excessive David Hasslehoff found on line 2841" or something pop up in the compiler output window.
CHUB
Posted 12:05pm 09/9/11
What is wrong with "feminist whore"? I don't see anything wrong with it, it's MA15+ (18 overseas) game.

My brain hurts :S
Creepy
Posted 12:06pm 09/9/11
Now, why couldn't they have settled on a term like say, D***Wolves? :)
Trauma
Posted 12:41pm 09/9/11
Hahahaha weee ooooo PC police are here.
ravn0s
Posted 12:49pm 09/9/11
Now, why couldn't they have settled on a term like say, D***Wolves? :)


hehe
BillyHardball
Posted 01:21pm 09/9/11
To quote Ricky Gervais:
And remember: just because someone is offended doesn’t mean they’re in the right. Some people are offended by multiculturalism, homosexuality, abortion, atheism – what should we do? Ban all those things? You have the right to be offended, and I have the right to offend you. But no one has the right to never be offended.
crazymorton
Posted 05:04pm 09/9/11
i'm saving that quote ^ for a rainy day. nice one!
Hemerage
Posted 05:28pm 09/9/11
When I was working at Krome, there was always 'bad word' tests which led up to release.

As mentioned, usually a coder ranting in a comment somewhere.

In the end I think the tests were all scripted, and updated each time with new words, so you'd think it would be common practice to check...
dazedandconfused
Posted 06:08pm 09/9/11
Oh no dont insult our moral superiors, the feminists! How else will we know how to treat women and be good manginas?
gamer
Posted 06:11pm 09/9/11
LOL i've seen full blown flame wars in changelogs between coders and absolutly hilarious bugfix comments consisting of "i've got no f*****g idea why this works, but it does... and i've got 19 hours of bugs to fix in 4 hours today, so its staying unless somoene gets rid of that f*****g excuse for a IT manager. She specialised in HR at uni? Why the f*** did they hire her as a IT manager again?"
m3nt4l
Posted 06:22pm 09/9/11
I LOVE feminist whores, they mean I can get slapped for opening a door for someone, and then five seconds later slapped for not opening a door, my job is a greeter, that's part of my f*****g job man.
Tepid
Posted 12:14pm 11/9/11
i cant believe that line was "find" in the code!
Raider
Posted 01:38pm 11/9/11
I like how we were talking about cooking once with a group and 1 of the chicks got all offended saying what because i'm a woman i should know how to cook? No more like because you're a fkn human and need to eat you should learn how to cook you dumb b****. Jebus feminists s*** me off sometimes
Pinky
Posted 02:10pm 11/9/11
Yeah there are 'feminists' and there are 'feminists'.

If anyone said anything other than 'thank you' if I held a door open for them (man or woman) I'd slam it back in their face.

I went to a feminist picnic the other day.

It was great, apart from the fact no one made any sandwiches.

---

"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" quickly became a feminist anthem for women.

Probably because it's really upbeat and fun to do the hoovering to.
Dazhel
Posted 06:56pm 11/9/11
Heh, this "Feminist Whore Purna" affair sounds like it comes from the same moral outrage group that kicked up a stink about Hot Coffee.

Some perspective is sorely needed though - the game in front of them has both female protagonists scantily clad, the entire female NPC roundup seem to only wear bikinis and one of the main male protagonists sings a fake hit song "who do you voodoo, b****?" and their worst complaint is some small piece of code that wasn't even meant for the final build?
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