The Division 2 spots and patches out a homophobic slur hidden in in-game graffiti

    
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At least it's not political, right?

The thing about making a large game with lots of moving parts is, well, sometimes you wind up signing off on something you don’t want in your game. Case in point: The Division 2 has had to remove a bit of in-game graffiti of a cop eating a donut. That seems entirely innocent and unworthy of removal… until you learn that this in-game graffiti had the officer’s badge number spelling out a homophobic slur.

Obviously, whoever did this was counting on people eventually finding the reference, although it took a few weeks from the official release of the game before someone did. Ubisoft has apologized for the image making it to the live game and has stated that the company will be examining its content review policies to avoid this happening again in the future. The real tragedy here is arguably that someone decided to add that into the game in the first place, but at least the issue is being addressed now.

Source: PC Gamer via Gamasutra

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Alex Hyer

In a world…… besieged by warfare, death and urban decay… Starving citizens turn to murder, destruction and street justice to get what they need to survive. Political strife has swept across the once proud nation…

But, the graffitti artists remain very friendly.

*dramatic music, explosions, machine guns firing!*

“Hey, you all dumb people. You wanna go do some dang spray taggin’ on that wall over there? Lets talk about how much we dislike this place and wish they’d swiftly come in and fix stuff, so we could be happy again. We should probably ask someone first, make sure nobody owns that wall. We don’t wanna cause a ruckus neow! Make sure that you get the spray paint that is bio friendly too, we’re not animals!”

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G0dl355

Mark my words, eventually a demand will be made to remove any and all gunplay in video games. I give it less than 5 years before we start seeing that. We’re on a slippery slope that gets slicker with every passing year.

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Nathan Aldana

ah yes, one second theyre preventing people from inserting homophobic slurs into the game in what is obviously a cheeky attempt to avoid being noticed, the next second we’re rounding up people for daring to play DOA beach volleyball and herding them into camps.

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Dankey Kang

You laugh now…

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Bruno Brito

Removing gunplay from games is as close as removing guns from america .

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Dankey Kang

I dunno man, they already removed all guns from social media.

Perhaps Battlefield with super-soakers won’t be so bad though.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Ubisoft removing even more politics! *writes an article*

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3dom

Image in the game is a cultural link to “Black Flag” / “Police Story” illustration – which has this exact word written in plain text in a speech bubble. People even wear t-shirts with it.

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McGuffn

So is the entire picture of the cop supposed to be the graffiti or is the idea that someone painted over or added the supposed badge number?

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Godnaz

Eliot calls the street art, ‘graffiti’, which misrepresents the mural piece. The badge designation was not graffiti. It was sadly a part of the mural.

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masterblaster0

Apparently it’s some sort of homage to a 1980’s TV show named Black Flag.

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Armsbend

Life lesson – if you don’t want your deepest, darkest thoughts seen then you probably shouldn’t put it out there.

I thank god every day I burned my “poetry journals” from my 17th year of life.

THANK YOU GOD FOR GIVING ME THE WISDOM TO BURN THOSE BAD…SO BAD POEMS

If I ever go through a Jim Morrison phase again I want someone to shoot me in the side of the head. Not to graze but to kill.

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Bruno Brito

Write for me.

NOW.

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Hikari Kenzaki

The attention to detail in the game is pretty high. I can imagine some jerk got bored and decided it would be funny (or even authentic) to have it in there.

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wratts

I’ll take “how not to work in video game art again” for $1000, Alex

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Malcolm Swoboda

Can I do this if I’m gay? EDIT: which I am

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wratts

Considering the self-loathing that’s all too unfortunately common with people discovering themselves as gay, no. It’s still destructively negative and can’t be easily excused

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Malcolm Swoboda

If you’re going to level an accusation, actually level it.

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wratts

That’s not the way it works any more. The artist’s intent is less important than the impact it has and the awareness of potential for adverse effect

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Malcolm Swoboda

That’s really disturbing.

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wratts

I don’t disagree, but I think it’s the obvious reality