The Afro-descendant gamers rejected a word said by one of the zombies that in English is taken as an offense to this population
In recent days, a small group of gamers around the world had access to the beta version of Back 4 Blood, a new first-person shooter that returns with an environment well known to all gamers in the world: an apocalypse zombie .
The game, which was developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros. Games, also has a cooperative mode in which missions with a maximum of four players will take place. Likewise, as other famous titles such as Halo or Gears of War work , it has a multiplayer mode in which you can choose a human or a zombie to compete against other gamers.
“The creators of the acclaimed Left 4 Dead series present Back 4 Blood, an exciting cooperative first-person shooter. You find yourself in the middle of a war against the Infected. Hosts to a deadly parasite, these humans have become terrifying creatures bent on devouring what remains of civilization. With humanity on the verge of extinction, you and your friends must face the enemy, exterminate the Infected and regain control of the world ”, is the description found on the game’s official website.
Racist video game?
Now, beyond the gameplay, the mistakes or successes that people who have tried Back 4 Blood have seen in the last week, the news that has flooded social networks in relation to this title, are the alleged racist expressions present in the dialogues of some of the zombies.
In networks you can read the complaint of players, who say that on several occasions “the undead” have appeared that, without any censorship , repeatedly mention the word “nigg **” , which is taken as an insult to the Afro population in the English speaking countries.
To prove it, a user on Twitter, whose alias is Da Homma, uploaded a video in which it is evident the moment when a zombie mentions the word, and his reaction after hearing it.
“What did you call me?” said the gamer during a live broadcast of the game.
Of course, this situation outraged online gamers, especially Afro-descendants, who immediately branded the developers of Back 4 Blood “racist.”
“It was not intentional”
Such was the controversy that developed around this alleged act of racism, that the directors of Warner Bros. Games had to go to the media to clarify this situation, ensuring that it was never intended to add this word to the game and that it is just an unfortunate accident.
“Our team has been informed of offensive language that can be heard when playing. This was not recorded nor was it intended to be part of our game. Audio is the result of two different grunts playing simultaneously and when heard together they sound like that word. We are working diligently to solve this problem, which should be solved, either for the open beta or for the launch of the game “, explained the entertainment company in conversation with the specialized site Kotaku.
For now, it only remains to hope that those in charge of the video game take action on this matter and can solve this error as quickly as possible, which has caused the outrage of a large part of the group of Afro gamers of Back 4 Blood in the world.
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