The War Z Producer Drops An F-Bomb. No, The Bad One.

Look, I get it. People who cheese, camp, or whatever word fits the given instance of legal cheating in a video game are the WORST. Well, the worst on a list that doesn’t include people who think Big Bang Theory is a good show. So I understand when you lose your cool a bit and want to just go off on those sumbitches. But, you know, maybe think before you swear, or you’ll end up like Sergey Titov, Producer of The War Z. He took to the official The War Z forums to talk about his own experience playing, and in a fit of either laziness, or unintentional freudian slippage, he kind of stuck his foot in his mouth and then used that foot to fling excrement into the fan.

Here’s what he said:

I’m trying to play at least couple hours a day every single day. Getting killed a lot, but 80 percent of all kills are ‘honest.’ I’m just being careless. I’m not trying to hide. 20 percent are sh***y kills by f**got’s who’s spawn camping, or by guys who just want to play the shooter and shoot everyone in sight.

Oof. Obviously, this caused something of a kerfluffle. The post was soon scrubbed of the offending content, and The War Z’s press rep issued a statement seeking to stem the outrage. “Knowing Sergey, I can say with confidence that he has no prejudice against homosexuals,” the statement said. “[it's] just a poor and inappropriate choice of words.” Ya think?

We’ll take them at their word that Sergey isn’t a homophobe. But come on, seriously, not cool man. Look, I get that people who do these things are really annoying, borderline cheaters who kind of ruin things for everyone. (Indeed, this is why multiplayer level devs make such an effort to design levels with an eye toward preventing campers.) But Zeus on a cracker people, how on earth is it ever appropriate to drop horrendously offensive slurs like this in the middle of expressing frustration about it?

Swear words exist for a good reason, and that reason is that calling bad players ‘rascals’, ‘blunderbusses’ or ‘curs’ makes you sound ridiculous. But in a language as rich with profanity as English, there’s just no excuse for dropping hateful slurs. All it does is reveal that when push comes to shove, you really have sh*t improv skills. I’m happy to help. The next time some douche is really ruining your online play experience, why not consult this list of almost profane epithets that don’t involve attacking someone based on who they are:

Constipation Engineer
STD Wrangler
Tortion Sack
Pus Face
Acne [Relevant genitalia]
Person who likes the band ‘Fun’
Undecided voter
Mange Hat
Wii lover
President James Buchanan

You’re welcome.

Via GameSpot.

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25 Comments on The War Z Producer Drops An F-Bomb. No, The Bad One.

Keese

On October 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I don’t really see how this is a problem. He’s just being a human, and the fact that people are getting upset about it is just sad. Saying F**got doesn’t mean he is saying that they are homosexual. It’s just a slang way of saying they are uncool. People really should get over themselves.

Ryan

On October 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Oh boy, here we go with all this politically correct bull. If anyone is seriously offended by this, then they deserve to be called a got. Like Keese said, that’s not calling them homosexual. Get the over it, seriously. God, I hate carebears…

Patches

On October 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm

And another Political Correctness vs Free Speech catfight…

Ross Lincoln

On October 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Replace the f word with the n word and ask yourself if it’s just another PC freak out.

Jacob

On October 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

You spent time to write whole article about someone calling someone “got” ? Also in a manner like it is not only newsworthy, but also like a precaution for others…
The political correctness propaganda must be going stronger and stronger in US.
Articles like this help to uphold it and are a form of self-censorship (“look look! we’re pc too! We definitely, strongly hate people who hate people”…).
US’s supposed to lead the world, not sit all day with a dictionary, fearing to even speak its mind in case someone won’t like it.
Well I don’t like it, that you can be considered well spoken and nice games producer if only you offend people, using selective vocabulary.
I can call someone a “sheep hugger” or a “got”, but somehow I believe only the latter will get a bunch of * treatment….won’t it? Cause public shouldn’t be exposed to such blasphemy like calling someone “”, just with some stronger words, right? But accusing someone of sticking it into sheep? pfft, that’s all ok for the media.
I had better opinion about Gamefront journalism.

MIke

On October 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

The fact that so many people can go through life and let mere words send them into such an uproar is a sobering signal at how pathetic people have become.

Ross Lincoln

On October 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Conversely, the fact that the people who have been historically the targets of said words have also been the victims of horrifying oppression makes the uproar a little less nonsensical.

Jacob

On October 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

The fact that you use terms like ” f word” and “n word” already puts your journalism in a cage. One spends time excelling in vocabulary gymnastics, instead of conveying his thoughts as he really meant it…I wonder how long does a journalist spend thinking how to express himself in PC manner, or have they been already conditioned? Do they already write ‘n word’ on the run…or still have to go back and check if they haven’t used the full word…?
The banned words list will have to grow, because what stops people from devising new meanings for old words? After all got: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/got_%28disambiguation%29
But I guess it’s a matter of conditioning people, not just shielding individuals from being “hurt” by words (“sticks and stones…” comes into mind).
Crimethought at its best.

MertvayaRuka

On October 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

“The fact that so many people can go through life and let mere words send them into such an uproar is a sobering signal at how pathetic people have become.”

Yep, it’s really sad how some people will twist themselves into knots to justify using archaic and juvenile slurs as if the entirety of free speech will be imperiled if they can’t scream “f**got” at some 14-year old on xbox live.

Oh wait, that’s not what you meant at all is it.

Ryan

On October 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I understand my first comment was pretty harsh. However, I’m really sick of the whole political correctness thing. As with all things in life, CONTEXT IS THE KEY. Someone getting angry over people’s behavior in a game and calling them a F**got – OK, whatever. Someone intentionally insulting a homosexual individual by calling them a F**got – NOT OK. This situation is clearly the former, so like I said, just get over it.

T Wal

On October 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I’m just waiting for Colin Moriarty to post another anti-political correctness article and complain about how people shouldn’t be complaining.

SupremeAllah

On October 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Sticks and stones.

People who get upset and cry over words are the ones who are pathetic.

This guy was in the wrong ONLY because he represents his product and the companies publishing and producing the game.

That having been said, if this was just some guy playing some game, it really shouldn’t matter. Having “sh!t improv skills” is really a stupid argument. How is it any different from hearing/seeing half the stupid stuff you see peopel type/say in games? Calling someone a “baddie” or “smacktard” or some thing is somehow more creative or intelligent than whatever? I think not.

But the reaction you get from calling something the former or latter lets you know whether or not you got to somebody. And generally, the people who are so simple minded as to be offended by the words are the ones you get the reaction out of, which effectively, is the whole point.

Ross Lincoln

On October 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I might have been attempting to provoke a laugh with that improv skills line…

quicktooth

On October 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

>.> You know, people HAVE become pathetic. BUT! The whole human race no longer LOOKS, AT FIRST GLANCE, like it is goint to collectively commit SUICIDE!! THAT’S SO AWESOME!! We MAY NOT NECESSARILY kill ourselves, all at once!!!!!! Ahahahahahahah o.o. Nukes people, remember they’re still roving the world, on U.S. planes and subs and ships. Our race leaves me at a loss for words sometimes. And people take such pains to insult Elves… I think I want to be an Elf. Or a Dwarf. Or maybe a Troglodyte. Troglodytes have no issues at all with racial suicide. Life as a Troglodyte… might not be so bad… I’d look forward to a much more CERTAINLY long life…

Fag

On October 25, 2012 at 6:23 am

Lol only s complain.

Ross Lincoln

On October 25, 2012 at 8:24 am

I’m pretty sure everyone gasping for breath about the audacity of criticizing someone for using a hateful word thoughtlessly have never themselves been the victim of prejudice or hate. If it’s no big deal, then why not drop the n-word casually in public. I’m sure people won’t mind if you’re clearly not intending it in a racist sense, right?

MertvayaRuka

On October 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

I’d be laughing at all the people talking about the horrible oppression of political correctness and “crimethought” (it’s thoughtcrime, by the way, if you’re going to use a term from fiction to make your hyperbolic point you could at least get it right), but the fact that they’re actually ing serious about it is less funny and more pathetic. “ZOMG, having to think about before I say it is so HARD, this is worse than being on the Trail of Tears with Hitler!”. Yes please, tell me how difficult your life is because you can’t say “f**got” or “n**ger” without someone getting angry at you. Really, I understand, not being able to constantly be an inconsiderate must be very taxing. I’m just having a hard time giving a about your whining when there are kids offing themselves over like this. Take your own advice and grow a thicker skin; you’ll need it to deal with the fact that other people aren’t required to remain silent when you’re being a .

Erik

On October 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

No, he’s not just being human, he’s being an ignorant dildo. It’s not “political correctness” to ask that the people who are producing a product not call 20% of their users an anti- slur. I know the Internet is lost, that “got” means “jerk” to way too many people out here, and I’m just resigned to it. But this is not some XBOX Live teenager calling somebody a for beating him at a video game, this is someone in a professional communication calling the people who play his own game gots. If Sid Meier lost a game of Civ 5 and called his opponents a bunch of dumb s who just used nukes instead of going for a cultural victory, would that be okay?

I don’t give a if everybody does it, it’s not okay, and it’s especially not okay for somebody in a professional setting. If I told my boss the guy I’m interviewing is being a big -shiner and won’t return my calls, I would be fired. If my boss e-mailed a client and told him to stop being such a , we would lose that account. But because it’s a video game, it’s okay for him to call his customers gots? No. you.

MertvayaRuka

On October 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

@Ross Lincoln:

“If it’s no big deal, then why not drop the n-word casually in public. I’m sure people won’t mind if you’re clearly not intending it in a racist sense, right?”

Oh they do drop those words in public. When they’re surrounded by friends and they’re fairly certain that no one who might take offense to it is nearby. That’s the main reason they get so bent about this stuff. The internet is one of the last places where they enjoy relatively few consequences for being idiots and they’re terrified that it might not stay that way. For all their talk about how weak everyone else is, the idea of anyone actually getting up in their faces about this frightens and upsets them. Naturally I find this very amusing.

Keese

On October 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Have any of you actually played The War Z? If you have, you might understand why the developer might say such a thing. You can spend hours and hours gathering materials only to lose it all when a player killer (someone who just kills other players for the fun of it) comes up behind you, hits you on the head with a flashlight, and takes ALL of your stuff off your corpse. Those kind of people ruin his game, and it’s frustrating to deal with.

Rho

On October 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

F**got is not necessarily a homosexual. It’s a state of mind and behavior and not a sexual orientation.

Speaking of dropping f-words or whatever-words in one of your latest articles, Ross, you said (I’ll quote): “Yesterday, PCGamesN brought us the news that some d*cks have managed to hack Planetside 2″. Don’t you think that someone’s innocent d*ck might get offended by this? No, I kid – the “real” issue here is that there were some articles about female gamers here, on gamefront about how they are being ignored, mistreated and offended by gamers community and whatever. Don’t you think that calling anonymous hackers d*cks might offend females. I mean you don’t have the exact info on these said hackers gender, do you?

You see how quickly picking on words can slide down to stupidity and absurd? Worst thing is that you’ll have a hard time if someone decides to seriously ruin your day and claim that you offended him with some words. After all he doesn’t need to prove that he’s really offended.

MertvayaRuka

On October 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

“F**got is not necessarily a homosexual. It’s a state of mind and behavior and not a sexual orientation.”

Ah yes, the South Park argument, in which the sage wisdom of a few privileged straight white guys magically undoes decades of what the word was actually used for and continues to be used for today. What’s your next trick, “I have friends and they don’t mind when I say f**got”?

“Speaking of dropping f-words or whatever-words in one of your latest articles, Ross, you said (I’ll quote): “Yesterday, PCGamesN brought us the news that some d*cks have managed to hack Planetside 2″. Don’t you think that someone’s innocent d*ck might get offended by this? No, I blah blah strawman blah blah disingenous comparison”

Yeah I was just talking to a straight guy who had his house burnt down and the word “d*ck” scrawled on his vandalized car because his neighbors saw him kissing a woman and this other straight guy who got the sh*t kicked out of him by a group of women who kept calling him a d*ck, said nobody, ever.

“You see how quickly picking on words can slide down to stupidity and absurd?”

Oh I see it all right. But all the stupidity and absurdity is coming from the side of the people defending the use of those words. The word is used to imply that the person it is being used against is less than a man, weak, feminine, et cetera, the same way “p*ssy” is. All these mental gymnastics to try and avoid that connection is truly ridiculous when coming from people who claim to be tougher than the people offended by it.

Matt

On October 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I don’t understand what the problem is – we’ve used a term for decades that was born to demean a specific group of people, and many members of said group have unofficially asked society to stop using the term. Why defend this one word that probably meant nothing to you until someone said you couldn’t use it? Stupid entitled s.

MertvayaRuka

On October 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

“Why defend this one word that probably meant nothing to you until someone said you couldn’t use it?”

Because the privileged fear the loss of that privilege.

Dane

On October 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Who cares if he swore? I am really sick of political correctness, and even more so now that it is becoming ever more present in the gaming industry. Its obvious he didn’t intend to offend homosexuals. Just write about the games for sake. That’s why i come here