Were you looking for something to be mad about today? How about a new game released on the Steam Store earlier this week called “Kill The F*ggot.”
One enterprising bigot has put his coding skills to work making a game about killing gay people. The game, which was briefly uploaded to Steam only to be pulled mere hours later, awards points to players for killing gay and transgender people in a first person shooter scenario. Points are deducted if the player accidentally kills a straight person.
The game is the brainchild of developer, “Christian shoe promoter,” and feckless garbage person Randall Herman. When contacted by gaming and tech site Ars Technica about the game, Herman told reporters that the gaming and developer community was “”overly sensitive and easily offended.” It easy to see how players would be offended by a game that announces “AIDS carrier eliminated” when a player strikes a target and tracks how many “Transgender Freaks” players have killed.
Herman has vaguely indicated that the game was intended as satire to lampoon both violent gaming culture and the social justice conscious internet community. Early players, including YouTube gaming critic Jim Sterling, didn’t seem to think the satire claim held any water. Many players responded by leaving angry comments, reporting the game to Valve administrators, and allegedly sending the developer hostile emails until the game was finally removed.
YouTube games critic Jim Sterling uploaded a play through of the game. Warning: Contains Course Language and Adult Themes
One hopes this will be the end of Randall Herman’s game development career. Perhaps he can fall back on his previous project, selling shoes “with one goal in mind: to promote the words and teachings of Jesus Christ through quality footwear.” A Kickstarter launched for a skate shoe company with that very mission also failed to find an audience, but now that Mr. Herman is no longer welcome on Steam perhaps he’ll have more time to devote to the project.
The incident has raised questions about whether Valve needs to play a more active role in moderating the kind of content that’s shared on Steam’s Greenlight Platform. The company did institute a $100 member fee in order to discourage pranks and joke submissions. Unforunately it appears that Mr. Herman felt that was a small price to pay in order to promote bigotry and violence. To its credit, Valve’s terms of service do specifically ban “threats of violence or harassment” as well as “any inappropriate content” from the platform. Accordingly the company was quick to remove the game.
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