Black gamers claim zombies in new video game called them the N-word, sparking controversy
A heated debate exploded online after several gamers reported hearing what sounded like the ‘N-word’ from zombies in the new video game Back 4 Blood.
Shortly after beta testing for Back 4 Blood opened to the public this week, gamers noticed that one of the screams from zombie enemies sounded similar to the ‘N-word’ racial slur.
“What did you call me?” questioned one black gamer in a viral video, after a zombie ran at his character and made the scream sound effect in question. Another gamer also went viral after he expressed his shock at hearing the sound in the game.
Bro they gotta do something with this line pic.twitter.com/5As1I6oDlA— Dotodoya (@DotoDoya) August 6, 2021
The debate blew up further after gaming news outlet Kotaku weighed in on the “unfortunate” zombie scream.
“I feel safe assuming the folks making this game didn’t intentionally record or include a sound clip of a zombie yelling out a slur,” wrote Kotaku editor Zack Zwiezen. “But the clip sounds so similar to the word that, this early on, before the game is released, it might not be a bad idea to change or remove it from the game altogether.”Also on rt.com ‘Clearly you’re not against racism’: Fans lash Juventus women after tweet showed player doing ‘slant-eyed’ gesture
Zwiezen’s suggestion that the sound be removed upset many fans, who accused him and others of attempting to make controversy out of nothing.
“They know damn well the damage they could do to a game/studio by pursuing this baseless narrative, but they do it anyway because it generates attention: the one thing they’re desperate for,” claimed one social media user, while another wrote, “I listened and they’re clearly not saying it.”
Zombie : "groan with blood in his mouth some random noise thats sound like : NWEBLAH"Twitter : ah yes the N-word— ☢️ 🔞athomicritic 🇧🇪 🇭🇰 (@athomicritic) August 8, 2021
Others on social media, however, argued that the zombie “definitely” said the n-word.
Understand your ears might be trained not to hear the word but that zombie definitely said it— IG: Killland_Dee (@ohsoyou_dee) August 7, 2021
Bro that zombie definitely drop the N bomb— javon jackson (@bcooks13) August 7, 2021
“Listen. I’ve been doing VO for 20-plus years and I just don’t see how that is left in the game in 2021 if not on purpose,” tweeted black actor Gary L. Gray. “Whether it be straight from the actor or post production, that has been edited to sound like that. There are people that signed off on that.”
Back 4 Blood development company Turtle Rock has not yet commented on the situation.Also on rt.com UK police confirm 11 arrests following racist online abuse suffered by England Euro 2020 penalty miss trio
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