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Dead Island Riptide Offers Up Bikini-Laden Statue, Publisher Quickly Apologizes

Unclear if the bundle in question will still be sold, however.

There are multiple collector’s editions of Dead Island Riptide being produced worldwide, but the UK one caught the eye of many a blogger and tweeter this morning, due to its bikini-focused statuette.

No arms, no face, no legs-- just boobs. The statue in question was only for the “Zombie Bait” edition in the UK.

The outrage was quick and pointed, and it seemed inevitable publisher Deep Silver would be forced to respond, especially since this wasn’t an international promotion.

Deep Silver has since issued an apology. The statement in full:

“We deeply apologize for any offense caused by the Dead Island Riptide “Zombie Bait Edition”, the collector’s edition announced for Europe and Australia. Like many gaming companies, Deep Silver has many offices in different countries, which is why sometimes different versions of Collector’s Editions come into being for North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

For the limited run of the Zombie Bait Edition for Europe and Australia, a decision was made to include a gruesome statue of a zombie torso, which was cut up like many of our fans had done to the undead enemies in the original Dead Island.

We sincerely regret this choice. We are collecting feedback continuously from the Dead Island community, as well as the international gaming community at large, for ongoing internal meetings with Deep Silver's entire international team today. For now, we want to reiterate to the community, fans and industry how deeply sorry we are, and that we are committed to making sure this will never happen again.”

Here's the problem with this statement: it doesn't even begin to address how this even happened in the first place. The deeper problem with the video game industry isn't that it makes mistakes that result in offensive, sexist incidents like this one, it's a lack of transparency and reflection on how this could be allowed to happen.

It's also unclear if Deep Silver is still planning to offer this bundle. The statement doesn't touch that. I've asked.

You can make the argument that no one would be outraged if this was a male torso with the same lack of bodily features, but c'mon. It’s different when it’s a woman, this is over the line, and Deep Silver should have known better.

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Edited by MasturbatingestBear

thats a lie

Still got my pc version from the summer sale of original Dead Island and I haven't played it yet.

Posted by Wes899

Zombie chan no pls stop gross.

Posted by PatchMaster

Wow, who thought that was a good idea?

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

At there is a warning. "Contains content that may cause offense" Indeed.

Posted by LikeaSsur

Excuse me, Patrick, but is sexism really the issue here?

Posted by Dezztroy

The witchhunt continues.

Posted by MasturbatingestBear

@LikeaSsur said:

Excuse me, Patrick, but is sexism really the issue here?

It's the fact that its just a women's torso.

Posted by Olu

I'm not finansist or relationship guy, but it's seems pretty obvious that this thing exists to grab some media attention, and cause an outrage.

Edited by TheLegendOfMart

Thought that said Bin-Laden statue at first glance.

Also, would there still be outrage if it was a Male torso?

Posted by Coafi

They should do an E.T. and dump all those busts in a desert.

Posted by Milkman

@LikeaSsur said:

Excuse me, Patrick, but is sexism really the issue here?

...Yes?

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Posted by FunkasaurasRex

@LikeaSsur said:

Excuse me, Patrick, but is sexism really the issue here?

And so it begins.

Posted by TheHT

if this happened last year, i think this sort of shit would've been enough to be a contender for "PLEASE STOP".

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Posted by LobsterMobster

This implies that this is OK to people in Europe and Australia. In Australia, you're not even allowed to have something that gory IN THE GAME.

Posted by Make_Me_Mad

I'm less worried about the gender and more about it being a sawed up bloody torso, but sure.

Posted by Tylea002

This Quote:

which was cut up like many of our fans had done to the undead enemies in the original Dead Island.

Makes me uncomfortable. Not only avoiding transparency, attempting to shift the blame to players in a zombie survival game, who likely did not deliberately carve and sell a large-busted torso. Apologizing badly is one thing, attempting to pass blame back onto players is disgusting.

Posted by adamdorsey

Warning: Contains content that may cause offence

NO JOKE, BOX COPY.

Posted by Poppduder

I think the fact that WOMEN are being OFFENDED and with good reason means that there is at least SOME sexism at play here.

Edited by I_smell

HAhaha before you even mention the word "sexism" in any context, you gotta look at that jpeg and just KNOW that you're askin' for trouble. Do these guys not read the internet or something!?

Posted by Animasta

ah, the whole "sorry that you were offended" statement.

CLASSIC

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I bet they did this because they knew it would get people's attention for its awfulness and get people talking about this game.

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Posted by GrizzlyAdams

@TheLegendOfMart said:

Thought that said Bin-Laden statue at first glance.

Posted by FoxMulder

@TheLegendOfMart said:

Thought that said Bin-Laden statue at first glance.

Heh...they're saving that one for the Zero Dark Thirty Special Edition Blu-ray!

Posted by DaBuddaDa

I think calling this "sexist" is a little bit over the top, but it's a tasteless product regardless. Glad they've at least acknowledged it as such.

Posted by Triphos

I dunno, they were dedicated to making sure nothing like this ever happens again after the Feminist Whore thing too.

Posted by tombtha940

This is only sexist because ifs a female. If this was a male torso no one would care so in retrospect who is really being sexist? You the People making a big deal about this

Posted by DrBeardface

That's fuckin gross. Why would anyone want this?*

*Note: I'm asking as to why a non-pervert/non-asshole would want this.

Posted by NMC2008

"It’s different when it’s a woman, this is over the line." - PK

Why?

Edited by dr_mantas

You might call it sexist, tasteless, offensive, whatever. I don't really see that.

I just think it looks bloody awful.

Posted by Clonedzero

anyone actually offended by that needs a punch in the god damn throat. seriously people.

patrick needs to stop his sexism witch-hunt. "omg look boobies! thats sexist!" the fuck?

Posted by ThePilgrums

So gross. What exactly was the reaction they were expecting out of me? Way to condescend to male gamers and insult female ones. Classy stuff.

Posted by aquamarin

@Coafi said:

They should do an E.T. and dump all those busts in a desert.

Posted by JegHarEnHat

I don't see the problem. If anything, it's so grotesque that it's funny, and if you're seeing a sexist issue with this, it's because you're looking for one. The only outrage here is that people outside the UK for some reason aren't allowed to get it.

Posted by Psychohead

@Tylea002 said:

This Quote:

which was cut up like many of our fans had done to the undead enemies in the original Dead Island.

Makes me uncomfortable. Not only avoiding transparency, attempting to shift the blame to players in a zombie survival game, who likely did not deliberately carve and sell a large-busted torso. Apologizing badly is one thing, attempting to pass blame back onto players is disgusting.

Exactly! To not only shirk responsibility, but to then try and frame it this way? Fuck you, Dead Island.

Edited by GalacticGravy

I'm, personally, just sick of stupid statues coming with collector's editions. I love collector's editions for the art books, making-of DVDs, soundtracks, etc. I don't have room for statues and nicknacks. I love Fallout, but I do not display my Vault Boy bobblehead. It's just taking up space. It's the reason I didn't buy the Skyrim collector's. A fucking huge statue of a dragon? Sorry, dude, but no thanks.

Edit: For the record, I'd like to add that my first inclination wasn't that of sexism. It's just stupid. Once people stop shelling out cash for "sexism" it'll end. Once sexism becomes something that hurts sales rather than helps, it'll change. Your wallet is a more powerful voting tool than any ballot box.

Posted by hurtfulmadmax

@NMC2008 said:

"It’s different when it’s a woman, this is over the line." - PK

Why?

QFT

Posted by Tits_Matador

Clearly, in order to make this not sexist they should realease a version that comes with a torsoless, legless, speedo wearing, male crotch. Then everyone can be equally offended. And therefore happy.

Posted by LikeaSsur

@Milkman said:

...Yes?

I think the following sums it up perfectly:

I'm less worried about the gender and more about it being a sawed up bloody torso, but sure.

Posted by jjnen

They should've just said that they don't know how to implement sex and violence into one memorabilia.

Posted by Mister_V

If only they had announced this yesterday. HMV could have been saved.

Posted by truman_capote

For as tasteless and dumb this is, I don't think they should be forced to remove it just because it hurt people's feelings. So what if it's offensive?

The puritanical, 'your rights stop where my feelings begin' kind of thinking eschewed in these articles isn't good for any creative medium, even video games and even when it's tangentially related like this.

Posted by EvilKatarn

I think it's hilarious that this happened. Goes to show how little power gaming journalism truly holds, where all that happened last year was tension over this kind of stuff.

Also I don't care about Dead Island, nor would I buy this horrendous piece of crap.

Posted by tremors

"You can make the argument that no one would be outraged if this was a male torso with the same lack of bodily features, but c'mon. It’s different when it’s a woman" Why? I think the statue would be equally dumb regardless of gender. People who are upset just because it is a woman's torso probably aren't completely free of the sexism they claim to decry. It's dumb because it is a dismembered torso, not because women are fragile and need protecting.

Posted by dr_mantas

@hurtfulmadmax said:

@NMC2008 said:

"It’s different when it’s a woman, this is over the line." - PK

Why?

QFT

QFT x2

Edited by CatsAkimbo

I don't really expect transparency on something like this. They fucked up, of course they're not going to release a report about the details of their fuck-up. There might be a lack of reflection on this industry-wide, but you can bet there will be meetings galore internally at Deep Silver after this. The industry/community didn't let this happen, they all called it out as horrible as soon as it surfaced, which is the correct response and should've been the response as soon as someone brought it up in some meeting at Deep Silver.

Posted by chilibean_3

The statement show no understanding of what the issue is. Which is worrisome.

Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1

I don't know what everyone's getting so upset about. That torso describes 50% of the first Dead Island.

Posted by OriginalGman

"It’s different when it’s a woman."

Um, isn't that the definition of sexism? Discriminating based solely on gender?

Posted by ChrisTaran
but c'mon. It’s different when it’s a woman

The most sexist thing I've seen Patrick ever write.

Posted by Gordo789

This is kind of a bummer. It's a bummer that they made this stupid thing, but it's even more a bummer that the internet is having a circle jerk of self-righteous indignation about it.