By the Swedes, for the Swedes. The Darkness.

So I just finished playing through The Darkness again. I haven't touched it since I finished it the last time, which was back in 2007 when it was released. I still think it's a fantastic and heavily underappreciated game.

Anyway, since the game is made by Starbreeze Studios, a swedish developer, there is a lot of grafitti and lettering spread about the game that is in swedish. So while playing through it this time, I acitvely looked for swedish words around the world. This is what I found.

"HATA ALLA!" Or "Hate everyone!".

"AIK", A swedish soccer team.

Hard to make out, but it says "Katt", which means "Cat".

"TANT", a word used in swedish for "old lady".

"SLAKT". Which means "Slaughter".

Not really swedish words, but at least it's swedish something. It says "Swedish Smorgasbord take-out" :D.

"Herr. A". Which is pretty much "Mr. A".

Not really a swedish word either, but "øl" is Danish for "Beer".

"Bjorn", almost "Björn", which means "Bear".

"STATY!", meaning "Statue!". And "FRITÖS?", meaning "Fryer?".

Advertisement for some band called "POLIS BATONG", which means "Police baton".

"STHLM". An Abbreviation for "Stockholm".

"ruttengubbe", basically meaning something along the lines of "rotten old man".

Not really a word, but a name. "Krille P". "Krille" is a common nickname for someone named "Kristian". Or it could, and probably is referring to the person who is believed to have killed Olof Palme in 1986. Since "Krille P" is a common nickname for him.

An english and a swedish word. "FOLK", meaning "People".

"GULDTAND", meaning "Gold tooth".

"LÅST", meaning "Locked".

"RUMPA", meaning "Ass". As in, someone's ass, not someone being an ass.

"Skurk!", basically meaning "Thief", "Bad guy" or "Villain".

I don't think this is an actual word, but it says "Läskväska" which would mean something like "Soda bag".

"Hårdrock", meaning "Hard rock". As in music, not an actual rock.

A picture of a bear with the word "Björn", meaning "Bear".

"KULT", meaning "Cult". Or it could mean that something has had a cultural impact on society.

"BÄVER", meaning "Beaver".

I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones that I could find. It was fun looking for all of them, because none of it makes any darned sense :P.

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Edited by guiseppe

So I just finished playing through The Darkness again. I haven't touched it since I finished it the last time, which was back in 2007 when it was released. I still think it's a fantastic and heavily underappreciated game.

Anyway, since the game is made by Starbreeze Studios, a swedish developer, there is a lot of grafitti and lettering spread about the game that is in swedish. So while playing through it this time, I acitvely looked for swedish words around the world. This is what I found.

"HATA ALLA!" Or "Hate everyone!".

"AIK", A swedish soccer team.

Hard to make out, but it says "Katt", which means "Cat".

"TANT", a word used in swedish for "old lady".

"SLAKT". Which means "Slaughter".

Not really swedish words, but at least it's swedish something. It says "Swedish Smorgasbord take-out" :D.

"Herr. A". Which is pretty much "Mr. A".

Not really a swedish word either, but "øl" is Danish for "Beer".

"Bjorn", almost "Björn", which means "Bear".

"STATY!", meaning "Statue!". And "FRITÖS?", meaning "Fryer?".

Advertisement for some band called "POLIS BATONG", which means "Police baton".

"STHLM". An Abbreviation for "Stockholm".

"ruttengubbe", basically meaning something along the lines of "rotten old man".

Not really a word, but a name. "Krille P". "Krille" is a common nickname for someone named "Kristian". Or it could, and probably is referring to the person who is believed to have killed Olof Palme in 1986. Since "Krille P" is a common nickname for him.

An english and a swedish word. "FOLK", meaning "People".

"GULDTAND", meaning "Gold tooth".

"LÅST", meaning "Locked".

"RUMPA", meaning "Ass". As in, someone's ass, not someone being an ass.

"Skurk!", basically meaning "Thief", "Bad guy" or "Villain".

I don't think this is an actual word, but it says "Läskväska" which would mean something like "Soda bag".

"Hårdrock", meaning "Hard rock". As in music, not an actual rock.

A picture of a bear with the word "Björn", meaning "Bear".

"KULT", meaning "Cult". Or it could mean that something has had a cultural impact on society.

"BÄVER", meaning "Beaver".

I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones that I could find. It was fun looking for all of them, because none of it makes any darned sense :P.

Posted by Venatio

Now I feel bad playing The Darkness 2 before playing the first one, as a swede this would've made me laugh alot, anyway bra gjort där

Posted by guiseppe

Well, you can still enjoy the first one :D. It's not too late, and it's probably really cheap these days too!

Posted by AlisterCat

Above and beyond, sir. Thank you for the insight.

Posted by MrCaptain

haha, awesome. I really want to play that game now. Roliga killar som gjort spelet!

Posted by ReyGitano

Wow, that's pretty neat. I always enjoy when developers put a little something into their games to link it back to them like that.

Edited by Lucifer

Did you by any chance catch the word "emc" written on some of the walls? I live in uppsala (well not really, 20 miles away.) and that is actually a pretty common tag around here. So it was pretty mind-blowing seeing it in-game. Having seen it everyday at my bus stop going to school.

Posted by HarlechQuinn

I really liked the fact that the actual Graffitis in the game were done by "real" Swedish Graffiti artists like WUFC... Also spotting some of that stuff in the second game.

Posted by guiseppe

@Lucifer: I did! But I didn't know what it was, not being from Uppsala myself, so I didn't think about it.

Edited by Robiin

It might be worth noting in the OP that "Krille P" is a common nickname for the person who is believed to have killed the Swedish minister Olof Palme in 1986. His real name is Christer Pettersson.

Posted by guiseppe

@Robiin: Done! And thanks for the information :).

Posted by TobbRobb

I think I saw "KUK" written on one of the telephones during brads stream, it basically means "Cock".

Posted by guiseppe

@TobbRobb: I'm sure I've seen that that too. I'm also sure I've seen "SUG KUK" somewhere. But maybe they've patched that out since the last time I played it, because I sure as hell couldn't find either this time around.