Dead Island Causes a Stir
Recently the video game industry has received quite a bashing for various reasons: rise in anti-social behavior, gun crimes, mass shootings, and a lot of analysts are looking at violent video games as the main cause.
It is true that video games have become increasingly violent over the years, but it becomes a touchy subject when you put a video game as the cause of a mass murder instead of something like lack of social support and medical attention for the culprit.
But anyway, let's not get into the politics of it too deeply, enough websites have had their say on the topic as it is. What is interesting though, is that Dead Island's new collector's edition has sparked a fuse on the already flaming video game violence discussion.
The limited collector's edition offers a 'Busty Zombie Bust' figurine as an extra collectible for loyal fans, however the model of the collectible really doesn't give out a great image, and Deep Silver have picked the worst time to bring it into retail.
The 'Busty Zombie Bust' is a model of a female zombie wearing a bikini with her head and arms severed, leaving just a torso with abnormally large breasts. This figurine has not only highlighted violence in video games, but also sexism, and it looks like video games now have a reason to be blamed for sexism because of this.
DeepSilver have made an official statement on the issue, and they are trying their best to work out a more suitable alternative.
"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."
This issue has certainly created a lot of buzz, and for video game fans it's probably not much of a turn-off for the game, and in fact this issue has probably interested more potential buyers for the game.
What are your opinions on the matter?