Anti-Gay Tactics Move to Video Games
Rikki Wright / 2 years ago
Warning: This story may contain words and phrases that may distress some readers. Read with caution.
When you think of anti-gay protests, you think of religious types standing at the side of the road holding banners and signs to ‘warn’ everyone else of the impending doom that they think will devour the Earth. One American gamer/developer skater, Randall Herman, took it upon himself to target the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in a game known as “Kill The Faggot” (KtF).
The game resembled Doom cross with duck shooting at the fair, the aim of the game was to kill anyone who was gay or transgender and you lose the game by killing straight NPC’s. How did you know if they were a target? They uttered phrases such as “Can I put my ******* in your butt?” and “Whoops, I just dropped the soap.”
The game was launched through the Steam ‘Greenlight’ service, which was initiated back in 2012 to help small game developing companies get their foot in the door. As you can image, the gaming community reacted in the typical way, pretty much the entire user base reported the game. A game with these motives breached Valve’s terms and conditions of Greenlight games and was removed within hours of being made available. What makes things worse, the creator of the game stated that was just a demo for the full version of the game “The Shelter: A Survival Story”
Click here to watch gameplay via YouTube, as we refuse to embed it.
As someone who lives a day-to-day life within the LGBT community, I find this offensive and commend Valve for the immediate removal of the game. I understand that game developers are having to find new ways to shock gamers. but a game focused on the eradication of LGBT is just down right wrong.
What are your thoughts on a game like this making an appearance on Steam? Let us know in the comments section.
Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing this information.