Controversial God of War Ascension Achievement to Be Changed

by on March 12, 2013

Controversial-God-of-War-Acension-Achievement-to-Be-ChangedIn a week when gaming’s top female icon topped the charts and found new success, misogyny in gaming has reared its ugly head once again.

In Sony Santa Monica’s upcoming God of War: Ascension there is a sequence in which the player, as the perpetually miffed Kratos, beats a woman to a bloody pulp from a first person perspective.

Once she is dead the player is “rewarded” with a trophy called “Bros Before Hos”, as seen in the picture to the left captured by JoyStiq.

It is the trophy’s name which is at the centre of this, the most recent of God of War’s many controversies.

The series has always been unflinching in its violence, particularly in God of War 3′s climatic showdown with Zeus, but this misjudged attempt at humour has landed its developer’s in hot water once again.

An upcoming patch will rename the trophy.

“We have created and will soon push out a patch for God of War: Ascension that alters the title of one of the game Trophies. The text was offensive to some members of our community and impacted their enjoyment of the game,” read a statement from Sony Santa Monica sent to Joystiq.

“We are endlessly committed to ensuring that our community can fully enjoy the experiences the team has created. As such, we’ve addressed the feedback and amended the Trophy in question.”

It isn’t the most grievous of sexist offences this industry has committed, but it it is yet another indication of an archaic culture within gaming.

Lessons have been learned however and the problem will be remedied, so let’s just chalk this one up to stupidity.

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  • http://GodisaGeek.com/ Adam Cook

    There are things that have made me far more uncomfortable in gaming, recently. Also, I’d change the name to “Bros before Hoes”. Yes.

  • http://twitter.com/Jedi_Beats_Tank Mick Fraser

    As I’ve said before, this is in a certain context within the game, and the “woman” beaten to death is hardly that. Bad taste, yes, but once again it’s something that has been blown out of proportion. It’s not like this series has ever been politically correct.

    Still, games.

  • Erik

    I wonder how long it’ll be until the PR department requires developers
    to submit achievement names, to them, before adding them to the game.

  • Lee Garbutt

    Chalk this up to a moment of insensitivity by the devs. While it doesn’t offend me, I fully understand how it could be pretty damn offensive, especially with recent goings on in the industry.

    They should have known better, and it’s weird it wasn’t picked up sooner. But as Mick says, God of War and it’s subject matter is far from politically correct.

  • http://GodisaGeek.com/ Adam Cook

    It’s probably already happening in some places!

  • ricksterj

    LIGHTEN UP! I’m all but put off gettin’ this game now. Censorship at its finest REGARDLESS of whether the creator OK’d it or not.

  • BenjaminMaltbie

    I may be missing the point, since I’m a hard person to offend but….that’s where the line is? You can beat a woman to death in first person, but you can’t make a lighthearted achievement playing on a colloquialism about it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.lecount Travis LeCount

    i think the butthurt women should go fight female genital mutilation in iraq