Tuesday, October 13

Don't like curse words? Brutal Legend Lets you Bleep on the fly

For many gamers it's not an issue, but for others, excessive curse words in a video game just don't make sense. Some actually take offense when games come laden with f-bombs and the likes.

Some developers have cleverly steered away from such language, making the path for a friendly rating from ESRB much easier. Others have created an option that allow gamers to bleep out the curse words. One game that comes to mind is Battlefield: Bad Company, the other game is one released today, Brutal Legend. Speaking in an interview, Double Fine's Tim Schafer was asked about the feature.

EG: Why did you include a feature that lets people bleep out the swearing?

"Well, two things. Once I got a letter from someone saying how much they like playing psychonauts with his kids, and I was thinking about that guy when I was making Legend and I was thinking: he's not going to be able to play this game with his kid. You just can't stop Jack or Ozzy from swearing no matter what. And I didn't want to write 'frick' or 'frack' or whatever is the dialogue for them," he said.

Not a bad move to include a feature that will help you sell more games, it's amazing how much a little coding tweak can give your title a chance to reach a wider audience. More games should definitely including this.

Brutal Legend is out today in the U.S and on Friday in PAL territories.

10/13/09 Ernice Gilbert

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