Controversial Dead Island collectible hits shelves

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By on April 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

When Deep Silver revealed that some versions of Dead Island: Riptide would ship with a statue of a brutally dismembered (and bikini clad) woman, it was almost immediately forced to apologise to outraged gamers. The publisher stated at the time that “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.”

It has now emerged that Deep Silver’s remorse did not compel it to abandon plans to release the product, which many regard as demeaning to women. As reported by CNET, the statue has been popping up throughout Australia and Europe. The publisher’s parent company Koch Media has released a statement confirming that an “extremely limited quantity of the Zombie Bait edition has been made available to some retailers for those customers who wish to purchase it.”

Source: CNET

47 comments (Leave your own)

I thought they cancelled it. :/ I guess they had to get rid of the ones that had already been made or something.

 

They could of just disposed of them *shrug* There is a line between tasteless and obscene, this one crossed it. Hacked up corpse, with boobs guys! It’s supposed to appeal to a fetish market/mad zombie fan or something?

 

demeaning to women… man you gotta love the stupidity of politically correct hype.

How about… borderline necrophiliac trophy… that is, realistically, what this is.

 

Could have given us a link, how can I possibly purchase one without knowing where to look?

 

Heavily feminist leaning writing, Erin.

Wonder just how collectable these could be in the future. No way I’d display the thing, though.

 

Haven’t we already gone through this argument? Surely we didn’t need to start it all again?

 

There’s even an Aussie version.

 

Hey I found a Saudi version too.

 

Dead Rising: Riptide

might want to fix that.

 

collect0r: might want to fix that.

Fixed. Thanks for the tip-off. So many ‘dead’ games…

 

fenryrbr:
Heavily feminist leaning writing, Erin.

It’s not “feminist” to comment that many people find this thing offensive/tasteless, you know? Feminism is not the same thing as “basic respect for women” or “not having the sensibilities of a 12 year old boy”.

 

caitsith01: It’s not “feminist” to comment that many people find this thing offensive/tasteless, you know?Feminism is not the same thing as “basic respect for women” or “not having the sensibilities of a 12 year old boy”.

How about not putting so much emphasis on it being a depiction of a woman? Try “Basic respect for people” instead of “basic respect for women”. I could also do without the mysandric(edit:typo) comment about boys.

 

caitsith01: It’s not “feminist” to comment that many people find this thing offensive/tasteless, you know?Feminism is not the same thing as “basic respect for women” or “not having the sensibilities of a 12 year old boy”.

I agree with you, but it’d be kinda nice to have the basic respect for men aswell. No one seems to worry when a guy gets brutalised in games, never an uproar about that.

 

fenryrbr: How about not putting so much emphasis on it being a depiction of a woman?Try “Basic respect for people” instead of “basic respect for women”.I could also do without the msyandric comment about boys.

Ooh, big word. I’m a ‘boy,’ by the way, and was once a 12 year old boy who probably would have thought this object was terrific. Now that I’m a grown adult I think it’s pretty unpleasant and certainly something that can be validly criticised without that being a ‘feminist’ position.

It’s not just “a depiction of woman”, it’s a depiction of a cliched sexualised woman with big breasts in skimpy clothes who has been violently killed.

Apart from anything else, it’s a rather weird combination of titillation via extreme violence and titillation via sexy ladiez. If anyone actually finds that combo a turn on then I would venture to suggest that there might be something wrong with them.

Anyway, I think you made it about women by referring to the article as “feminist”, I was just observing that respecting women is not “feminist”, it’s just civilized. I invite you to point out where I said anything to suggest that it is not the case that all people deserve respect.

You seem to be confused. Saying that 12 year old boys tend to like something is not “msyandric”, nor is saying that a violently sexualised image of a woman is offensive “feminist”.

 

kinkykel: I agree with you, but it’d be kinda nice to have the basic respect for men aswell. No one seems to worry when a guy gets brutalised in games, never an uproar about that.

Sure there is. Most of the time when people talk about the possible negatives of violence in games, it’s men getting killed. After all, most enemies in games are male.

 

Damn, I was going to pre order this just for the bust, as my girlfriend loves this type of take on classic sculptures/art.

 

caitsith01: Ooh, big word.I’m a ‘boy,’ by the way, and was once a 12 year old boy who probably would have thought this object was terrific.Now that I’m a grown adult I think it’s pretty unpleasant and certainly something that can be validly criticised without that being a ‘feminist’ position.

It’s not just “a depiction of woman”, it’s a depiction of a cliched sexualised woman with big breasts in skimpy clothes who has been violently killed.

Apart from anything else, it’s a rather weird combination of titillation via extreme violence and titillation via sexy ladiez.If anyone actually finds that combo a turn on then I would venture to suggest that there might be something wrong with them.

Anyway, I think you made it about women by referring to the article as “feminist”, I was just observing that respecting women is not “feminist”, it’s just civilized.I invite you to point out where I said anything to suggest that it is not the case that all people deserve respect.

You seem to be confused.Saying that 12 year old boys tend to like something is not “msyandric”, nor is saying that a violently sexualised image of a woman is offensive “feminist”.

“Big word”? Are you sure you’re not still 12?
It is art, art can certainly be criticised. Again, however, your only focus seems to be that it is a depiction of a woman. Please tell me how exactly this mangled torso is sexualised? Go to the beach and I’m sure you’d see plenty of people dressed in as little or less. Should we keep children from going to the beach because they’re sexualised?

I’m fairly certain all people being respected was exactly my point, not one I’m required to make.

Saying that it is offensive because it is a depiction of a woman is what makes it feminist. If this was a torso of a man would you have as much of an issue with it? Particularly regarding your assertion of sexualisation.

 

All this back and forth typewar and still nobody has detailed a place where one could buy this merchandise… Not good enough.

 

caitsith01: Sure there is.Most of the time when people talk about the possible negatives of violence in games, it’s men getting killed.After all, most enemies in games are male.

Where’s this uproar? the last uproar about things getting killed were actually about tigers getting killed in Far cray 3….

 

fenryrbr: “Big word”?Are you sure you’re not still 12?

My point was that wheeling out a (misspelt) term in an inappropriate situation is not actually an argument.

You are again missing the context of my comment completely.

1. Article – this object was controversial

2. You – this article has a ‘heavily feminist’ bent

3. Me – it’s not feminist to comment on this thing being offensive, nor is it feminist to have basic respect for women

4. You – lulz we are all equal and deserve respect why do you hate men!!!111*

* some minor errors may have occurred in transcription which do not affect meaning

Anyway, no point arguing with you about it. You don’t see how a statue of a dismembered woman which happens to hack off every part of her apart from her unrealistically huge and perfect tits which also happen to be displayed in a skimpy bikini could possibly be sexualised in any way, so we have so little common ground here there is no point discussing it further.

 
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