Deep Silver Promote Dead Island With Appalling Statue

By John Walker on January 15th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

Oh come on. After the reaction to the tawdry idiocy we saw throughout 2012, you’d imagine publishers would stop and think for half a second before launching into another vile misogynistic campaign. But oh no, Deep Silver aren’t swayed. Today they have announced the abysmal “Zombie Bait Edition” of Dead Island: Riptide for Europe (the US has a whole other version), a boxed version of the game that comes with a statuette. A statuette of a woman’s bikinied torso, with her head, arms and legs crudely severed. It’s below, but be warned, it’s really disgusting. It’s hard to find the words.

Okay, no it’s not. This is beyond disgusting. It’s as if someone were attempting to demonstrate the most misogynist idea that could possibly be conceived, in an attempt to satirise the ghastly trend. A text book example of the most extreme ends of misogynist fantasy, a woman reduced to nothing but her tits, her wounds hideously depicted in gore, jutting bones, and of course barely a mark covering her globular breasts.

Incredibly, this is promoted as being,

“Dead Island’s grotesque take on an iconic Roman marble torso sculpture.”

and that it would,

“make a striking conversation piece on any discerning zombie gamer’s mantel.”

While there are a very small group who like to endorse their own unpleasant prejudices by angrily denouncing RPS for its coverage of gaming’s representation of women, I feel certain that even they might find cause to baulk at this. This is inexcusable.

Deep Silver – this can’t happen. You cannot be this vile, this outrageously stupid. For God’s sake, don’t do this.

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  1. Spacewalk says:

    I’d be offended if it wasn’t thematic.

  2. belgand says:

    Honestly, I wouldn’t have given this a second thought otherwise. It just doesn’t appall me in any way whatsoever.

    I see the arguments being made and I can respect them, but it certainly wouldn’t have been my impression.

    Well, aside from the ones about it just being gruesome. Seriously? I see more gruesome things at breakfast.

  3. Banzaibill says:

    I think articles like these drag RPS down. John Walker should be writing for Kotaku instead of RPS. Or The Sun. Same thing really.

  4. P.Funk says:

    What I just think is funny is that this is the EU model…. I would think that this would sell pretty well in Japan instead. Honestly, they might seem uptight but they are some fucked up people. They love their fucked up porn and Guro fans abound I’m pretty sure more commonly than they do in western nations.

    What always impresses me though is the endless stream of people annoyed and tired that anyone thinks anything is off limits. Oh noes, someone complaining about sexism again. I think some people are so “bored” with sexism that they think ANYTHING sexist is just an attempt at being a PC champion and not in fact worth talking about.

    No, disfigured woman’s body is bad enough, but can be argued in some context to be neutral or something because there ARE two genders. But that she’s in a bikini is the most shocking kind of sick amalgam. You get gore crossed with misogyny. Its kind of the ultimate demonstration of how you can abuse the image of women for profit or attention.

    I’m not personally revolted by it, but I am at the same time offended. I see it as transparently as the article author. I however also see how obtuse and obnoxious half the comments on this article are.

  5. VladiMatt says:

    Personally, I don’t like the statue, but it’s not at ALL misogynistic. It’s a dismembered female torso – whoopee. It’d be misogynistic if they were bigger and bounced/were “squeezable”. If it was a dismembered male pelvis in a banana hammock there wouldn’t even be HALF as much uproar. In fact that’d be fucking hilarious and I’d want one of my own just for the sheer novelty of it.

    Either the author of this article is trying really hard to impress a feminist friend of his for whatever reason, or he was born with lady parts of his own, because while this is grotesque the only “offensive” part of it is the gore.

    Oh look, here’s another statue of a woman without arms, and this one’s completely nude! http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/images/hb/hb_52.11.5.jpg
    How offensive!