Whore of the Orient taken to the human rights commission

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Whore of the Orient is a videogame being developed by Team Bondi, the company behind L.A. Noire. The very company that has often been accused of mistreating staff by treating them like pieces of meat…

Anyway moving on, so I saw this morning that someone has decided to take the game to the Human Rights Commission (in Australia) over its name.

Now personally I fully agree; I think it’s a terrible name that is simply trying to be sensational and get those all important headlines and I for one hope it comes back to bite them in the ass when real stores refuse to give the title any shelf space. People may think it’s cool and edgy but when my kids are walking around the videogame store looking for a new game I don’t want them reading that and I also would hate to see game stores being forced to put certain games further up the shelf.

It’s a line I don’t want crossed so I hope Jieh-Yung Lo wins his case against it….

Wait… maybe I should have read further down the article before climbing on this podium.

Lo is taking the game to court but not for the use of the word Whore. No Mr Lo is actually offended by the word Orient.

”It’s the use of the word ‘Orient’, more even than the word ‘whore’, that is the issue. The O-word is very similar to the N-word for African-American communities. It’s a 19th century racial-colonial conception and it’s especially painful for older people in the communities. That was a very bad time in China, and people don’t want or need to have that dragged up,”

Now I’m unfortunately not up to date with all the racial epitaphs but I would never have guessed the word Orient could be offensive.

I wonder if the Oriental Express is also offensive?

So while I don’t understand the actual problem here I do hope he wins so we can get a decent name for a game that is looking quite awesome.

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