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SWERY apologizes for the depiction of a transgender individual in Deadly Premonition 2, pledges to fix things

SWERY, developer behind Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, has taken to Twitter to address some backlash from how a transgender character was handled in the story. SWERY apologizes for the issue and takes sole responsibility, and also pledges to fix things. You can see his full statement on the matter below.

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thedreaminghawk
Mon Jul 13 20 11:49pm
Rating: 15 (Updated 1 time)

Except it wasn't a hate mob? Literally, the whole issue was the fact that a trans character is deadnamed extensively by the main character and some NPCs, despite the fact that the game tries to make notes about equal rights and whatnot (including from said main character deadnaming them), making it a total tonal shift that was poorly, poorly handled and even noted outright in reviews due to how bad it ended up as.. Some even thought it was probably a cultural difference leading to misinterpretation on the way it was viewed that impacted the naming bit, which seems the most likely, and thus means this wasn't done out of malice. (especially since The MISSING is considered to be one of the best pro-trans games in years, also made by Swery, so I seriously doubt he'd have a reason to do anything offensive)

Literally all people did was note to him that it wasn't really a cool thing to do it the way they did it, and now they're tweaking it to make it better and he realizes what happened, and meant no malice. Literal happy ending, end of story, best case scenario. There's zero reason to be upset by this change at all, quite frankly, and I feel that it's a great thing if a creator listens to feedback and adjusts his game based on it (hopefully his pledge for the framerate edits are just the same): it isn't rewriting the entire story or anything, just better context and cultural tones to make it flow better and not come off as bad towards LGBT. I know several peeps that loved the first but were iffy on the second due to this character, and now that this change has been made (plus confirmation the original thing wasn't done in malice and was a legitimate mistake on his part), they'll be more than happy to buy it. If it's reasonable, it's always good to help out fans if needed, especially if it's an issue even reviewers find jarring.

Nothing wrong with being courteous at all, especially in a world that needs a lot more courtesy. This isn't like stuff like Pokemon games where fans bitch about a bajillion things needing to be added to the games every single year, or nitpick at minor details like trees and claim they ruin the game forever because they look aged: this is a legitimate, more concerning point about representation brought up by fans, respectfully hoping for the best, and now it's gonna be addressed. The creator's in full control of this, just as he was before, and that's pretty much all that's needed to make this right, rather than a publisher or someone not involved with the game haphazardly rushing a change that just makes the whole thing even more confusing or worse

I mean, thats nice and all... but can I get that same energy for the performance issues please!?

It's already been stated to be worked on right now.

noxide
Mon Jul 13 20 09:50pm
Rating: 14

You should never need to apologize for stuff like this. Artists should not be afraid to offend or disrespect when creating, some dedicate lives doing just that, (punk). I hope more artists will stand up for themselves and not bend the knee to people who will never be satisfied.

justthetrick
Tue Jul 14 20 04:38am
Rating: 4

Sounds like the words of the privileged.

lemon
Tue Jul 14 20 08:21am
Rating: 2

That's right! And I hope Nintendo never bends the knee and keeps creating crazier and crazier Paper Marios, never to return to TTYD again, and that the RPG formula stays dead.

golfdude
Mon Jul 13 20 11:36pm
Rating: 8

i agree with that.. NEVER APOLOGIZE to online hate mobs.. it is almost a 99% guarantee that they never bought your products before and never will and just are looking for online back pats and brownie points for being able to shame somebody only ... and are looking to destroy creativity and fun for the groups the the game was made for..... write a story, stick to it, and if somebody cries about it, you tell them to go pound sound since they are manufacturing hate and are basing their opinions on watching someone else use said product..

thedreaminghawk
Mon Jul 13 20 11:49pm
Rating: 15 (Updated 1 time)

Except it wasn't a hate mob? Literally, the whole issue was the fact that a trans character is deadnamed extensively by the main character and some NPCs, despite the fact that the game tries to make notes about equal rights and whatnot (including from said main character deadnaming them), making it a total tonal shift that was poorly, poorly handled and even noted outright in reviews due to how bad it ended up as.. Some even thought it was probably a cultural difference leading to misinterpretation on the way it was viewed that impacted the naming bit, which seems the most likely, and thus means this wasn't done out of malice. (especially since The MISSING is considered to be one of the best pro-trans games in years, also made by Swery, so I seriously doubt he'd have a reason to do anything offensive)

Literally all people did was note to him that it wasn't really a cool thing to do it the way they did it, and now they're tweaking it to make it better and he realizes what happened, and meant no malice. Literal happy ending, end of story, best case scenario. There's zero reason to be upset by this change at all, quite frankly, and I feel that it's a great thing if a creator listens to feedback and adjusts his game based on it (hopefully his pledge for the framerate edits are just the same): it isn't rewriting the entire story or anything, just better context and cultural tones to make it flow better and not come off as bad towards LGBT. I know several peeps that loved the first but were iffy on the second due to this character, and now that this change has been made (plus confirmation the original thing wasn't done in malice and was a legitimate mistake on his part), they'll be more than happy to buy it. If it's reasonable, it's always good to help out fans if needed, especially if it's an issue even reviewers find jarring.

Nothing wrong with being courteous at all, especially in a world that needs a lot more courtesy. This isn't like stuff like Pokemon games where fans bitch about a bajillion things needing to be added to the games every single year, or nitpick at minor details like trees and claim they ruin the game forever because they look aged: this is a legitimate, more concerning point about representation brought up by fans, respectfully hoping for the best, and now it's gonna be addressed. The creator's in full control of this, just as he was before, and that's pretty much all that's needed to make this right, rather than a publisher or someone not involved with the game haphazardly rushing a change that just makes the whole thing even more confusing or worse

groose
Tue Jul 14 20 05:35am
Rating: 1

Deadnaming isn't a real issue. Especially if the characters in the story were not deliberately doing it to be antagonistic.

sabrac
Tue Jul 14 20 09:21am
Rating: 1

I agree with you. I don't get what the issue with deadnaming is, if it just reminds people that they were born with the opposite sex they believe they are, isn't saying they are trans also do the same thing?

It's not.

If you tell me your name is Jeffrey, but to call you Jeff, and I solely call you Jeffrey, I'm not respecting what you've asked of me. Similar to this, if someone tells you the name or pronouns they would like you to call them, it's common courtesy to do so.

More extreme example, if you tell me to call you Jeff and I call you a completely different name like Carl or Bobby, it shows a lack of decency to just remember a name. It doesn't have much to do with reminding people they were born and assigned a sex they do not agree with.

It's simple, i could just ignore. What's the point on creating drama over something like this?
It's a game, it's not like the character is going to these people's houses and insulting them personally.

If i dont like something in a game, i can just stop playing it, or not buy at all, only time i would ask for the devs to fix something, is if it's some actual issue with the game itself, like in this case, the awful perfomance, not something as little as someone calling a character by the wrong name.

No one is creating drama though. Swery apologized because concerns were brought to his attention and he wants to change it.

It's far more than not liking something in a game or "as little as someone calling a character by the wrong name", and it shows a bit of ignorance on your part to boil it down to that.

Not to mention a patch for performance is already happening and has zero bearing on this.

Swery, can you maybe, fix the framerate of the game while you're at it?
Thanks!

It is a "fictional" character, meaning it's fiction. It's not real. Anyone that gets offended by fiction should not involve themselves with fiction. I'm gay, I don't care if a game says anything derogatory to gays as long as the intent was just artistic expression. Living your life constantly looking for things to be offended by is a poor existence indeed.

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