Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait edition shipping despite apologies from publisher

Controversial Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait edition available now.

Techland’s first-person shooter Dead Island: Riptide was met with controversy for its Zombie Bait edition last year, but that has not stopped the product from being sold at retail.

The Zombie Bait edition is shipping now.

The Zombie Bait edition features a 31cm resin statue of a decapitated near-naked female upper body. The bloody torso was a centerpiece in the special edition exclusive to the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. Publisher Deep Silver apologised for any offense caused by the statue, which drew much criticism after its announcement.

"We sincerely regret this choice," the company said in January, "We are collecting feedback continuously from the Dead Island community, as well as the international gaming community at large. 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."

However, despite issuing the apology, the Zombie Bait edition has gone on sale at UK retailers and in limited quantities in Australia.

The Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait edition also includes a steelbook case for the game, collectible artwork cards, and an exclusive pack of weapon mods.

Dead Island: Riptide is available now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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209 comments
KratosHump3R
KratosHump3R

Well, in Japan there was a guy that married a body pillow.  What are people doing to these torsos now  I wonder....



frozenux
frozenux

This thing is for the UK!  But why do i have this feeling that most people whining about this are from the US.

" I'm perfectly ok with hacking away a bunch of "dead" women in bikini but having that plastic torso..uh...uh..no no my mind just can't cope with it..."

There is nothing to apologize for.Get your puritan head out of your puritan rear end.

DarthLod
DarthLod

It is quite simple...if you dont like it, dont buy it. If it offends you that OTHER PEOPLE are buying something...then get your priorities straight and mind your own business.

NeoDemonChilde
NeoDemonChilde

Greyfeld 

I wish that a developer would come out with a male version of an item like this, just so that we have a tangible example of how many fucks people wouldn't give if the genders were reversed.

100 % this

 I'm so sick and tired of the whole discussion.....fact: male torso, no problem....female torso, shitstorm.....so much for equal rights eh ? I never hear women moan, that bad guys in fps are always male.......everyone is fine with killing them huh ? How about equal rights there ? Oh....wait.....now I'm being anti fem, right ? eyesroll

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

At least now we know how sincere these guys really are.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

That thing is gross. What kind of psycho would want that in their house?

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

As long as it makes feminists mas i'm happy

Greyfeld
Greyfeld

I wish that a developer would come out with a male version of an item like this, just so that we have a tangible example of how many fucks people wouldn't give if the genders were reversed.

jmic75
jmic75

Oh no! Now the white knights who weren't going to buy the game anyway aren't going to buy the game!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Do they just not get it or something?  Christ.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

It may be on sale, but it's up to the consumers whether or not they decide to spend their money on this. In the end, the consumers will define if this sucks or not.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I give it less than a year before cops are called unnecessarily to someone's garage/yard sale. :P

MordeaniisChaos
MordeaniisChaos

Good, it's a kind of cool but mostly dumb thing but nothing more offensive than if it was a dude's torso.

entan
entan

While I find this statue rather distasteful and I would not buy this edtion of the game (or any other for that matter, since it's not my cup of tea), I find the fuss around it far more unsettling than the statue itself. 

It feels like after at least two centuries of tradition of liberty, just when we seemed to agree that the freedom of expression should be limited only by the rights of others, we're reverting to the pre-modern model of "positive" norms being dictated by the currently dominant ideology. This is happening under the guise of "respecting others" and their feelings, but it is already applied very selectively.

For example, people who might protest against depiction of homosexual relations in publically available arts are branded as homophobes and not tolerated (and rightfully so, since their personal taste should not affect what is and what is not acceptable). However people who protest against portraying women in a sensual way and even try to force artists not to do it, are not only tolerated but outright endorsed. 

This is supposedly because it "objectifies" women by focusing on the physical aspect of their attractiveness rather than their other qualities. However, dictating which qualities of a certain group should be focused on, and which should be avoided in works of art is WAY out of the line. This has nothing to do with respecting other people's rights. This is a concerted attempt at limiting the freedom of expression by soft (that is, non-legal) means in order to enforce a "correct" stance in an area that is strictly subjective.

It is nearly impossible to say or otherwise express anything meaningful without potentially hurting someone's feelings. It's depressing to see "acceptable" area of expression being more and more limited by political correctness to the point where not only politicians, but also companies or even individuals sound like robots who hide their true views behind a mask of wooden speech. 

So far at least, presenting men in a way that's physically attractive seems ok, but the way it is going, I won't be surprised if soon we see calls for male characters with the "right" proportions, since young, sensitive men cannot bear the terror of broad shoulders and trained abs and feel the pressure of having to emulate unrealistic models.

danielwd
danielwd

Well this is ok, I'm not going to buy it because of very damming reviews. (I don't base this on score, I'm not an arse face.) I wouldn't buy this version anyway because I don't want it. It's the same reason I don't buy anthrax, I simply don't want to own what there selling, and that's fine I don't need to kick up a fuss even though I do find it quite offensive.

LoG-Sacrament
LoG-Sacrament

Deep Silver said it would never happen AGAIN. Releasing it now is the first time it happened. No contradiction :P

pazzyj
pazzyj

I usually never comment on articles like this. While I agree with the sentiment of many of the "gender issues" articles on Gamespot, I feel like some of them are created to generate page views more than anything. That said, I feel like this is the last place to have a decent discussion about these things. If anyone wants to have a real chat about gender issues in gaming, send me a message privately. So I'm done. For everyone thinking, "Man, this guy sucks", you won't have to hear it anymore. Yay!

I'll see you on more important pages, like GTA V news and such. :)

JJ_Productions
JJ_Productions

Who in their right mind would seriously purchase that grotesque statue? 

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I assume that when they released the original photos they already had the sample model in house and a number of units were probably already on order.  Makes sense that they're not going to trash them and take a loss, especially since there was some interest despite the "controversy".

Personally I don't find it offensive (though not at all to my taste), yet could understand how some people might be bothered.  If you are offended, don't buy it.  Problem solved.

Gargus
Gargus

So they are sorry for having that statue as a SE item, yet don't apologize for having hundreds of bloody zombie women torn up in the game itself?

They should have to apologize to anyone or feel bad about doing what they want. If people are offended by it then they can just not buy it or display it.

That's a fundamental problem in this world where people worry too much about others feelings to the point where no one can do anything that could possibly maybe be offensive to someone somewhere at sometime. Find that tv show offensive? Don't watch it. Find that game offensive? Don't play it. But don't tell others what they should or shouldn't find offensive, or try and take away from others what you don't think they should have because you don't agree with it because that means you don't believe in freedom of choice. You only believe in the freedom to give other people the choices you want them to have.

Daavpuke
Daavpuke

Good on them for selling the product they wanted to sell, despite backlash. Bit underhanded to want both sides of the cake by being apologetic, then doing it anyway, but at the very least they stuck to their guns and that's an attitude that is commendable in these politically correct times.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i genuinely love how they went ahead and released it anyways despite the protest. theyve earned a few brownie points from me.

NoBullet
NoBullet

How is having a statue any worse than the actions within the game of actually chopping up peoples bodies. People who are into horror movies/games like this kind of stuff.. Obviously someone who isnt into that genre is going to take offense to it. Who cares about people being offended. Theyre basically saying "I cant handle my emotions and I want you to sort them out."

pazzyj
pazzyj

I think many of those commenting here saying things like"oh don't be so sensitive" and "it's a zombie game, its violent duh" and "dont buy it, if you dont like it" are completely missing the point. I find this statue to be in horrible taste. Is it because I have a problem with sexuality? Certainly not. Is it because I am sensitive to animated zombie violence? Once again, not at all.

The problem with this statue is that it combines the violence with a overly sexualized female chest and torso. It is trying way too hard to combine misogynist views of women, sexuality, and violence into a package that appeals to immature males. I'm a male, btw, and this kind of crap not only objectifies women into a headless statue with boobs, but it also shades how the general public look at male gamers. If we want the stereotype of gamers as weird dudes only to be debunked, we need this kind of crap to stop.

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

It's sad that now this is so common. Everyone is offended by what others are doing. It's like grade school all over again...

AceJakk
AceJakk

@entan I an-heroed because I don't look like Marcus Fenix.

pazzyj
pazzyj

@Gargus I don't think anyone is saying we shouldn't allow game companies to release a product like this. I'm more interested in thinking about why they would want to, and what kind of a discussion could we have about it?

It is their right to release the product, and it is my right to voice my opinion and choose not to purchase (or to purchase).

deathblow3
deathblow3

@pazzyj yeah i guess but every time you look at a woman lustfully your objectifing them same with woman. honestly i just find it gross and i dont know what type of boobs you been looking at but i have seen waaaaay bigger i mean really thats like 28c. i honesly dont think its that great in any aspect. let move on.

kisado87
kisado87

@pazzyj Ok, guy. The public sees this while I'm playing Street Fighter (or something equally ridiculous) and automatically assume I hate women. Slippery slope much? Stereotypes are just that, stereotypes. Nothing more. They don't define anybody as a person..

NoBullet
NoBullet

@pazzyj And who said every gamer likes this type of genre? Some people only play sports games, are all gamers jocks? Who is stereotyping now?

pazzyj
pazzyj

@NoBullet @pazzyj I didn't say that. The general stereotype non-gamers have of gamers is a negative one. The non-gaming public really only hears about gaming when negative controversies arise. If my mom, for example, saw a commercial for this Dead Island special edition that would confirm her suspicions that gamers are violent weirdos, even if that isn't the case. That's what a stereotype is, which is why I said "the stereotype of gamers as weird dudes" and not the "truth of gamers as weird dudes"


To reiterate, if we want a more inclusive gaming community, maybe companies should rethink shallow, misogynist marketing campaigns.

Krinnium
Krinnium

@pazzyj @SporkFireXPS You almost sound like someone that just graduated their intro to sociology class, but hey, cheers for sending the message. 

SporkFireXPS
SporkFireXPS

@pazzyj

I didn't say you said "every single man", what I said (and what you said) was "many" men treat women like crap.  Again, while history is important to remember and learn from you can't say "it was that way in the past so it's that way today."  As for your other "evidence" I simply have to disagree.  You could say the same thing about females and industries dominated by females.  Males aren't represented as well in industries such as the beauty industry, doll industry, nursing industry, etc.

That's not the mathematical definition of equality... the mathematical definition would be "The condition of being equal in number or amount." whereas the social definition would be "The state of being equal, esp. in status, rights, and opportunities."  Again, the social definition of equality encompasses more than just equal rights.

pazzyj
pazzyj

@SporkFireXPS I think we are pretty much in agreement about the rights issue, I just wanted to clarify my statements. I'm really not trying to be a richard about it.    :)

pazzyj
pazzyj

@SporkFireXPS I said that society in general, including specifically the gaming and entertainment sectors treat women like crap. Never did I say every single man. It's historical and institutionalized. My evidence? Turn on the TV. Play a game. Women are not represented well, most of the time.

We aren't talking about the mathematical definition of equality, but rather the social meaning, egalitarianism and all that. I don't mean that every person needs to be the same in every way. Obviously, some people are born with diseases or wealth barriers, but people should be given the same chances to succeed, i.e. the American Dream. Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class, etc should not be advantages or hindrances in attaining personal goals.

SporkFireXPS
SporkFireXPS

@pazzyj @SporkFireXPS @NoBullet 

Equality encompasses more than just equal rights.  It also includes things like equal opportunities, status, etc.  Again, I will say that equality is impossible.  For instance, some people are going to be born to very wealthy parents while others will be born to poor parents (or no parents at all).  Some people are born with exceptional talent, such as with a musical instrument.  Some people are born with or get terrible diseases or other medical problems, while others live their entire lives relatively healthy.  There's no way you can create equality, but what you can do is have equal rights.

I still don't understand how you came to the conclusion that "many" men treat women like crap.  Where is your evidence?  I'm suspecting you came to this conclusion based on your own personal experiences.

pazzyj
pazzyj

@SporkFireXPS @pazzyj @NoBullet  

I meant equality and equal rights as synonyms, that was misleading and I should have clarified.

You're right, I don't know any of these other people, but from their comments, I see apathy toward gender issues in gaming. I'm a gamer. I'm also interested in gender issues. I aim to start discussion.

Most of my best friends are gamers. Most of the gamers I know are great people. I try to quantify all of my statements by stating that I don't believe all gamers or all Gamespot users hold these negative views, but if I didn't think negative viewpoints toward gender issues existed in a large quantity of gamers, I wouldn't speak up.

SporkFireXPS
SporkFireXPS

@pazzyj @SporkFireXPS @NoBullet 

Still, how can you say "many" of those commenting when you probably know none of them?  Yes, lots of bad and barbaric stuff happened in history but we are talking about today.

I didn't say equal rights is impossible, I said equality is impossible.  I'm all for equal rights.

pazzyj
pazzyj

@SporkFireXPS @pazzyj @NoBullet  

dude......c'mon. I specifically said "many" of those commenting, certainly not all, and I said, "society". At an average, society is fairly misogynistic. There are literally centuries of history to back this statement. Saying equal rights iare impossible is a little defeatist. Could we at least try?

SporkFireXPS
SporkFireXPS

@pazzyj @SporkFireXPS @NoBullet

"We treat women like crap."

Now you're stereotyping all men.  How can you say "we", do you personally know all of us on here?  I don't remember ever meeting you in person before, let alone ever seeing you on here before.  You should really speak for yourself.  I'm all for equal rights for every individual but equality is a myth and is impossible to achieve.

pazzyj
pazzyj

@SporkFireXPS @pazzyj @NoBullet  

Fair point on the mom bit. Although I could cite several other similar anecdotes.

I stand by my comment that most mainstream media gaming coverage is negative.

Here is my problem with many people in the gaming community, the entertainment world, and really, I guess, society as a whole: We treat women like crap. If anyone tries to broach this subject on an ESPN board, a Gamespot board, etc, people (i.e. men) will pick apart your semantics instead of discussing the larger narrative. I will be the first to agree that my rhetorical skills aren't amazing, but I think my intentions are fair. Who could be against an equal society?

People interested in remaining in power. That's who.

SporkFireXPS
SporkFireXPS

@pazzyj @NoBullet

"The non-gaming public really only hears about gaming when negative controversies arise."

And you would be wrong.

"If my mom, for example, saw a commercial for this Dead Island special edition that would confirm her suspicions that gamers are violent weirdos"

I think this says more about your mom than anything else.  I would also argue that your mom stereotyping gamers as "violent weirdos" does not represent how most people who don't play video games view gamers.