Sony Santa Monica Changes God of War: Ascension 'Bros Before Hos' Trophy Name on Launch Day

March 12, 2013 -

The controversial God of War: Ascension trophy "Bros before Hos" will be renamed to "Bros Before Foes" via a day-one update, according to a statement sent to Joystiq by developer Sony Santa Monica. The trophy caused a bit of a controversy last week when Adam Sessler and other complained about its sexist nature. Players earned the trophy in the game by surviving a certain event involving "Furies." Furies are female creatures that protagonist Kratos encounters at a certain point in the game (we don't want to say any more than that to avoid spoilers).

"We have created and will soon push out a patch for God of War: Ascension that alters the title of one of the game Trophies. The text was offensive to some members of our community and impacted their enjoyment of the game," Sony Santa Monica's statement to Joystiq noted. "We are endlessly committed to ensuring that our community can fully enjoy the experiences the team has created. As such, we've addressed the feedback and amended the Trophy in question."

Source: Joystiq by way of Andrew Eisen and MaskedPixelante.

Image via Joystiq.


Comments

Re: Sony Santa Monica Changes God of War: Ascension 'Bros ...

This seems about as meaningful as saying "A-hole" instead of "asshole".  Sure, technically you are not saying the offending word, but the context makes it obvious what word you are "not saying", and thus you are communicating that word anyway, regardless of which actual syllables are passing your lips.

Re: Sony Santa Monica Changes God of War: Ascension 'Bros ...

Jim Sterling puts earning the trophy in a bit more context: http://www.destructoid.com/god-of-war-bros-before-hos-248381.phtml

"...but the real issue is the fact that, after the battle and a brief exchange with a male ally, players get a Trophy called 'Bros Before Hos.'

It's also worth mentioning the Trophy itself is more of a reference to the aforementioned ally with whom Kratos speaks. The "Hos" are indeed a reference to the female villains, but the Trophy is not a direct reference to him beating them up. It was poorly timed, and an utterly insipid use of an equally insipid phrase, but it's important we correctly frame the context here."

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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