Naughty Dog Apologizes for Phone Sex Numbers in The Last of Us

June 27, 2013 -

The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog has apologized to consumers for accidently including sex chat line numbers in the game. At a certain point in the game co-star Joel encounters a bulletin board with two phone numbers for a ‘pest control’ service. A Kotaku reader thought it would be funny to dial them. Both were actually sex chat lines. Developer Naughty Dog has said that their inclusion is a complete mistake and that it intends to have both numbers removed from the game as soon as possible.

"That was an artist's mistake," creative director Neil Druckmann told Kotaku. "What happened was, they put some phone numbers in the game and then they thought they could just change the area code to 555, then it's invalid because it's what they do in movies."

“But I guess that doesn't work when you have a 1-800 in front of it. We're now working to take it out. It was just an honest mistake."

While it was likely an innocent mistake, it still doesn't take away the fact that dialing those numbers provided that Kotaku reader a moment of levity.

Source: MCV

 

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Re: Naughty Dog Apologizes for Phone Sex Numbers in The Last ...

Value added for the lonely and/ or sexually frustrated gamer. Though typing porn in to google is much cheaper.

Re: Naughty Dog Apologizes for Phone Sex Numbers in The Last ...

Is this really an issue? For anyone? Ever?

Re: Naughty Dog Apologizes for Phone Sex Numbers in The Last ...

Word to the wise: Not all 555 numbers are fake. In fact, fake numbers for use in fiction (in the US and Canada) have the form 555-01XX. Without the 01 after the 555, it could well be a real number. It's only this range of a hundred numbers that's actually reserved. So even if they'd left out the 1-800 at the beginning, they could still have been in trouble, though at least then they'd only have been bugging some random individual rather than calling a phone sex line.

A funnier solution is to use a real phone number for a phone at the studio which will play a pre-recorded message. For a game like this, that could have been quite funny indeed. Ah well.

Re: Naughty Dog Apologizes for Phone Sex Numbers in The Last ...

Bought the game before it was censored :)

 
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