A game with LGBT pirates and a “forced transgender striptease” has been removed from sale after just six days on Steam. Those who played The Zombiest Adventures In the Perverted Age of Enlightenment With a Pinch of Woodpunk “weren’t very impressed,” says the game’s publisher Snowbird Games.
Snowbird Games also admits that its game, which offers some of the more questionable examples of LGBTQ characters in video games in recent memory, is an “experiment [that] did not turn out too well.”
LGBT Pirate Game Removed from Steam
In a post on the game’s Steam page, Snowbird Games explains that although it thinks that The Zombiest Adventures is “pretty good” most players do not. Saying that there’s “no point in arguing” the company has decided to stop selling the ORGS Studio-developed game and return money to those who actually purchased it. The game was on sale from April 28 until May 4.
The publisher also details its initial plan for the game – that it would let ORGS Studio make a game that was “silly” and “trashy” (at times) and that it wouldn’t compete with mods that “have a bit of everything.” Snowbird also notes that the game offered LGBT pirates, a “forced transgender striptease” and a Nobel laureate in literature as a game character. “Reviews showed there’s some people who would be into this kind of stuff,” the company said.
A game with LGBT pirates does sound like good fun and no doubt plenty would enjoy a tie-in of Starz’ gay-themed pirate show Black Sails. A zombie game that doesn’t take itself so seriously also sounds like a riot. A game with a forced striptease involving a transgender character, however, does not and it’s no wonder why “the majority of players just weren’t very impressed by this idea,” according to Snowbird.
Without having purchased or played The Zombiest Adventures before Snowbird removed it from sale, it’s hard to fully assess its representation of LGBT people but from the publisher’s description one can only imagine how atrocious it is.
Depicting any character being forced to strip is pretty terrible but especially transgender characters given the already abysmal representation of trans people and their stories in the media and that transgender people are already dehumanised as is (a reason why transgender folks face such horrific abuse and violence.)
The clue is also in the name – the ‘perverted’ age. The survival game is set in 1650s, which probably explains the title, but again with LGBT people already called perverts for just existing, it’s unlikely that many LGBT gamers would turn to this game looking for decent representation or even representation that isn’t totally awful.
Snowbird suggests that The Zombiest Adventures could come back in future as DLC with a lower price tag attached but “for the time being it’s better to remove the game from digital shelves altogether.” Judging from the ‘mostly negative’ reviews on Steam, it doesn’t seem as though anyone is particularly interested in seeing it come back.