Kill the F*ggot
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Kill the F*ggot is a shareware demo created by an indie developer under the name of Skaldic Games. The demo was supposed to be a minigame for a (now canceled) major game project named "The Shelter: A Survival History". The demo was posted on Steam Greenlight on May 5, 2015 and was pulled just a few hours later by Valve.
Despite the mediocrity of Kill the F*ggot and the little fame of Skaldic Games before it, the demo gained notoriety for its homophobic/transphobic themes and the massive backlash from gamer communities, game journalists, LGBT activists and religious activists. Many people accused the developer of being homophobic because of his Christian background, making the situation even more controversial. The game reviewer Jim Sterling managed to download it early and recorded a gameplay video, helping it to get the unwanted attention that it did.
With the massive backlash, Skaldic Games went out of business in a matter of days, and The Shelter, which was scheduled for the end of 2015, was never heard from again.
Why It Sucks
- Kill the F*ggot is nothing but a shooting gallery with three scenarios for the player to choose. The three scenarios are wastelands since The Shelter was supposed to take place in a post-apocalyptic world. The player must kill bystander homosexuals and transgenders for a bigger score, and is penalized for killing straight people, which is outright insulting against the LGBT community.
- The transgender targets, in particular, are represented by bearded trans women, who are clearly masturbating.
- Furthermore, the homosexual targets are all effeminate men. This suggests that the developer hates male homosexuals for not being "macho" enough.
- The developer hired two voice actors without telling them how their work was going to be used. As a result, they quit the moment they found out and publicly apologized in order to avoid lawsuits and damage to their careers.
- After the controversy, the developer released a statement saying that he was not going to make an apology, and The Shelter would be even more polemic when completed. He claimed that his demo didn't encourage hostility towards LGBT people, but the in-game description suggests otherwise: "Hate gays? Want to unleash your frustration with the “LGBT” community? Well now is your chance"
- Terrible optimization, even considering that it is just a minigame demo.