New Dead Island: Riptide Bundle Offers Bloody Boobs

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New Dead Island: Riptide Bundle Offers Bloody Boobs

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Developer Deep Silver shows off the bloodiest limited edition bundle we've ever seen.

Check your calendar just to be sure it's not April Fools' Day: This is 100% real. In anticipation of its upcoming zombie slasher Dead Island: Riptide, developer Deep Silver has revealed a new bundle option for gamers in the UK. Named the "Zombie Bait Edition," the package comes with some fancy artwork, DLC weapons, and... a woman's bikini-clad torso, drenched in blood.

The model stands roughly a foot high, complete with what appears to be claw and bite marks, exposed ribs, and a Union Jack-themed bikini that leaves very little to the imagination. It might seem a bit cheesy, and a bit tasteless, and a bit disgusting... but Deep Silver sales and marketing director Paul Nicholls is pretty sure you're going to love it.

"Dead Island: Riptide is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and is set to build on the original's reputation for OTT action, dark humor and brutal zombie bashing," Nicholls claims. "We wanted to provide a unique collector's edition that was utterly Dead Island and would make a striking conversation piece on any discerning zombie gamer's mantel."

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Yeah, we imagine it will spark some conversations. Like when a relative sees it in your living room and promptly dismisses your gaming habit as childish. You see, that will give you an opportunity to defend the hobby we all love. You can explain how the statue is really just a modern interpretation of an "iconic Roman marble torso" like Deep Silver suggests. Just make sure you're sipping expensive wine and talking in a fancy accent when you do so. That'll show 'em!

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The only way I can see that thing fitting on a mantle is if that mantle is already full of assorted zombie ornaments. Otherwise the theme might just be lost on the fact you've got a bikini-clad torso chilling in your living room.

Well that's just horrid.

Plus I don't see that fitting in most bookcases.

And it had to be a torso in a bikini. It just had to have only a bikini on. That just simply had to be the case.

Literal What. That torso seems a little too gross to be something that people would want. And the people who do... Well I don't want to think what they might do with it apart from a dislay piece.

Also what's the bloody envelope?

MikeWehner:
"Dead Island: Riptide is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and is set to build on the original's reputation for OTT action, dark humor and brutal zombie bashing," Nicholls claims.

It is? Strange for him to think that when there hasn't been that much hype for it. In fact I've barely seen the game advertised anywhere apart from one or two articles on the Escapist. Also wasn't the original's reputation meant to be originally be a thought provoking and depressing game? (That was until they actually released the game and the trailers didn't match up with the content.) And Dark humour? Unless they are talking about the terribly evil bugs in the game's system then I haven't found many instances of such things. *Grumble* Zombie ate my samurai blade. *Grumble*

Thyunda:
The only way I can see that thing fitting on a mantle is if that mantle is already full of assorted zombie ornaments. Otherwise the theme might just be lost on the fact you've got a bikini-clad torso chilling in your living room.

I actually like it. A few of my buddies who collect horror memorabilia (You know the sort, giant alien statues, fake blood, corpses, love halloween to the point of insanity) have already pre-ordered this and they don't even play games all that much.

Well this doesn't seem like something people would want to have on display in their homes. I mean they could've come up with any other preorder item, but they went for a bloody torso in a bikini. Guarantee some people will think your some sorta sick murderer if they see that in your house.
Welp, looks like I gotta change where I hide the bodies now. >.>

Heh, people already think I'm weird enough without having one of those things.

I think I just threw up a bit... Ugh. I really gotta ask, why? Who in their sane mind would want this? Who would say "Why yes I'd love a decapitated, limbless torso clad in nothing but a bikini on my shelf"? I don't mind zombies much but this is just disgusting. Forget conversation: I'll be in the bathroom, probably going bulimic.

Capitano Segnaposto:

Thyunda:
The only way I can see that thing fitting on a mantle is if that mantle is already full of assorted zombie ornaments. Otherwise the theme might just be lost on the fact you've got a bikini-clad torso chilling in your living room.

I actually like it. A few of my buddies who collect horror memorabilia (You know the sort, giant alien statues, fake blood, corpses, love halloween to the point of insanity) have already pre-ordered this and they don't even play games all that much.

Isn't that the exact situation in which I said this would be acceptable...?

I didn't know the next Dead Space game was actually set on a tropical island.

XMark:
Heh, people already think I'm weird enough without having one of those things.

Now if they REALLY wanted to move a product, they'd have replaced the torso with a zombie split head book end: one half at each end.

Dear video game industry,

We're trying to get AWAY from the whole "lonely guys who just want sex in our games" image! Stop it!

To the people who market these ideas, grow up already!

Wow. I don't go for collector's editions with all their accompanying clutter, but even if I did I'd be embarrassed to have that... thing... in my house.

"We wanted to provide a unique collector's edition that was utterly Dead Island and would make a striking conversation piece on any discerning zombie gamer's mantel."

Bullshit!
You know it,
I know it.

"It's just cool!" is the only real thought behind this.
You don't want people to hold a striking conversation about it.
You want people to think it's either cool, gross, or both.

Don't insult me by saying it's anything other than that.

WTF?? thats what i was thinking.
dint even like the game, dint even finish it because it was boring and dull. and this addition doesnt even change my mind. more a "stay away from this as well" thought.

What the fuck happened between that awesome damn trailer for the original Dead Island and now?

Did their old marketing team just collectively commit suicide to be replaced by monkeys?

I just...

an annoyed writer:
I think I just threw up a bit... Ugh. I really gotta ask, why? Who in their sane mind would want this? Who would say "Why yes I'd love a decapitated, limbless torso clad in nothing but a bikini on my shelf"? I don't mind zombies much but this is just disgusting. Forget conversation: I'll be in the bathroom, probably going bulimic.

It's okay. Most of the conversation will be along the lines of "what the hell is wrong with you?"

Can I just say "what the fuck?" here please? Thank you.

What the fuck? What the fucking fuck-fuck? What the fucking fuck-fuck is this fucking fucked up piece of fuck and what fucking fuck-head would fucking think this is a good fucking idea? This is fucked up! Literally as fucking fucked up as anything can fucking be.

It's a SEXUALISED DISEMBODIED BLOODY TORSO. Okay, I know some people are into Guro and you know, this is probably your sort of thing and I don't really care about that. You can be turned on by whatever you like but for a professional gaming company to think "Yes, this is what I want to give to gamers. This is what they want." is stupid. This is disgusting. Really disgusting. Imagine if anyone, ANYONE came over and had no idea what it was and saw it. You would look like a god damn maniac, a freak, a person of an unwell mind. They would leave and you would be the gossip topic of the month because this thing is so horrifyingly grotesque. I'm fine if this is your thing, but honestly, I'm sure if you have any social skills whatsoever you'll think that having it around the house is a bad and dumb idea.

Ranorak:

You don't want people to hold a striking conversation about it.

I don't know, I'd imagine you'd have a pretty decent striking conversation with this. I mean, it's somewhat large, looks like it can cause some damage, it's probably easy to handle. At the very least you have something to hit them with when they hit you with a bat.

OP: At first I was thinking of who the hell would buy that, then I remember the amount of horror memorabilia I've seen bought and realize that the same type of person who collects those things would probably play Dead Island.

Also, I can't be the only one who thought, for a second, that this is what happened to the torso of those *hm-hmm* fake pelvises at sex shops. You know the ones

Gee that's not going to be controversial at all.
/sarcasm

tilts head.....

I think at this point I have explanation. Their marketing department is in a competition with EA's to try to out do each other for most idiotic marketing ideas.

This is just stupid on several levels. I honestly can't imagine anyone wanting a gory bikini clad torso and I have my share of pointless collectors editions. To everyone else (and probably more then a few in gaming) it really just makes gaming (and their game in particular) look shallow and sexist. I'm baffled that anyone involved thought this was a good idea.

Wuuuh...Why... I...damn it everyone already took all the "what the fucks" looks like I'm just stuck with that "why..."
Seriously this is in no way going to help gaming's current situation heh.
Again though, ....why?

As someone else already said, unless the guy has a series of horror memorabilia, this seems kinda "cheap bad taste horror" thing... It doesn't even remind you in any particular way of the game, I'd totally understand a zombie head or something, however, this female limb is almost offensive, I mean do YOU want a female corpse hanging in your room?

Fox News will blame every shooting, and women-killer serial killers, from now on on this game...

This is tasteless but hey they certantly don't seem to care. Ballsy but pass thanks.

my mother and i was discussing how videogames weren't just violence and gore when I logged on to the site. guess what i lost the argument because of this.

Seriously. that's just f***ed up, even for a zombie game

For the love of... who dreamed this up, thinking 'yeah, this is a great idea, there's no way this can go wrong'. If this is what people in the game industry think of their audience, then how can it be expected that other people should take gaming seriously as a media and an art form. Ugh. Also, greatly anticipated? I was under the impression that dead island was a flop. Probably more of a publicity stunt for them.

I really don't have anything to add, but I still feel the need to add my share of bile on this disgradeful, tasteless debacle. Fucking idiotic, stupid, sexist, tasteless, unbelievably misjudged and all that stuff. Who in their right mind would think this was a good idea? This is probably going to cause quite a buzz. And rightly so. The guy who thought this up needs to be fired and the rest of the dev team really needs to rethink their hiring policies.

Who the hell though this was a good idea? Apparently women can't even get away from sexualisation when they are dead...

After things such as the controversy with the feminist whore skill from the first and just the general argument concerning sexism in the industry, you'd think they know better to make the torso male. Yeah, there's the talk about too much violence in games, but I'd imagine more people would be willing to defend the item as cool if the sex was switched. Then again, they probably expected outrage and chose this on purpose. Seriously, by making object female in design, they generate more bad press than good.

Disgusting. If they wanted to make a figurine, why not a skull or some fake weapon? This mauled female torso is just outright vile.

You know, for all the people that will call this "tasteless" or "childish" or that one word we all know and love "sexist," I can't bring myself to agree. People have been making statues and art of the female body for quite literally thousands of years. And for some reason that belongs in a museum and this doesn't? Fucking hypocritical.

You know why we've been making art like this for so long? Because the female body is a beautiful thing to behold.

I'm gonna have to go with my old pal Kenichiro Takaki, producer of Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus.
"Tits are life, ass is hometown."

That guy is probably more mature than most people that will oppose such an object. Because those that deny the female form are probably just children trying to act like an adult. Protip: Guys don't stop liking tits just because they reached some magical age barrier. An adult just learns to accept they aren't perfect and that life should be enjoyed for all the splendor and "bounty" the world has to offer. If you get my drift.

But seriously, with cuts and lacerations like that, I don't think I'll be getting my rocks off to it anytime soon. Looks painful and icky. My beef isn't with people that dislike the bust, you have every right to dislike it. My beef is with the people that will just blindly go into a frenzy and foam at the mouth while shouting because there's some skin showing. Acting like they are some moral crusader on a mission from above to stop the sexualization of God damn anything because thinking lewd thoughts is for naughty little children that should be punished.

Oh God, I feel so bad for being a man right now...

Well that's certainly a bold collector's item for limited edition.

And to everyone constantly asking "WHY?":

Capitano Segnaposto:

I actually like it. A few of my buddies who collect horror memorabilia (You know the sort, giant alien statues, fake blood, corpses, love halloween to the point of insanity) have already pre-ordered this and they don't even play games all that much.

Pretty much the first thing I thought of when I saw this.

And think of the potential practical joke applications!

Riobux:
And it had to be a torso in a bikini. It just had to have only a bikini on. That just simply had to be the case.

yeah well, keep in mind the setting of Dead Island, everyone but the army is wearing swim clothing

yeah that's the only defense I got for it, no way in shit I'm buying that thing

The thought process must have gone something like:

Dev 1: "You know what gamers like?"
Dev 2: "Getting their monies worth?"
Dev 1: "Hah! No... Boobs!"
Dev 2: "Well I am sure a lot of them do, but I don't see how-"
Dev 1: "You know what they like in their FPS's?"
Dev 2: "A variety of weapons, interesting levels and-"
Dev 1: "Blood and gore!"
Dev 2: "Well I am sure that's a part of it but-"
Dev 1: "You know what British people like?"
Dev 2: "Tea, biscuits and-"
Dev 1: "The Union Jack of course!"
Dev 2: "Okay so what's your point?"
Dev 1: "I have an idea of how to use all of these in our limited edition!"
Dev 2: "So we are making a diorama of an attractive woman, draped in the Union Jack, holding a gun and shooting zombies?"
Dev 1: "What?! We are going to make a model of a damaged torso of a busty woman covered in blood wearing a Union jack bikini."
Dev 2: "..."

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