Video game swear-fests

The Wikipedia page for the episodic video game Life Is Strange says reviewers praised its ‘tackling of taboo subjects’ but ‘disliked the slang’. Straddling these areas is swearing, of which the game makes frequent and impressive use. I haven’t played Life Is Strange but I know about its taboo language, because someone has helpfully compiled a 5½-minute rapid-fire montage of all the swears in the game.

You’ll hear the usual suspects (shit, fuck, ass, dick) and derivatives galore including several X-ass compounds (musty-ass, rusty-ass…), along with creative infixation (what-the-fuck-ever) and modern spins like fuck your selfie, viral slut, bro-holes, and stepdouche. One phrase, knocked on my ass by that dick, recalls Team America’s infamous swear-speech.

Clip is NSFW and includes game spoilers. Some swears appear in the subtitles but not the edited audio track. Enjoy!

The same YouTube user has also made a cursing compilation from the game Dying Light. The swears in this one are more routine, but the cumulative effect is still entertaining:

14 thoughts on “Video game swear-fests

  1. Craig December 7, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    One of the things I did notice in playing this game through recently was that a lot of times the swearing seemed forced. It felt like they were writing it in to make some characters ‘edgier’. Great game but with some awkward swearing.


    • Stan Carey December 7, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks for the inside report. The plausibility of swears is something it was hard to get a sense of from the montage, on account of its pace and lack of context.


  2. John Cowan December 8, 2015 / 1:22 am

    When I read bro-holes, which I had never seen before, I interpreted its parts literally: ‘male anuses’. But I guess not.


    • Stan Carey December 8, 2015 / 9:04 am

      Urban Dictionary (pinch of salt, etc.) has several entries for the term, but as used in the game (“I don’t mind getting picked on by Blackwell bro-holes, but don’t fuck with Kate”, at 3:13 in the video) it seems to be from bro- + asshole. I’ve noticed a growing use of pejorative bro- and man- in their affixal and combining forms in recent years, and here I think bro isn’t a generic reference to maleness so much as to a particular, unpleasant type of maleness.


      • John Cowan December 18, 2015 / 5:53 pm

        Sure. I had no problem with that. But I don’t use hole as a shortening of asshole except in a context of literal anuses: *That guy’s a real hole, man” doesn’t at all suggest to me that he’s an asshole.


  3. Dr Ruth 2point0 December 9, 2015 / 3:42 am

    I find curse words stupid and arbitrary and I don’t fucking care if you don’t like it! ha!


    • Stan Carey December 9, 2015 / 8:24 am

      On the contrary: I think it’s a good thing that even though you find curse words stupid, you’re cursing in the comment section of a blog about cursing.


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