Ways Ogre Reborn, a remastered model of Ways Ogre: Let Us Cling Collectively, itself a remake of a strategy-RPG basic, assigns a default get together identify primarily based in your character’s date of start. In case your date of start is between Might 2 and Might 25, that default identify is Flamescale. As Twitter user Choojermelon points out (opens in new tab), although it is one of many names the sport picks for you, making an attempt to just accept it leads to the error message, “Textual content comprises banned phrases. Please change your entry.”
Choojermelon instructed it may very well be as a result of Flamescale comprises the phrase “mescal”, an abbreviation of “mescaline”, as within the hallucinogenic drug. Others theorized it is perhaps due to containing “lame” as a substitute, however making an attempt it myself “lame” by itself is ok whereas “mescal” is just not. Additionally banned: cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and heroin, although not marijuana.
It would not be the primary time a profanity filter has been tripped up by an innocuous phrase as a result of one other phrase on a ban record was inside it. The Darkish Souls 2 profanity filter was notorious for stopping gamers from having the phrase “knight” of their identify as a result of it filtered out something containing the letters “nig”. Darkish Souls 2’s banned glossary (opens in new tab) has been uploaded, so you’ll be able to learn it and be baffled by the inclusion of such harmless strings of letters as “however” (absolutely simply banning “butt” would do the job?) alongside longer phrases of weird specificity like “cockfucklutated”.
What makes the harshness of Ways Ogre Reborn’s filter extra notable is that it is a wholly singleplayer recreation. We’re used to on-line video games having chat filters, and ensuing oddities like Genshin Influence censoring the phrases “Taiwan”, “Hong Kong”, “Putin”, “Hitler”, and “phrases”, however seeing a strict filter in a singleplayer recreation is extra shocking. Is it a remnant of a canceled multiplayer mode, or was it included for the sake of proscribing streamers and pranksters who may add a screenshot of a impolite phrase on social media?
It is a good distance from Fallout 4, which not solely allow you to enter “Fuck”, “Fucker”, or “Fuckface” as your character’s identify however rewarded you by having robotic butler Codsworth greet you with strains recorded particularly for them. I attempted calling my get together “Fuckface” in Ways Ogre Reborn, but it surely wasn’t having a bar of it. “Cockfucklutated” was proper out.