Friday, June 28, 2013

Naughty Dog Removing Sex Hotlines from The Last of Us

I'm not sure how many of you have found this for yourself, or heard about it, but let me explain. In the newest Naughty Dog game "The Last of Us," you can come across two numbers for "pest control" services; however there's something a little off about them. As you may know, when a fake number is used in a movie or game, 555 is used to start the number off. Well, these numbers are 800 numbers, and when called it turns out they are actual sex hotlines.

According to a GameSpot news article written by Eddie Makuch, this was a mistake. According to creative director Neil Druckmann "That was an artist's mistake. What happened was, they put some phone numbers in the game and then they thought they could just change the area code to 555, then it's invalid because it's what they do in movies. But I guess that doesn't work when you have a 1-800 in front of it." Druckmann also confirmed that they are working on the problem, and that it should be patched at a future date.

So, what do you guys think? Truth be told, this isn't the first time something like this happened with a video game; in fact it happened MANY years ago on the NES. In the game Who Framed Roger Rabbit, at one point you get a phone number which you are meant to call so you can move on with the game. Well, since the original service has been shut down, it too has been replaced with a sex line. It's not really something you would expect from a Nintendo game, but that's what happens when you decide to use real phone numbers in any form of media.