An Australian politician has called for a change of title and the ceasing of development on Whore of the Orient on grounds that the title is racially insensitive.
28-year-old councillor for the City of Monash region, Jieh-Yung Lo, said that "It's the use of the word 'Orient', more even than the word 'whore', that is the issue. The O-word is very similar to the N-word for African-American communities. It's a 19th century racial-colonial conception and it's especially painful for older people in the communities. That was a very bad time in China, and people don't want or need to have that dragged up."
Mr Lo, who is of Australian Chinese descent, said the matter has been made worse by the fact that the game, which is being made by former employees of LA Noire
dev Team Bondi, has received $200,000 from government-funded Screen New South Wales.
Lo, who describes himself as a gamer and said he enjoyed LA Noire
, has called on the developers to "retract the title and stop development of the game". Contradicting himself somewhat, however, he also said, "The best outcome would be a change of title".
Source: The Age