MoldyClay wrote:Yeaaah. It's not offensive in it's literal meaning, but it'd be to them like if we had "retarded" in the game.
In the real world it just means delayed or slowed/stunted or something, but it's used as a negative slang, so it can't be said/used. Same deal.
They (I believe?) also had Left 4 Dead 2's cover changed so the hand was flipped around, because the two fingers facing a certain way is the equivalent to a middle finger or something like that.
It's a cultural thing.
And by the way, wasn't Super Paper Mario recalled in the UK for the same reason, but for a different word? I can't remember which word was, though.
Cipher DX wrote:This is true, I remember it being recalled the day it was initially released. Had to be reissued about six weeks later.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of people who use the word "spastic" or more commonly "spaz" here in the UK use it as an insult aimed at the mentally retarded or otherwise disabled. It's not used quite as often as "retard" - another popular playground insult - but you do still get quite a lot of it.
In the US, I know neither retarded nor spastic are in the least bit offensive, but they are in the UK, and sadly it's mainly down to playground culture.
koopaul wrote:In the U.S. "spastic" mostly means "out of control"
One time my friend's motorcycle was acting weird, and kept running a certain way. He said it was "acting spastic"