Naughty Dog Apologises For Hidden Sex-Chat Numbers In The Last Of Us
Well. I’m going to try and stop laughing for a moment to type this.
It’s been a week of funny little issues for Naughty Dog and The Last Of Us. First, Ellen Page claimed that The Last Of Us “ripped off” her likeness. Then there was some short-lasting controversy regarding graphic designer Cameron Booth being “fucking furious” to discover that his rendition of the Boston transit map had been used in the game without his permission, or without payment to him.
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For more context on that, Booth owns a blog that’s “a celebration of transit maps and diagrams from around the world”, and found out when a picture of the map in-game made its way onto Twitter, in a post that was intended to compliment Naughty Dog for its real-world accuracy.
Long story short, Booth spoke with Naughty Dog over the phone, apologised for his harsh words and all was well in the world once again.
The Last of Us is home to many secrets, but we’d never have guessed that a pair of hidden sex-chat numbers would be among them. As it happens, a gamer found the numbers, called them and sure enough, was connected the risqué services. Naughty Dog has now apologised for the error. Oops.
Speaking with the site, the game’s creative director Neil Druckmann said, “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. We’re now working to take it out. It was just an honest mistake.”