Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

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Earlier this week, when it became clear that a glove in Lot 2 Resembling a “Kekistan” flag design repurposed by neo-Nazis, developer Bungie quickly apologized and attempted to remove the item from the game. Now the developer is using a public blog post to explain how the symbol got into the game in the first place.

Community manager David “DeeJ” Dague writes that the glove in question, which features a “kek” symbol similar to the “Kekistan flag” popularized by 4chan, was originally created by the game’s developers in June 2015. one of many items in the game that “refer to real art, iconography, font, and other design elements” and that “some of the reference images include the simple mirrored chevron shapes found in the finished piece.”

That gauntlet was eventually flagged by an internal Bungie team that assesses content on “cultural, geographic and other sensitive issues,” Dague writes. “Unfortunately, that review was conducted to examine whether or not we were familiar with the connection to the original, harmless ‘kek’ internet meme. The more contemporary, vile distraction repurposed by hate groups did not surface through this process, and therefore the armor was approved for the ship.”

As Know Your Meme explains, the “kek” meme started out as a pretty harmless replacement for “lol” that started to get popular in games like starcraft and World of Warcraft more than a decade ago. In recent months, however, the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified the meme and the similarly repurposed Pepe the Frog meme as “a favored new way for white nationalists to troll liberals while spreading their meme-driven strategy.”

Dague is clear in naming the kek images in Lot 2 an oversight and immediately says that “we know there was no malicious intent of any kind on the part of anyone on our team.” That said, Dague says Bungie isn’t “asking you for the benefit of the doubt. We know we’re being judged by our actions.” The team is working “to determine how we can more thoroughly examine our game content to protect us and our community from inappropriate images,” he added.

“We want everyone to know that their identity is welcome in our studio and in the worlds we create. This is not just a commonplace, but an official pillar to which we hold ourselves and our work. It is also a clarion call for the type of people we want to bring to our studio to help us make better games.”

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