Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jan 30, 2012

Racial Slur Found In Minecraft Will Remain Until Next Update

A racial slur was found in a snapshot build of Minecraft recently, and it will not be fixed until the next update, as Minecraft’s head developer Jens Bergensten explains. The offending line in question is only accessible if you use the Afrikaans language option. It reads “You are a N*****”.

Bergensten blames the inclusion of the slur on the fact that Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, use crowd-sourced translations for many of the different languages. While normally this is a very safe and accurate way of doing such translations, occasionally pranksters will come in and make “contributions” such as this.

Because this is not a game-breaking issue, and because it’s part of a weekly build, the translation won’t be fixed until the next weekly build is released, which will be on Thursday. As Bergensten told Kotaku, “I usually only do panic updates when there are severe bugs, such as bugs that corrupt save files, or make the game unable to connect to servers, and such.”


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