Bulletstorm's Creator Says All The Cussin' Was 'A Bit More Than We Really Wanted'

Bulletstorm, released in February, is probably still 2011's most foul-mouthed game. It may be 2012's most foul-mouthed game, too. It coined the term "dicktits" after all.

Adrian Chmielarz, the Creative Director at Poland-based People Can Fly, tells the latest edition of Game Developer magazine that he didn't know just how much swearing was going on until he read its Polish translation at the end of the game's development.

Chmielarz said hearing "I will kill your dick", and many other profane, vulgar and obscene words in its juvenile lexicon, had next to no impact because they were being said in a foreign language. "Being Polish, all the strong language in Bulletstorm was just exotic and fun to us," he told Game Developer.

He said Epic thought this was something People Can Fly really wanted and backed its creative vision wholeheartedly, "while we had no idea this vision was a bit more than we really wanted."

"It was only at the end of the development, when I read the Polish translation of the game, that I realised how dirty we were. I swear a lot. A LOT. And yet still I... kind-of blushed."

Bulletstorm didn't make any money for Epic, said Epic's Mike Capps. Offhand, the abundance of swearing and the bawdy tone may have overshadowed the game's distinctive qualities, which were a bit more subtle. Totilo liked it a lot, I thought it did something neat by how it, more or less, commoditised ammunition and made you play creatively. That doesn't get the same kind of attention as does calling someone "dicktits", though.

Game Developer's October Issue Debuts With Bulletstorm Postmortem [Gamasutra]


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    Cartman said dicktits first. Way to do your research american kotaku.

      But who did the south park guys rip it from, everything basically has been said and done before amigo

        I was objecting to the claim of coining but never mind i don't want to stop someone from being right.

          surely if that's what you were actually doing you would have worded it in a way that implied that, not in a way that is similar to a smartass remark made by a person who wanted to get first comment?

            I'm sorry i didn't realise i had to change the way i talked for Kotaku. Thanks for the heads up my very petty friend. Its just an article comment, this is the reason why people hate kotaku. Its full of smart asses(yes me) and people like you who live to correct comment sections and bicker with anyone you believe to be wrong. I'm sorry a simple sentence upset you and i wish you luck in whatever it is that you do.

        Simpsons did it!

    “It was only at the end of the development, when I read the Polish translation of the game, that I realised how dirty we were. I swear a lot. A LOT. And yet still I… kind-of blushed.”

    Naaaaww!

    yeah the swearing does get a bit over the top, but i just found it funny, and took it that they were just making fun of gears of war and other serious shooters that have lots of unneccessary swearing

    Didn't find the swearing that bad at all nor offensive, heck maybe it's the industry I'm in. Thought that game was a breath of well needed fresh air.....in a sea of crapofduty:modern borefares

      +1 - Bulletstorm was amazing

        Bulletstorm was great. It's over the top cursing and "juvenility" suited the game, it's just sort of setting. Made it unique from the sea of same ol' way too serious shooters. It was refreshing and actually pulled off really well, unlike a certain other juvenile FPS that came out not too long ago...
        I get the feeling the most of the people that complained about it were people trying to be a whole lot more sophisticated than they actually were, and couldn't just have some silly fun. Like people who couldn't enjoy the Clive Owen film Shoot 'Em Up. God that movie was a blast! And now we're not getting a sequel to Bulletstorm. Thanks.

      i didnt even realise there was that much swearing in it..

    The swearing made me feel like this game was aimed at 13 year olds.

    The kind that would giggle or think it was super cool that this dude said the swear words he's not allowed to say.

    A juvenile interpretation of, "Bad ass."

    Dicktits have existed in Japanese porn for over 20 years now.

      Haha bless porn!

    I still loved this game. The over the top nature just made it feel like Gears of War directed by Tarantino or Rodriguez or something written by Garth Ennis. If this game had co-op, I think it easily, EASILY, would be one of those games still in my regular rotation.

    I wasn't expecting anything from this game, but when I played it I thought it was an absolutely hoot!

    It was fun, Interesting, and you had to be a bit creative. The over the top dialogue fit right in with the over the top everything else.

    I have trouble trying not to call my asian workmate 'Sushi Dick'

    I thought this game was fantastic fun, slide kicking, steering sniper rifle bullets into heads and someones "junk". It was great. Everything wants to be a serious take on humanity, this focused on being fun and not realistic but gamey!
    More people should buy it.

    I enjoyed the game more than fps in recent memory

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