You think you’ve seen it all, and then along comes someone to dig even deeper. A company called Skaldic Games came up with a little game they had up on Steam, before it got pulled. It was called Kill the Faggot. It was appalling, as you might guess from the title.
It was a pathetic little arcade style shooter: you moved a crosshair around the screen, clicked a button, and shot whatever was under the crosshairs. Only the targets were running groups of people, some of whom were stereotypically gay, and others were cartoonishly transgender individuals. And you got points for killing them.
I didn’t really believe anyone could be scribbling this kind of crap nowadays, but then Jim Sterling reviewed it. He sounds almost speechless as he tries to discuss it.
Here’s the person who created this crude and incompetent monstrosity.
A California game developer, skateboarder, and failed Christian shoe promoter named Randall Herman, has launched what might be one of the most offensive anti-gay games ever created, called “Kill The Faggot.”
Why am I not surprised that it was a Christian failure who created this thing?
In addition to the game, app, music, and skateboarding projects listed on Herman’s personal site, Ars Technica found another project with his full name and likeness attached: Devotor Footwear. Herman, who rode a skateboard while wearing Devotor shoes in the site’s primary YouTube video, launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 on behalf of a skateboarding shoe company “with one goal in mind: to promote the words and teachings of Jesus Christ through quality footwear.” That campaign was canceled before coming anywhere near its $20,000 fundraising goal. (Herman created a separate Kickstarter account for his video game projects, but a Whoisology search confirmed that a Randall Herman with a Skaldic Games e-mail address registered the site for Devotor Footwear.)
In an e-mail response to Ars Technica, Herman confirmed that he made the KTF game entirely by himself and that Valve delisted and banned the game within “about two hours” of the game going live. When asked about his role in creating Devotor, Herman claimed that he merely “built and hosted” the Devotor site “for a friend.” When pressed about the fact that Herman posted to at least one forum saying he “started” the shoe site himself, rather than list any other names either at that forum or at the project’s original Kickstarter, Herman insisted that he was “promoting it for a friend.” He declined to respond to any questions about the ideological conflict between those two decidedly different projects.
I guess now he has branched out into promoting the words and teachings of Jesus Christ through bad games and hate speech. Remember that name, Randall Herman, and his company, Skaldic Games, and never ever buy anything from him.
Now that’s clever marketing!