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The Search For The First Video Game To Say 'F***'

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Video games drop the F-bomb a lot these days. Not so long ago one game used it 5,688 times. It wasn't always that way, though.

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(OK, we're in the story now, not on the front page. I can say fuck. Thank fucking goodness.)

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YouTuber DanDan went on a quest to find out exactly which video game was the first ever to take the medium into cursing's big leagues, to the place where parents collapse into puddles of sheet-white horror and mouths are washed out of existence. Fuck spoken out loud, sans censorship, was the goal. Here's what he found by way of his own research:

In short, a few games have jockeyed for the honor over the years, including adventure games The Orion Conspiracy (1995) and Discworld (1995), and a glitch in 1991 shooter Llamatron that caused an uncensored sample of the phrase "oh fuck" to be cued up when the player died.

However, that doesn't necessarily mean the mystery is solved. A commenter on the video pointed out that at least one game, Paranoia for the PCEngine, did it in 1990. And sure enough:

So it's kinda hard to be certain. Do any of you know of games that boldly, brazenly opened a gate to the fuckdimension (spoken and uncensored) before 1990? This is no longer just about video games. This is about history.

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Also the word fuckdimension makes me giggle.

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Try Beach Head II, back in 1985 on the C-64. You make me laugh when you talk about anything in the 90s breaking any ground. Shoot one of the guys in the beach landing and they clearly say "Fuck". You can mess with the sound settings in game and hear it even clearer.