15 September 2017 - 13:37

Bungie has detailed how "racist" gauntlets came to be in Destiny 2

It sounds like it was an honest mistake.
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Bungie has explained how a pair of gauntlets that depicted "racist" imagery came to be in Destiny 2.

The gauntlets, which share similar design characteristics with the "Kekistan" flag, will soon be patched entirely out of the game. Bungie explained how it happened in its weekly blog post.

"The design in question was initially created as part of gear foundry explorations in June of 2015," said the blog post. "Graphic designers routinely reference real world art, iconography, typeface, and other design elements to inform the choices they make. In this case, some of the reference imagery featured the simple mirrored chevron shapes found in the finished piece. Some graphic design that belongs to sports teams provided some inspiration as well, along with some primitive shapes and chevrons that were used to permeate our Guardian class iconography."

The gauntlets in question

The gauntlets were indeed flagged for their relation to the "kek" meme, but Bungie did not connect the dots to how the imagery was repurposed and adopted by white nationalists as a flag of their own.

"Although the design wasn’t emulative of the meme in question, the armor piece was eventually flagged by another team responsible for reviewing content for cultural, geographical, and other sensitive issues," the blog post said. "Unfortunately, that review was conducted to explore whether or not we were comfortable with the connection to the original, innocuous 'kek' internet meme. The more contemporary, vile derivation that has been repurposed by hate groups was not surfaced through this process, and therefore, the armor was approved for ship."

Moving forward, Bungie plans to be even more diligent in their process to try to avoid any confusion or misconceptions like this one.

"We are digging in to determine how we can more deeply vet our game content to shield us, and our community, from inappropriate imagery," the post said. "Though we are still investigating our creative process in full, we know there was no degree of malicious intent from anyone on our team. That said, we do recognize that the design in question is close enough to warrant removal from the game."

Bungie said it hopes to build an inclusive world both in and out of the game.

"We aren’t asking you for the benefit of the doubt," said the post. "We know we are judged by our actions. We want to thank the members of our community, and the press, for bringing this matter to our attention. We will always strive to make all players feel welcome in our worlds, to promote positive experiences, and to portray a bright and hopeful world in Destiny 2, and in every game world we create."

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