According to local news reports, Neal Stapel was happily playing Portal 2 with his 10-year old daughter Zoe. The game is rated E for Everyone, but Stapel was horrified by some of the language he heard in the game.
[img_big]center,60,2010-08-23/wheatley.jpg,Wheatley, from Portal 2[/img_big]
A scene in the game features one character going out of his way to insult Chell, the protagonist. Among other things, he taunts her for being adopted (and fat).
Alright, fatty. Adopted fatty. Fatty, fatty no parents.
North Carolina news channel [surl=http://www.wbtv.com/story/14662694/tonight-at-5-video-game-taunts-adopted-children]WBTV[/surl] reports that Stapel and his wife have never hidden the fact that Zoe was adopted from China, but that it was still a confronting moment.
“It throws the question, the most ultimate question that that child is ever gonna have for you and it just throws it right in your living room.
“It says it’s rated “E” for everybody and I’m thinking maybe it’s rated “E” for everybody except for orphans.”
Stapel says that most people wouldn’t find the joke offensive, unless they are adopted, or an adoptive parent, in which case it is “literally the worst thing” a person could hear.
For what it’s worth, Zoe claims she didn’t hear the in-game quote, which her father interprets as not wanting to talk about the issue. He says he won’t force it.
Neither the report, nor Stapel’s complaint, addresses the fact that later in the game, the character points out that there is nothing wrong with being adopted.