Well what games ever go into a tangent about describing how their fictional curse words came about?
I like Slugger. I like that the word slug has a variety of different meanings. Is a slugger someone that slugs people? Or is it related to the slimy creature, calling them spineless? I like that slugger rhymes with bugger, which I know has different meanings on either side of the pond. The first time I saw an American online calling children little buggers, well which I know has a different meaning.
Heh google says “Bugger: US informal a person or animal, especially a young one that you like very much: He’s a cute little bugger, isn’t he?”
Yep, definitely not what we mean here. I like that it’s also got a similar enough sound to the swear word it’s likely replaced.
I can actually see some of the thought process behind slugger, and I think people are being unfairly harsh on it.
I find certain swear words jarring, especially if used in a setting that isn’t modern.
Also, swear words have context. Would the word ‘fuck’ be used as a curse word in a society where sex is not a dirty thing that people should be ashamed of? Cock, dick, cunt, arse, all sexual parts of the anatomy. Are they always going to be insults?
Curses like damn and hell wouldn’t be used in societies which don’t have the same religious background as we have.
The likes of shit and crap and piss rely on certain biological functions being considered filthy. Bastard’s an insult based on having unmarried parents, if marriage is different, then bastard may no longer be a word that matters at all. If there’s complete equality between the sexes (heh I typed sexists there originally which changes the meaning), and always has been then you’re not going to be using the likes of bitch as an insult.
So sometimes I think just using the modern insults we use nowadays is just plain lazy world-building.
However, I also find swear-words jarring. I like replacement curses which don’t have the same impact, which are softer. Heroes Rise, for instance, was very much based on comics. The use of a fake swear word fitted in fine for me there. Now if it had been a modern day game, I’d have definitely suggested just use some real swear words, or not at all.
But yes I do find real swear words distracting in a way fakes aren’t.