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Sony changes "misogynistic" God of War: Ascension Trophy name

"The text was offensive to some members of our community."

Sony will change a God of War: Ascension Trophy that had been accused by some of being misogynistic.

The Trophy in question is called "Bros Before Hos", and is awarded to players after stomping on the face of one of the Furies, Ascension's demonic female antagonists.

A patch due out alongside the release of the game will change the name of the Trophy to "Bros Before Foes", Sony confirmed to Joystiq.

The Trophy was criticised by a number of reviewers of the game last week, including Adam Sessler, who in a video review said:

"This gut punch of misogyny irredeemably sours this game and it's shocking that such a talented developer would traffic in such a contemptible attitude. I have always liked the adult fantasy of the God of War games - that Grand Guignol silliness - and in this moment, it's all reduced to some frat-house joke, making me ashamed that I ever thought it was more than that in the first place."

As Sessler's comments sparked debate, Sony Santa Monica game director Todd Papy took to Twitter to say a female producer came up with the eyebrow-raising name.

"Yep it is a trophy," Papy said. "In fact one of our female producers came up with it. Right or Wrong..."

"The text was offensive to some members of our community and impacted their enjoyment of the game," Sony Santa Monica said in a statement issued last night.

"We are endlessly committed to ensuring that our community can fully enjoy the experiences the team has created. As such, we've addressed the feedback and amended the Trophy in question."

The Trophy had caused a somewhat muted debate online. Those who defended its name said it was in-line with previous games in the God of War series, which is famous for its shocking violence and adult content. God of War 3, for example, includes a Trophy called, "I didn't do it... but I wish I did", awarded for saving a Poseidon Princess before brutally crushing her under gears in order for series anti-hero Kratos to progress through a level.

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