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Developer: Phone sex numbers accidental in 'The Last of Us' video game

July 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 1 (UPI) -- California video game company Naughty Dog said 800 numbers in the PlayStation 3 game "The Last of Us" turned out to be real phone sex lines and will be removed.

Website Kotaku said it investigated a tip that numbers, which in the game are supposed to be for quality pest control in post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh, connected to real adult chat lines and discovered the report to be true.

Neil Druckmann, the game's creative director, told the website the numbers were supposed to be fake.

"That was an artist's mistake," he said. "What happened was, they put some phone numbers in the game and then they thought they could just change the area code to 555, then it's invalid because it's what they do in movies. But I guess that doesn't work when you have a 1-800 in front of it."

Sony issued a statement saying the numbers would be changed using a patch to be issued Monday, the New York Daily News reported.

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