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Mean Game: a WAFF 48 News Special Report

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A popular video game is stirring up some controversy. 

A father is speaking out, warning parents it could be offensive for your kids too.

"I didn't know what to do. I still don't know what to do," said Neal Staple.

He still can't believe what he heard while playing the video game, Portal 2, with his 10 year old adopted daughter, Zoey.

"Alright, fatty. Adopted fatty. Fatty, fatty no parents." This is just some of the dialogue you'll hear in the game. The character in Portal 2 is actually taunted for being adopted.

"It literally pokes fun for not having parents," said Staple.

While Staple says he and wife, Marsha, have never hidden the fact that Zoey is adopted, they wanted to wait until she was ready to talk about.

"She's Chinese. She obviously doesn't look like us. [The game] 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," he added.

Shocked at what he heard, Staple immediately cut the game off, hoping his daughter hadn't heard the cruel joke from a video game billed as educational and appropriate for everyone 10 and up. @

"It says it's rated "E" for everybody and I'm thinking maybe it's rated "E" for everybody except for orphans. If you're not an adoptive parent it's probably not that big a deal to you. If you are, it's literally the worst thing I could have probably heard," said Staple.

But did Zoey hear it?

"She's sticking to her guns that she didn't hear it. And to me, that message means she's not ready to talk about it and I'm not gonna force it," he said.

Until she's ready to talk about it, Staple says they try to steer Zoey away from that part of the game.

But we wanted to hear why the company who makes the game decided to go in this direction. So, we reached out to Valve, but so far, haven't gotten a response.

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