"F@#% EPIC GAMES STORE," declares Google's listing for Steam

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  1. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator Staff Member

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    Back in the day, you really had to work hard to pull pranks in Google search results by planting Google Bombs and such. These days, now that the Internet is run by deranged robots made of clouds, it seems Google will happily prank itself. Case in point: today, searching for Steam on Google could return a listing describing Valve’s digital store with the words “F@#% EPIC GAMES STORE” and fragments of broken ASCII art. It doesn’t seem to be the result of a hack, prank, or corporate warfare, just some robot seeing a Steam user’s review of Metro Exodus and thinking “Yeah gwan that’s probably important” in its vaporous little brain.

    My fellow Alice, the Bee, saw ↑ that result when she looked after PCGamesN pointed it out. I’m in the same office today but my Google had cached something different, just listing store categories. Maybe Google thinks she’s rowdier than me. Me and my delicate sensibilities. Or the cloud hanging over my computer just drizzled a different result from its cache. It’s a fleeting thing.

    As VG247 noted, the cussing and busted ASCII art quoted by Google seems to be someone’s full review of Metro Exodus. The fragments are of a big hairy hand with its middle finger extened. Rude gestures are quite popular amongst Exodus’s Steam user reviews.
    Source: rockpapershotgun

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