An "outrageously crude" computer programme has entered record books as the most profane video game ever.

The recently released House Of The Dead: Overkill, which has an 18 certificate, features the word "f***" more than once every minute played, a Guinness World Records spokesman said.

During three hours of "relatively limited" dialogue, the game features 189 uses of the expletive, equating to 3% of all words spoken in the game, researchers found.

Gaz Deaves, from Guinness World Records, said: "It's a mark of the times. This record category pre-existed for movies, music and television, but The House Of The Dead: Overkill is the first video game to be awarded the title in the gamer's edition."

Jonathan Burroughs, the game's writer, said: "It is a dubious honour to receive such an accolade working in an industry where so often the fruits of your labours are derided and dismissed for being puerile or irresponsible.

"But in the case of 'The House Of The Dead: Overkill', a little puerility was the order of business," added Burroughs of the game, which is published by Sega.

"Parodying the profane excess of grindhouse cinema was (game developer) Headstrong Games' objective and I am flattered that this record acknowledges that we not only rose to that challenge, but entirely exceeded it."

This article originally appeared in the Belfast Telegraph