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Hindus Want Sony to Pull Recent PS2 Exclusive Hanuman Game
Hindus have reportedly urged Sony Corporation to withdraw the newly released "Hanuman: Boy Warrior" video game for PlayStation 2 console, saying it trivializes the highly revered deity of Hinduism.
To quote: We posted with some excitement a few weeks back that India had produced their first video game, Hanuman: Boy Warrior. Sadly, the game hasn't gone down too well with the Hindu community.
Rajan Zed, an acclaimed Hindu statesman, said that the game put players in control of the Lord Hanuman, while in reality believers put the destiny of themselves in the hands of their deities. He said the re-imagining the scriptures for commercial gain would hurt devotees.
No word on whether Sony are going to pull the game or not yet, but it's obviously a very sensitive matter for Hindus.
We can't help but think it's a shame though, we were genuinely really excited for India's developer's putting out their first release and, now this.
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04-17-2009 #2zeedai Guest
I am an Indian Muslim living in London. I was brought up in india. I support the demand of Hindus in India. Hanuman is one of the Great Gods for Them. By making a Hanuman Game people can make Hanuman Kill innocent people or Haanuman can Die which is not accepted by them. Why to play and make a Game which hurt Someone? I dont think i will ever buy this Game.
04-17-2009 #3JeffJ Guest
its nothing personal, why cant people ever see this. its a GAME.
every single game out there offends some one in some way. and if we pull them all because of this then we have none left. if you don't like the game or it offends you the answer is simple. do not buy it. and do not play it. If a game can make you question your religion, then you must not be that devoted. And if a god dieing in a game bothers you so much, then the line between entertainment and real life is too thin in your life style. and if thats the case you have bigger fish to fry and people around you may or may not be in danger.
again, sorry if i offended but common people, games are games life is life and there is a severe difference that you should be able to identify.
04-17-2009 #4Veritech Guest
Unfortunately at the same time, players might take in the game as what those gods and godesses stand for as what the videogame portrays instead of the real side of the religious scriptures.
It's a lose, lose situation for everyone at this point. I would love to play the title as I have a need for original game concepts, unfortunately a lot of hard work and effort might be destroyed.
04-17-2009 #5altervi Guest
its a new fight arcade game for ps2?
04-18-2009 #6sharks Guest
Wrong move from Sony.
Apparently, it seems we now have an addition to the genres of games; religious action characters, coming next in Street Fighter or Tekken maybe?
Let's just consider this for a moment - what if some developer made a game featuring Jesus Christ fighting and dying if mission failed, and killing people, like in GTA. As far as i know, Jesus never killed, bad or good. This might prove funny to some, but i don't think all the Christians around the world would agree with allowing this game to exist and demean their God. There would be a definite uproar and probably the game company would have to close down, with public apologies for their shortsightedness. Or worse, for all the religious extremists which concentrate mainly in the Middle East, what if some game developer created a character from Muslim's Allah or some of their strong religious figures, and then plastered that in a game, with controllable consequences on what could happen to these emblematic popular religious figures.... There might be bombs going off in all of these game stores, and i wouldn't be surprised if it did happen. And no, i'm not Muslim, i just watch the news regularly (it's not really a secret after 9/11).
I don't know guys... i'm in no way a religious fanatic, BUT the beliefs of all gamers or even the non-gaming community, should NOT be tested via the release of this kind of entertainment. This just feels WRONG. For non-gamers, knowing this kind of entertainment even exists and is freely allowed to circulate or bought by anyone, is not pleasing or even acceptable.
To play with characters created for the sake of the game, is perfectly OK. But to implement highly controversial and opinionated religious figures or representations into a game, i'm really surprised that Sony could think it's alright to publish or even develop that kind of game in the first place. I mean, look at all the unrest in the world. In the Middle East, for instance, it's all about religion and different beliefs, that made people kill each other. They hate each other, not because either side of the war have bad people that they know personally, but mostly because of their religion which they were born with. So, it doesn't matter who they blow up; innocent men, women or children - as long as they are not part of these terrorists' own beliefs. Knowing this, making a game which trivializes faith of massive number of people, is seriously adding fuel to the fire and in some parts of the world, this could end up being gravely criticized and pointed at as demeaning and insulting.
Something is going to come down on this attitude at game development. Hopefully the game is pulled and the hate/protests spree is averted by the game developers. There are many hundred millions of Hindus in the world and most of them hold true to their beliefs, so i don't see how this game is ever going to get around the world without some resistance, that is, if it's not pulled.
04-19-2009 #7sorceror Guest
I'm an American atheist living in America, married to a Catholic. Our kids played "The Simpsons Game", where in the climax you have to beat the Judeo-Christian God in a dance-off. I don't recall any protests about that. The "God of War" series would probably be very offensive to believers in the ancient Greek pantheon... but they don't have a terribly big lobby.
Sorry, but freedom means the right to be wrong, to say things that other people don't like. I can't tell you how many times a week I run into people saying or writing that atheists are selfish, humorless sociopaths just moments away from killing or raping. The answer to bad speech is good speech.
Use it as an educational ploy to tell people about Hinduism, put out articles and websites that tell about what Hindus believe about Haanuman, etc. That's the way to handle it.
04-21-2009 #8saviour07 Guest
some games are going to offend someone somewhere about something... thats a fact. and like someone posted before me has said, we will be left with nothing if all games are treated as demeaning and offensive material sony as a company (especially as they are also the publishes of this particular title) do have a responsibility to monitor and maintain the offensive material and i found this statement from them when talking about this game:
The game, Hanuman: Boy Warrior, which is currently only available in India, was developed with inspiration from the Hindu mythology and at every step, prominent Indian scholars were consulted.
The aim of the game has always been to encourage young Indians to celebrate the stories of Hanuman and to help bring these key lessons to life. The characterisation of Hanuman is true to the actual depiction in Indian mythology, both in terms of the look as well as the powers that he has.
The game has been developed with the Indian value systems and depicts a merciful winning of Good over Evil, something that is synonymous with Hanuman as a character. When creating the game, at no stage were any liberties taken to deviate from the divine power and nature of Hanuman.
The endeavor actually focuses on using the powerful interactive form to bring the various mythological characters of India to the Indian audience.
for me, this is acceptable. and if someone is offended by this material, then they have a right to voice that opinion.
but that doesnt mean that they are right...
04-29-2009 #9haseosilva Guest
i am brazilian and don't speak portuguese as well, but i heard indian play videogame more than north americans..
it's that true ??
05-02-2009 #10sharks Guest
they do, but not on the latest consoles, as their economy is not as strong, and the people experience the effects of economic recessions harder, but their conditions have been steadily improving in the last decade and more middle-income families now are able to afford nice cars, and other technological luxuries, like game consoles, mobile phones, etc.
the amount of people playing on the xbox360 is still higher there, but they have a much larger base for the ps2, which has been around since far longer. the ps3 is having a hard time getting adopted there, as it's still more expensive the xbox360 arcade and the bluray tech isn't something that's anywhere easy on the consumer's wallets. no pirated copy plays on the ps3, so the xbox360 is logically the perfect choice for the gamer with no means after saving up to buy their console. buy just the console and then buy cheap pirated games. that's like heaven's words compared to the ps3 and having to buy expensive original games only.
i watched this a while back on TV. i think it was the BBC. it must be somewhere on the net as well. google is your friend.