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 LittleBigPlanet  Delayed Worldwide Due To Qur'An-Sampling Audio
LittleBigPlanet Delayed Worldwide Due To Qur'An-Sampling Audio
October 17, 2008 | By Leigh Alexander

October 17, 2008 | By Leigh Alexander
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Sony's long-awaited and much-buzzed LittleBigPlanet will be delayed worldwide. All all copies sent to retailers are being recalled after audio samples from Muslim religious text the Qur'an were discovered in the game's soundtrack, according to new reports.

According to a now-removed thread on the PlayStation Europe messageboards, the licensed LBP soundtrack song 'Tapha Niang' by Muslim artist Toumani Diabate's Symmetrical Orchestra uses voice excerpts from the Qur'an in its musical composition.

The post, by user 'Solid08', indicates of the specific references in the composition: "In the 18th second: "كل نفس ذائقة الموت" ("kollo nafsin tha'iqatol mawt", literally: 'Every soul shall have the taste of death')... almost immediately after, in the 27th second: "كل من عليها فان" ("kollo man alaiha fan", literally: 'All that is on earth will perish')."

It also comments: "I asked many of my friends online and offline and they heard the exact same thing that I heard easily when I played that part of the track. Certain Arabic hardcore gaming forums are already discussing this, so we decided to take action by emailing you before this spreads to mainstream attention.

We Muslims consider the mixing of music and words from our Holy Quran deeply offending. We hope you would remove that track from the game immediately via an online patch, and make sure that all future shipments of the game disk do not contain it."

The Media Molecule-developed PlayStation 3 exclusive had previously been slated for an October 21st release in North America, the 22nd in PAL territories, the 24th in the UK and Ireland, and the 30th in Japan and Asia.

Sony hopes the highly-anticipated LittleBigPlanet, a platformer largely dependent on community creations and sharing, will drive PS3 console sales. It's received a swath of warm reception from fans and press ever since early previews, and a limited public beta launched in September has further driven eagerness for the game's release.

[UPDATE: 'Semi-official' Sony weblog ThreeSpeech has an official statement on the delay, confirming it is worldwide, and explaining:

"During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur’an. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence that this may have caused."]

[UPDATE 2: According to a statement on the official PlayStation Blog, LittleBigPlanet will begin shipping in North America on October 27, the week after its original release date. "Sorry for the delay, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get LittleBigPlanet to you as soon as possible," it reads.]


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Wolf Wozniak
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Can they just patch to remove access to it from the disc without reprinting? Or is that not enough?

Wolf Wozniak
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Well, it's better to recall (even though I hate it, and want to play) than to have something like this on the game disc. I think that Sony's going to have an open beta, and allow people to create and stuff while we wait.



This game is brilliant, and I can't wait!

Holden Link
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Bill - This recall shouldn't be a reason to not buy the game. It isn't going to affect the quality of the game in any way. Media Molecule has made an excellent product, and if you were planning on buying LittleBigPlanet before today, you're only punishing yourself by letting something as silly as this change your mind. Don't take out your frustration with Sony out on Media Molecule. Sony's already losing enough money from the recall and all the new advertising they'll have to pay for to increase awareness of the new release date.

Meredith Katz
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I'm not sure that someone outside a certain belief system or minority group can in fairness say that something that hurts or offends them is a "silly non-issue". It is important to that element of the user base (I'm disinclined to say "fringe fanatics") and that is worth respecting. If Sony chooses to do so, more power to them.

David Tarris
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Ironically, it sounds like Bill here has become the very "fringe fanatic" he's speaking out against. Truly, a company like Sony or Microsoft just can't win with some people. Non-muslims don't want to hear passages from the Quran in their game, and muslims don't want their holy text being used in this context. Sounds like a winning move for everyone, except you, apparently.

Luke Rymarz
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Hey, now I don't have to choose between Fable II and LittleBigPlanet. Sucks for Sony, and I probably would have just patched it (or even left it alone), but whatever floats your boat...

Christian Johansson
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Kind of silly to recall the game for such a thing, but i guess they won't risk it

Brian Handy
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What a wonderful move on Sony's part. It's always great to see when a company really takes the time to listen to their consumers and change things to the benefit of everyone. It's just too bad that one of the songs that was liked so much for the game ended up having subliminal (to non-Muslims) messages in it.

Wolf Wozniak
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Its only subliminal if you know the language.



xD

Bill Robinson
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@ Wolf, and you know the language if you are part of the belief system, since it's a tenet of the religion to study the holy book in its original language.

Robert Hutson
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Finally religous groups control video game publishing! Dear Muslim lords, I'm offended by violence, can Sony remove that from GTA please? Actually I'm simply offended by information in general so can we quit using it as well?

Meredith Katz
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Robert, there is a difference and an important one.



When a publisher makes a violent video game, they do so knowing the debates, knowing that their product will fall one side or another on that debates, accepting that as a risk, and perhaps even providing some commentary into the situation as they do so. They do not, necessarily, deliberately set out to offend, but they are quite aware of the potential offense, and have designed the game with that debate in mind. No moral judgment on those decisions, but they were in fact deliberate, directed decisions.



In this case, Sony lisenced a song without being aware that its contents included an element that is offensive to the very religious group that would be aware of it. They were not approaching this debate deliberately, and were unaware of the offense until corrected on it. Because it was not a deliberate comment, the choices of responses to being corrected on it *do* fall into a moral category -- cannot fall into a deliberate and planned academic commentary but instead are simply a response to the offensive. The decent thing to do if you unintentionally offend a group (especially one who frequently suffers prejudice and misunderstanding) is to say "I'm sorry, we had not realized it was offensive, we will rectify the problem and it will not happen in the future now that we know to be aware of it."



Making their userbase wait a little longer for their leisure product is irritating to the userbase, yes, but not hurtful to the userbase. Shipping it after having it brought to their attention that it was a religious offense would be both hurtful and irritating, and I don't see why getting a leisure product a bit earlier is worth that.

Roberto Alfonso
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Bill, it is "cojones". "cajones" means "boxes" in Spanish ;-)



As for the delay, the original request was polite, did not ask for extraordinary measures (a patch available during the launch window and the modification of the new shipped copies, not the ones that have already been delivered), and was done after a discussion with peers (aka, other gamers) to acknowledge the problem.



I believe the main problem is that games are targeted to a very volatile segment (young people of between 8 and 25 years old) that are quick to anger when something affects them, usually mounting on prejudice. I do not agree with the idea that texts are sacred and blasphemous to invoke by untrained people, sung or just mentioned: I believe religion is based on teaching your way of living, not keeping it hidden for yourself or your own. However, I understand it is part of what they believe.



I praise Sony for solving a delicate issue the way it should. The ones who were going to buy the game will buy it regardless of what they say.

Notta Realname
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Sony's not "solving a delicate issue the way it should." They're caving to a minority due to an embarassingly PC and litigious culture, which is only exacerbated by a 24-hour news cycle.



It's sad to see, whether the inclusion of this music was intentional or not. LBP looks like a cool game, and I'm sorry to have to wait for it.



That said, I'm not being muslim-specific here. I would also think it silly to recall a game that had background music offending Christians, etc.

David Delanty
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So Sony's taken a lesson from the Dutch Newspapers, huh? Can't please 100% of the world, but make for damn sure you please 100% of the Muslim populace.



Yeah, I'm being sarcastic, I could hear the collective *fffwt* of a million eyes rolling when this news was announced. I'd be willing to bet that a number of Islamic gamers are now worried that they'll be viewed as humorless squares that are super-sensitive over their faith and will go totally nuts if anything in the least bit offensive trivially swings their way. Seeing as Sony is treating them as such.



Political correctness sucks. It's perfectly fine to make games of beheading topless snake girls with molten chains embalmed in the character's arms, then have irrelevant lovin' with two women in a sauna whilst bastardizing the very tenets of Greek mythology by defaming every one of their Gods...but cite the Qur'An in barely noticeable background music in a language the target demographic doesn't even speak and OH NO WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM!



It's not Sony's fault. I'm blaming humanity as a whole.

Jeff McArthur
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I agree with your point Bill, If any other religous goup especialy christians had complained about anything in the game no one whould have given a care. All this PC crap is totaly one sided in the world! Sony is paying the price though, the reprint alone will cost them, not to mention lost sales and more advertising.

J Y
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OK seriously - if it's that offensive, why is there an artist (and presumably a Muslim) doing exactly what's "deeply offensive" or even forbidden in the Islamic faith? What's next? Removing level designs because they also offend some sect of some religious group? At some point, they're simply going to patch the game so it no longer runs.

Robert Hutson
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--Meredith Katz --



Yes I understand your points, however I disagree 100% with spending money and delaying progress over such ridiculous desires of such ridiculous caveman beliefs. So what Sony unintentionally ships a game with some sounds or words that did not go through a religous quality check. Anyone offended needs to grow up. It's not the responsibilty of Sony to follow any religous belief system or cater to those who choose to follow one. If someone holds something like this with such high value they should be rehabilitated in my opinion, not catered to. Where's the Separation of Church and Game? If nessicary I'd rather them just put a sticker on the box claiming it may offend crazy religous group (insert your crazy belief here) rather than let ignorant peoples fairytales dictate media developement and distribution. Yes believing in such nonsense is ignorance, not saying people are stupid, just ignorant of some aspects of the universe we share. I believe that religion should be ignored and left alone to shrivel in the shadows of the past. I am offended by the desires of Religious fanatics, can I whine to thier establishments and expect them to change...What gives them the right to expect anyone to change for them? I less upset with Sony and more upset with the dominate religions and thier nonsense.

J Y
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Well, obviously it is better to do what these people say than to be bombed. It's a purely business decision and totally logical.

Meredith Katz
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Beliving in such nonsense may be ignorance, by your perspective, but disrespecting that belief is also ignorance -- an ignorance of cultural and social values that carry weight to other people. And this is coming from an agnostic. What Sony has done is an act of respect; whether or not you believe religious belief should be respected, the respect itself is a generous and admirable thing.



Sony is putting a delay -- yes, at cost to them -- out of respect. People are still getting this game, minus one musical track, a short while after they were originally told they would. The sheer vehemence against this choice weighs on bigotry in many places in this thread, and definitely crosses the line into sheer entitlement ("I want it and I want it nooooowww!! How dare their respect for other people's beliefs delay my immediate gratification!!").



As for accusations of being a "smarmy, self-indulgent, pseudo-intellectual" spouting off "droll, politically correct nonsense in some vain attempt to seem enlightened," I'm going to drop that point. I don't believe that sort of accusation has any place in a discussion on a professional forum, nor do I believe there to be any value in attempting to cow people with your credentials (of which the people you are talking to have some as well) or to shout them down with ad hominem attacks.

SYN Wrath
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Here's what I want to know.



Who does the fact checking? How do we know that these 'lyrics' / 'quotes' are offensive to the muslim faith in general? Is it possible that some random person just said "oh boy this is offensive", told Sony, and they believed them just because?



I wonder because, well, I find things like radioislam dot com slash quran , and it sure seems to have a lot of songs with text from the quaran... indeed, one may even say that is the point of that entire 'section' of their website.



There are actually countless hits for songs that reference the quran on the internets... and most of them are sung by people of the Islamic faith FOR people of the Islamic faith.



Which really leads me to believe that this is a reaction to a fringe belief, which would make as much sense as well... just about everything Corporations do for no apparent reason

Paul Lazenby
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Bill, you obviously don't work in any of the entertainment industries, including games. This is sadly a strong blow to the marketing efforts of the Sony Team, and is a necessity to have it removed to avoid backlash of any sort. If this was not being touted as a giant world-wide family release, then I think the issue might be of at least some less importance, but the fact remains that it is all that. Regardless, when it comes to offending religions, corporations like Sony need to be tolerant and take the high road. They know this, many of us in this industry understand this, and I think most consumers will also understand.

If you want to try and knee-jerk react to this and "hurt" Sony by not buying their product then go ahead. It's a great game that the rest of us will be playing throughout the holiday season. Your loss.

Nikolaj Leischner
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That is not tolerance. It is a reaction to *a lack of tolerance* of some ignorant freaks who don't seem to digg the idea of something like Freedom of Speech. I think Sony now has set the stage for a far more hurtful backlash than if they would have ignored that handful of PS3-owning-fanatic-muslims.

Ben Sullivan
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I don't understand...



How is this different than when Resistance used the Christian cathedral? Sure, the complaint came in post-launch, is it much different than a couple lines of text that happen to be in the Qu'ran (but could be taken from any number of pieces of literature). Case in point:



Genesis 6:17

I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.



I really don't think the cathedral was used in an offensive way, and I understand that removing a level post-launch is impossible, but are these lyrics really so offensive? Especially with all the other games that get shipped to Muslim countries that have far more offensive content?

Ben Sullivan
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Cont'd:



I suppose it would be fair to say that these lyrics are a "known" instance of blasphemy to Islam, and thus should have been considered earlier. Whereas it's hardly Christian doctrine to disallow the virtual recreations of churches. So obviously there's a difference.

Robert Hutson
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---Meredith Katz ---



Sorry but I don't find any admiration in respecting cultures that choose to ignore truths shared in our universe for an old historical book of make believe. And I can't believe that anything going on here has to do with respect. It's fear that drives both parties. Fear of offending a god and fear of decreased business. It's all non-sense and its potentially dangerous to the freedoms that I do respect and admire. Sony is doing the right thing, but the religous culture is not.

Glenn McMath
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Ok calm down, people. It's one week... seriously get over yourselves.



Now if you actually read the article CAREFULLY you would pick up on two very important things. First, the request (yes, it was a request, and a rather polite one, not a demand) was reasonable. Create a patch that removes the track from copies that have already shipped, and remove the track from copies that will ship in the future. They did not ask for a recall or delay. That was Sony's decision.



Secondly, the phrase "We Muslims consider the mixing of music and words from our Holy Quran deeply offending." For those of you who are wondering what the big deal is, this explains it in part. Now unlike some people who have already posted, I haven't studied religions so I might not be 100% on the mark here. But from what I understand, traditional Islam contains some fairly specific guidelines about art and music. Obviously some Muslims feel that the use of their holy texts in this way is in violation of those guidelines or principals and is thus offensive. Whether we agree with them or not, it's their right to hold those beliefs and they should be respected as much as anyone's as long as they are expressed within reason.



They were. Again, if you actually look at the original request, it was very reasonable. It wasn't asking for Sony or Media Molecule to dramatically alter the game or take any course of action that would cause them an extreme amount of distress or financial loss. The fact that Sony reacted above and beyond the initial request is a whole other issue. Was it probably motivated by fear and PC bullshit? Sadly yes. But that's no reason to attack and insult the people who originally voiced a legitimate grievance.



And like I said before... it's one week... seriously, you don't have anything else to play this holiday season? To have patience for seven more days is not much to ask for what looks like such a brilliant game. And the sad thing is, if the delay was for any other reason, none of you would have a problem waiting.

jaime kuroiwa
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Songs with lyrics always get games in trouble, don't they? I can recall a couple occurrences personally. Either they break ESRB rating, bring up legal issues, or just offend people in some way. Let this be a lesson to everyone, folks.



Instrumentals are the way to go!

Bryson Whiteman
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It's better they recall it now rather than after it's already in homes (i.e. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakuto_Chojin:_Back_Alley_Brutal#Rec
eption_and_controversy)



Zelda: Ocarina of Time also had some revisions regarding removal of some Muslim chants in a background song and some symbols in the textures.



I say props to Sony for tackling this thing.

David Tarris
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People against this decision are making no sense to me. Really, I can only see three reasons that someone could be against this move, and none of them make sense.



1) Freedom of Speech

Everyone in America has just as much of a right not to say something as to say something. If Sony doesn't want to have to worry about people not buying their game, or even suing them over offensive material, then that's their prerogative, and it's certainly not infringing on a constitutional right.



2) Sony loses money because they delayed the game.

I'm sure Sony has more facts and figures to back up their reasoning for this decision than any of us on the outside looking in, so if you're concerned for Sony's finances, I'd suggest you trust that they know what they're doing and aren't just acting on a whim.



3) I have to wait a whole week to play this game!!

You've waiting as long as you have up to this point, and now you have to wait one more week. There have been much more disappointing delays and I don't see why this will affect anyone's decision whether or not to purchase this game.

T H
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The post, by user 'Solid08', indicates of the specific references in the composition: "In the 18th second: "كل نفس ذائقة الموت" ("kollo nafsin tha'iqatol mawt", literally: 'Every soul shall have the taste of death')... almost immediately after, in the 27th second: "كل من عليها فان" ("kollo man alaiha fan", literally: 'All that is on earth will perish')."

I can't speak as someone who knows what the lines are referring to in context, but doesn't it sound a little apocalyptic? Isn't that a better reason to remove the tracks than what I gather to be an alarmist response?



It seems that this community of "Arabic hardcore gaming" forum-goers have settled on a pretty hard-line response to this, it's never explicitly stated that to mix words from the text and music is amoral, or offensive. I can understand how you could reach that conclusion, but, here?



Not to mention, I don't think there would be a controversy at all had Sony not taken such sweeping measures, though having not read the discussions on whichever forums this took place, nor having quite as much to lose as Sony, I commend them for taking the VERY difficult decision to withdraw if indeed it transpires it was necessary.



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Maurício Gomes
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I praise Sony for that...



Why? Because I am muslim? No, I am not muslim, I have nothing do to with muslims...



But I live in the southern part of the world, and I see how your freedom of speech work, how your democracy work, how your capitalism work, your united states people behaviour (it is not even american behaviour, I am american too! your country is not america, learn that!) is deeply insulting and irritating to people of other countries and places, when Sony acted with a ethical reasoning, and not with racism or ignorance toward other cultures this is a reason of praise, not criticism, people that are critic to that are to me the sort of people that our population hates, yes, here good part of the population hates you all from "north america" (in fact people here has nothing against all people from north america, canadians are fine), I already saw people swearing that if they ever see a guy from united states here they would slain him in revenge of what they are doing to everyone else.



What? everyone else? Yes! Everyone else, in name of your "I want to play that now!" your country go around to fetch the needed resources, and this involve in killing and stealing from people around the world, I am not much into posting anything near political things on this site, but seeing how you insist in calling muslims several things that they do not deserve, or even call them fringe (did you knew that they are one of the biggest religions on the world?) are like when I saw a guy speaking in english in a restaurant with his friends, ignoring the fact that "poor" people like me could undertand him, saying how chinese, latinos and iraquis should all die, that we are plague and that we should get fucked so they get their products on market faster, so people stupid like you critics of sony can buy their products faster.



Some would say, oh, you are over reacting!



In fact I must say, this is not over reaction, altough I know that some people even do not know what this is about, my point is not against them, or against people that believe that sony is wrong for some other reason, but people that believe that sony is wrong because sony is not supporting your stupid american way of life, your way that make my history teacher have a deformed skull because a policeman cracked his skull in two when he was 16 year old and protested against your country helping our depostic government, your way of life where I know countless of people that got sent to amazonia to extract rubber from the trees to put in your tires and that now are stranded there without a way to return.



Seriously, I hope that someday your behaviour toward other cultures and toward each other get less egotistic, you do not know how many people have to DIE for you to have a product shipped in the deadline, you do not know how THE ENTIRE SOUTH AMERICA plunged into 30 years of depotism because of irrational fear of communism, you do not know that food riots are happening in the outside world or that there are places where slaves are "hired" to make your nice snickers.



Really, to all the world that do not speak english as mother language, Sony behaviour was a great one, and the behaviour of people like Bill inspire us not only disgusting but also inspire fear, because itis because of behaviour like yours that make the muslim words on that music come true.

Robert Schmidt
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Very good points on both sides of the argument. I definitely agree that religion in general has been given a free pass to infringe on many of our freedoms, especially freedom of speech. To criticise a person’s politics is fair game but to criticise or lampoon a person’s belief in a medieval superstition seems to be “taboo”. I share people’s frustration with having someone else’s cultural sensitivities and general ignorance affect my life in any way, even if it is only waiting an extra week for a cool game. By the way, culture can be defined as “doing something because everyone else does it that way”. Not so noble sounding when phased in those terms. But Meredith is correct in pointing out that this wasn’t a fight Sony walked into with their eyes open. It is not really a part of the game as such. They could have been singing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in Arabic for all it mattered. If Sony had chosen to go this way and then backed down from the pressure I would call them cowards but as it is, they were blind-sided. I also think it was correct to point out that non-Muslims may also be offended by being “preached” to in a game (I know it’s only two sentences but hey, some people are upset by “In God We Trust”) so the implications could be greater than a hand full of fanatics in a chat room. And yes, if a person is offended by the combining of words from historical texts and music they are a fanatic. Better to prescribe lithium than indulgence. I think it is too easy to mistake this for a religious and free speech issue. The details indicate this is really about unintended content. I know I would be pissed off if one of my developers wrote, “religion is an intellectual virus”, on a level wall in my game and I only found out about it just prior to release, even if I do agree with it.

sean lindskog
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Being mad at Sony for removing offensive religious content which made it in to their cutesy platformer game accidentally is pretty close the the dumbest thing I've ever heard. If this is what outrages you, then you are either a troll, mentally unbalanced, or seriously need to get out more.

Roberto Alfonso
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It is about getting yourself respected. If a game insults a certain demographics and this demographic section asks to be respected, why shouldn't they? If another demographics is insulted and they don't care, should we insult them? That someone has insulted before doesn't make it right to continue doing so.



So, would they be courageous if they decide to launch it anyways? Since when the correct solution is considered cowardice? Sometimes gamers do become as fundamentalist as the very few that blacken a demographic.

mickey magoo
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Hélder Gomes Filho 17 Oct 2008 at 6:46 pm PST



"But I live in the southern part of the world, and I see how your freedom of speech work, how your democracy work, how your capitalism work, your united states people behaviour (it is not even american behaviour, I am american too! your country is not america, learn that!)"



thanks for the geography lesson, but we can refer to our country and ourselves in any way we want, as you can your country and your people.



"is deeply insulting and irritating to people of other countries and places, when Sony acted with a ethical reasoning, and not with racism or ignorance toward other cultures this is a reason of praise, not criticism, people that are critic to that are to me the sort of people that our population hates, yes, here good part of the population hates you all from "north america" (in fact people here has nothing against all people from north america, canadians are fine), I already saw people swearing that if they ever see a guy from united states here they would slain him in revenge of what they are doing to everyone else."



so random killing of people because of their nationality is ok in you opinion? you seem to be indicating that this behavior is justified. it seems like you want 300 million americans to take the blame for what some have done. by that same logic, if these men were to follow through with this, YOU would be responsible.



"Some would say, oh, you are over reacting!"



you are overreacting.



"In fact I must say, this is not over reaction"



yes it is.



"sony is wrong because sony is not supporting your stupid american way of life"



yes they are. this is a business (money) decision. pissing people off = losing money = bad business.



"Seriously, I hope that someday your behaviour toward other cultures and toward each other get less egotistic"



thank you, i hope the same for you.

Maurício Gomes
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Mickey have in mind that I do not think that random killing people is ok, I said what people here think, I have friends from the united states, and I do not go killing people from united states, what I am saying is that a good part of the population there fuels bad behaviour from the "major" forces of the world (people like the bill over there that says that he is angry because millions of "fringe" people made his game get delayed)



Also business decision is not a american way of life, american way of life is the that the government there want people to live, buying things that they do not need, and acting in a egotistic way blind to what is happening in other places.



Just to make sure: I have nothing against people of any country, I have against the behaviour of many people from united states (not that this behaviour is not elsewhere on the world, but it is much more common there, and is "exported" from there), this as result fuels a anti-united states behaviour of many people, something that is bad too (since it results in terrorism for example... killing 10.000 people inside two buildings is wrong, but the persons that the government claims that made this, have their point, to them is war, not random killing for pleasure)

Tynan Sylvester
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This issue - our extreme cultural fear of offending Muslims - is far bigger than games. It concerns me to see it touch our medium for the first time.



I don't think Sony or anyone else should be giving one demographic group special veto power over the content of their product. Treating one group of people differently than everyone else in society doesn't help us get along in the long run.



That said, Sony didn't plan on it at all so on some level I can understand their panic response.

Phil Shenk
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I doubt that Sony is seriously concerned about offending or not offending anybody. I think they've been building up LBP as the cornerstone of PSN and a new era of user-generated content. It's not too much of an exaggeration to say that they're hoping LBP is the game that saves PS3. I'll bet that the second they became aware of this, their #1 concern was minimizing the press around the whole issue. Make it go away as best as possible.



The last thing they want is for a game like LBP to be linked in the mainstream press with any kind of hot-button issue, and this one could easily get blown way way out of proportion.



Recalling the game won't make the issue go away, but it's probably the best way to have it die quickly and relatively silently. For them, it's a no-brainer.

Wojciech Jurczyk
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I can recall an incident in Germany, when a newspaper published a caricature with Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammad. Half of Germany seemed to be threatend with bombings afterwards - or at least the media told us so.

The point in this debate should not be whether Christian should be allowed to feel deeply offended when someone quotes from the bible in a disrespectful manner. It should simply be that Christian have to accept that SOME Muslims feel deeply offended when they hear words from their holy book in a video game. Is it that hard to accept that? Does Sony really have to offend people so some of you can tell them "Get over it"?

Robert Farr
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The safety of developers who might be threatened as a result of this sort of misunderstand comes at a far higher priority in my mind than not delaying the game for a mere week.



This incident does however serve to demonstrate the risks of licensing an artistic work created by a different culture to say, myself, or your average Brit or American.

Matt Ponton
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Wow. The ignorancy in this 'discussion' is just too rampant.

NanoGeek Tech
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you may be able to purchase LBP from blockbuster. I went there last night and they had copies on their counter. So I pre-ordered a copy. No one there was aware of any recalls??

NanoGeek Tech
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you may be able to purchase LBP from blockbuster. I went there last night and they had copies on their counter. So I pre-ordered a copy. No one there was aware of any recalls??

NanoGeek Tech
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you may be able to purchase LBP from blockbuster. I went there last night and they had copies on their counter. So I pre-ordered a copy. No one there was aware of any recalls??

NanoGeek Tech
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you may be able to purchase LBP from blockbuster. I went there last night and they had copies on their counter. So I pre-ordered a copy. No one there was aware of any recalls??

NanoGeek Tech
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you may be able to purchase LBP from blockbuster. I went there last night and they had copies on their counter. So I pre-ordered a copy. No one there was aware of any recalls??

Janne Haffer
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Heh at Matt Ponton & "ignorancy".



Also, Phil Shenk is right, this is a business decision and not a general "Muslims are scary" thing. There are no references to any of the big religions as such in any of sonys games, it's pretty much in the TRC for the games they publish.

Jorge Hebrard
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This is a trick from Sony to have another week to test the game.

You know it's true!

Games are Fun
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allah akbar!!!!

Paul Lazenby
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Jorge - you know they already shipped the game, right? Of all the comments on this board, yours is by far the most idiotic.


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