Games Offense Alert
posted by October 17 at 10:26 AMon
Sony announced today that they’ve begun a worldwide recall of their fall blockbuster game LittleBigPlanet. This “platformer 2.0” game, loaded with tons of user-made content and Pixar-esque art design, was set to hit stores one week from today—and is sitting in a lot of stores right now—but they’ll all have to come back to Sony while new discs are made.
Reason? A song by the Mali group Toumani Diabate’s Symmetrical Orchestra is in the game, and its lyrics contain lines from the Qu’ran. In spite of the same song seeing release by Nonesuch Records in 2006 with no complaints, Sony has chosen to recall all discs to stop this song from reaching our ears. Apparently the transfer of a Qu’ran-quoting song from a CD to a video game crosses an ironclad line in Islam. You know, the one that was created when Muhammad first went to that cave with a Game Boy in hand.
Or maybe Sony was concerned about the content of the quotes getting into the game, which translate to “Every soul shall have the taste of death” and “All that is on Earth will perish.” Because if it’s sung in Arabic, it must be a threat, rather than a contemplation on an eventual downfall and rebirth of all life. Good thing Sony took aggressive recall action before our PlayStation 3s became tools of Islam. Thanks, culture of fear!
In other gaming news, Nintendo’s cult smash series Mother (known here as Earthbound) saw an English release this morning. The third, Japan-only entry in the series has been translated by a small group of fans without Nintendo’s consent. This hack has been in the works for over two years, though, so if Nintendo was going to throw a legal hissyfit, chances are this thing never would’ve been released. (I’d know; I’ve been checking the fansub site four times a week since 2006.) If you have a soft spot for RPGs that slyly insult Western culture—AND WON’T GET OFFENDED—then click here.