The Argument For Religion Majors in the Video Game Industry

Never know when you’re going to accidently offend the world’s second largest religion.

The “social platforming” game is already gathering rave reviews, but it hasn’t proven popular with one Muslim group, which issued a complaint to the game’s publisher Sony concerning one background music track. Performed by award-winning Malian musician Toumani Diabate, the song quotes two verses from the Qur’an. Many Muslims consider the mixing of music and scripture to be deeply offensive.

Granted, one couldn’t expect rioting in the streets over a PlayStation3 game, but it should have been obvious that quoting from the Qur’an in a video game would be an issue, even if they didn’t know about the music thing.  I doubt orthodox Muslims are a market Sony is trying to reach, but that doesn’t mean they would ignore it.

Who knows who you may offend next?  Clearly you need a guy to test games for their religious offensiveness (hireme).

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One Response to The Argument For Religion Majors in the Video Game Industry

  1. Billy Crystal says:

    ….this is barely worth a comment from me, Billy Crystal! I only wish to say it looks life you’re finally writing your own thoughts on stories! HURRAY!

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