Little Big Planet, just like many Sony releases, has caused a lot of excitement in the gaming world. Even before they pulled that stunt of scattering LBP mini billboards in several cities in the United States, Sony was already able to create hype about their newest PlayStation 3 game. This time, the game has caused another stir, but in a different regard. SIFY Business has this story:
Following strong objections from the Muslims in the UK, Sony has reportedly decided to dump millions of copies of a new “PS3″ computer game “LittleBigPlanet”.
Muslims had taken a strong exception to some of the lines in the song, which were quoted from their holy book Koran. The game was due to hit shop shelves next Friday. But, now copies of the game will be returned from warehouses around the world, and will be re-released sometime in November.
Incidentally, the track was recorded by Grammy award winner Toumani Diabate ““ himself a Muslim. The words used by Mali-born Diabate translate as “Every soul shall have a taste of death” and “All that is on Earth will perish.”
The incident has evoked strong reactions from the Muslims. A game player said on an Internet message board: “We consider the mixing of music and words from our Holy Koran deeply offending. We hope you would remove that track from the game immediately.”
Naturally, this incident will make countless UK gamers upset ““ they have been waiting for LBP for months. On the other hand, Sony has learned a lesson here. Religion and video games do not necessarily mix.