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Tokyo Game Show 2008: LittleBigPlanet Demo Booth

Tokyo Game Show 2008: LittleBigPlanet 80GB Japanese PS3 Bundle
Religious references unwelcome in new game

LittleBigPlanet’s release date in America has been delayed one week till October 27 due to references from the Muslim religious text the Qur’an found in the audio track. Similar delays are being implemented worldwide.

According to a Gamasutra article, the licensed LittleBigPlanet soundtrack song 'Tapha Niang' by Muslim artist Toumani Diabate's Symmetrical Orchestra uses voice excerpts from the Qur'an in its musical composition.

A now removed posting on the PlayStation Europe message boards stated, “We Muslims consider the mixing of music and words from our Holy Qur'an 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."

Sony reacted quickly to the controversy announcing a delay in the release date. The Media Molecule developed PlayStation 3 exclusive had previously been planned for an October 21 release in North America, October 22 in PAL region territories, October 24 in the UK and Ireland, and October 30 in Japan and Asia.

Any obstacle to the successful release of LittleBigPlanet would be a serious problem for Sony as the game is anticipated to be a system seller. The platformer is a game that is largely dependent on community creations and sharing. Fans and press have given the game positive comments in early previews.

At the 2008 Tokyo Game Show it was announced LittleBigPlanet would be bundled with the new 80GB Japanese PS3 and released on October 30 for 44,980 yen ($442 USD). The bundle will also come with two DualShock 3 controllers.

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By Mk4ever on 10/20/2008 12:59:12 AM , Rating: 0
Sir you are right, but I am afraid you failed to see our logic in this misunderstanding.

Using such track (though I believe it was used while unaware it might offend anyone) Is considered disrespect to Quran. To us Muslims, Quran is God's wholly words; They are not to be altered or disrespected in any way.

And in this particular instance, no one forced anything. Some Muslims objected, Sony responded.

Guys, as I said before, I am not the perfect dedicated Muslim, but I noticed this, most of you show less tolerance when it comes to Islamic issues. Ever thought why? Please do.

Logic says: One man's freedom ends where another man's freedom begins.

Freedom is there for a reason. I feel most guys speaking about freedom these days object to anything and refer to freedom. I believe that even if your freedom gives you the right to go out and spent your full week outside your home without telling anyone, you still tell your wife, family, etc. This is being considerate to other people's feeilngs. A track is being changed. While the track could hurt our feelings, I fail to see how this changed track is necessary to your freedom if the game makers decided on their own to change it voluntarily.

When Muslims objected to the track, it got changed. How did you guys got hurt? Why making a big deal of it? Is it only because you have a pre-set mind that SOME Muslims are objecting on too many things? well maybe you should discuss that with Muslims instead of attacking.

Even if SOME Muslims are really a pain, should you take it on Islam and all Muslims? do I have to remind you of other religion's followers who did such stuff more or less, or maybe worse? Why wasn't their religion the one to blame? or is it always going to be Islam that is pointed at whenever someone falls in his way or get sick or whatever?

Please, try to understand that we are actually different than the picture of Muslims you have in your mind. Think about it.

Just like you expect me to pay some effort to understand you, know that I expect the same from you.

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By HavocX on 10/20/2008 5:59:20 AM , Rating: 4
"Guys, as I said before, I am not the perfect dedicated Muslim, but I noticed this, most of you show less tolerance when it comes to Islamic issues. Ever thought why? Please do."

If you look around a bit you will see it is quite the opposite. Christianity is openly ridiculed and opposed all the time in the west. Sure, some christians get very upset about it but most just accept it and get on with their lives. When it comes to Islam the slightest provocation becomes a big deal in no time.

Talking about music, there are big genres (most notably Black Metal) were one of the main features is anti-christianity.

That said, Sony is free to do wathever they want to with their own game.

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By GaryJohnson on 10/20/2008 6:21:58 AM , Rating: 3
Some Muslims objected, Sony responded.

I'm not taking about 'some muslims', I'm talking about you. You condemned the use of the song, you said it was a 'big sin'.

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By Mk4ever on 10/20/08, Rating: 0
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By Eugenics on 10/20/2008 8:45:35 AM , Rating: 5
I was slightly offended when certain people had been dancing in the streets when planes crashed into the WTC. Please cut off their legs or destroy your roads in those countries so I am not offended.

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By Mk4ever on 10/20/2008 3:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
I wasn't happy about celebrating the death of people in WTC.

But do you think the answer is you should be angry at all Muslims for what some did? or is it Islam to blame?

Out of all muslims in the world, how many did you see supporting what happened in 9/11? Don't you think they are a few and don't represent the whole group? Didn't you ever hear of minority groups in other religions doing terrible things?

Do I have to remind you of how many terrible events happened in this world under the name of religion, be that Christianity or Islam, among others?

Sir, religions are meant to behave people, give them values and an ideal behavior to follow, among other objectives. I believe being happy for other people's misery or death isn't one of them.

But your comment is so filled with mockery that I don't understand if you want to reach a point through discussion, or just bash my reply, regardless of if it was reasonable and logical, or not.

I believe most people here have higher than the average IQ. for that I urge you to pass through your anger and have a deep look into the truth. Islam isn't to blame, like some would want you to believe.

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By stirfry213 on 10/20/2008 4:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
You are so brainwashed.

Religions' only purpose is control. Keep the masses sedated while they reside on this planet so absolute anarchy doesn't break out. Now mix in a healthy dose of corruption, and you have modern day society.

Bill Maher said it perfectly, religions must die for the human race to survive.

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By Myg on 10/20/2008 11:16:36 AM , Rating: 2
Its nice to see someone who has a sense of Relgious reason on here.

The problem is; that you assume they are giving Islam "respect" for the right reasons, which could be a folly on your part.

The west is too used to trodding on Christianity and getting away with it, so when they face an ideaology which would cut the legs off before allowing anyone trodding on them: they probably only respond because of fear of reprisal.

If that be the reason; How do you feel about it?

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By Mk4ever on 10/20/2008 4:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
Well I am not sure if this reflects respect to:
-Muslims' feelings

Honestly I hope it's all of the above.

But the complaint that some Muslims delivered to Sony is (in my opinion) as far as they should go.

Luckily, Sony responded.

Suppose it was intentional to mock Islam/Muslims, I guess a further step like protesting and/or boycotting is necessary to make them understand how we feel, and act on how we respect Islamic symbols, but definitely nothing beyond that.

If we don't try to change, then we didn't pay our Quran enough respect.

If we tried but no one responded, then at least we tried.

That's my understanding of Islam.

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By robinthakur on 10/21/2008 9:52:00 AM , Rating: 4
Luckily, Sony responded.

Actually, we would like the game recalled again because it offends our religion of the Blessed Flying Spaghetti Monster by not featuring the Flying Spaghetti Monster or paying homage to him in the usual way. This is extremely disrespectful to our religion and is a mortal sin. For this reason as well as the fact that proponents of our religion are uneducated, overpopulated and haven't got anything better to do than pray, we will attack Japanese interests worldwide and burn PS3's in the street whilst decrying your western anti-Spaghetti-monster jibes. We might even kill a few people to make our point but umm its ok because the Flying Spagetthi Monster wills it and we have no sense of humour etc. We are reasonable people, don't offend us and we won't threaten to keeel you. </sarcasm>

See the problem here? The bottom line is that you respect your religion, those outside your religion do not have to respect it. Sony execs only show deferance to Islam in particular because they are afraid of being skewered to the pavement, decapitated on camera or flown into a building. That and they want your money.

I have a major problem with the censorship commonplace in Islamic states occuring more and more in the west because material might inflame or annoy Muslims. This is a free country with a free press and it should not be subject to threats of violence. If you don't like something, just boycott it. This decision to delay the game is offensive to a great many people, namely those to whom religion of any kind has zero impact.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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