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Littlebigplanet Recall // Muslim Discrimination

Posted October 21st, 2008 at 08:11 AM by SuperflyTNT
Here's the original news article that got me so heated up:

By Guy Cocker, Brendan Sinclair, GameSpot UK
Posted on ZDNet News: Oct 20, 2008 7:58:34 AM
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced that it is recalling the Playstation 3 video game, LittleBigPlanet, from retailers after it learned that the soundtrack featured some Arabic-language lines from the Koran backed with music.

A SCEE representative also confirmed to GameSpot that this recall would be global, and could not confirm when the game would now actually hit shelves with the offending music removed.
Sony's LittleBigPlanet is expected to be one of the most high-profile releases of this holiday season. Developer Media Molecule has seen its game go from indie darling to AAA system-seller in the past year, thanks to the many appearances that the game has made at trade shows and events. However, fans of the game are going to have to wait slightly longer to get it.
The confirmation follows rumors that that Singing Safari level of the game features a song with two expressions found in Islam's central holy text, the Koran. Cached pages on the official PlayStation forum claim that the two phrases are (literally translated from the original Arabic): "Every soul shall have the taste of death" and "All that is on earth will perish."
Although Sony's press release does not confirm that the above lines are in the game, they do claim 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 Koran." Reports say that Sony is recalling the game over fears that the passages in question could deeply offend Muslims.
Independent translation done for GameSpot confirmed that the lines linked from the original post are indeed from the Koran.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's press release continues, "We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologies for any offense that this may have caused." It ends by saying that the company will confirm the new launch date shortly.
For more on LittleBigPlanet, check out GameSpot's full review of the indefinitely delayed game.
[UPDATE]: Impatient gamers may still be able to get their hands on the version of LittleBigPlanet that contains the Koran references. Gaming importer National Console Support said that it has begun shipping US versions of the game to customers who preordered it. What's more, the site says that it will ship the game to US customers for Saturday delivery if they order by 4 p.m. Eastern time today.
This is not the first time a game developer has run afoul of the Koran. In November of 2002, Microsoft released the Xbox fighter Kakuto Chojin with a piece of background music that sampled passages of the holy book.
An internal Microsoft "geopolitical strategy team" identified the potential problem with the music as soon as the game had gone into duplication. Microsoft had a chance to recall the game before it hit shelves, but decided to release it anyway in the hopes that the music would go unnoticed. Although Kakuto Chojin was a critical and commercial flop, the background music eventually came to the fore, and Microsoft recalled the game in February of 2003.
[UPDATE 2]: SCEA has acknowledged the recall on its PlayStation Blog, apologizing to those offended and for the delay. According to the post, SCEA "will begin shipping LittleBigPlanet to retail in North America the week of October 27th."
[UPDATE 3]: SCEE has just issued a statement confirming the game will be out in the first week of November for other territories. The statement reads: "Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is pleased to confirm that LittleBigPlanet will start to appear in stores no later than the week commencing Monday 3rd November in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, on a country by country basis. We appreciate all the enthusiasm surrounding this much anticipated title and we would like to thank PlayStation fans for their support and understanding."

And here's what I emailed the NSM of Sony Automation (I know the US National Sales Manager) to forward to his bosses at Sony Corporate:

I have a Sony PS1, PS2, several Sony surround sound systems, and several other Sony devices, such as the Vaio laptop I am writing this on.
I will no longer be purchasing ANYTHIG with the Sony branding on the outside as I have had enough with Sony's double standard regarding offending people. How is it that Sony Corporation decides to recall "LittleBigPlanet" because it may have some lyrics that COULD offend some muslims but continue to produce people like GHOST FACE KILLA and TALIB KWALI in the Sony Music division??? So, it's OK to offend Christians, which are the most numerous faith in the world, but it's NOT OK to offend Muslims because they're the ones blowing people up?

You have forever lost my respect, business, and dollars. I will tell everyone that will listen about how you pander to Muslims while completely ignoring the concerns of christians worldwide. Shame on you.

You, as a company, have lost face with the civilized world.
Total Comments 9


Nooblar's Avatar
It sounds harsh, but it's the truth. Why the double standard? I'm glad someone decided to voice this.
Posted October 21st, 2008 at 10:17 AM by Nooblar Nooblar is offline
Pickledpie's Avatar
Never saw that coming from that game .
Posted October 21st, 2008 at 06:52 PM by Pickledpie Pickledpie is offline
KCU Master 2007's Avatar
Well put Superfly.
Posted October 24th, 2008 at 07:58 AM by KCU Master 2007 KCU Master 2007 is offline
Pumpkin_King's Avatar
I heard about some song being the reason it was delayed, but I didn't know why or what song. Thanks, Superfly.
Posted October 24th, 2008 at 09:44 AM by Pumpkin_King Pumpkin_King is offline
Uprising's Avatar
Islam is actually the most practiced religion on earth, 2nd would be Christianity.

I <3 Ghost Face Killa.
Posted October 24th, 2008 at 11:28 AM by Uprising Uprising is offline
SuperflyTNT's Avatar
Not quite amigo - Muslims are 19.2% of the world population, and indeed CATHOLICS, who used to be the biggest chunk are only 17.4%. BUT, my friend, CHRISTIANS, in whole (all that believe Christ is the son of
God...) are 33% of the world's population.

See here for info:
Posted October 29th, 2008 at 12:34 AM by SuperflyTNT SuperflyTNT is offline
Uprising's Avatar
I fail at reading comprehension 101.
Posted October 29th, 2008 at 08:26 AM by Uprising Uprising is offline
Shades fan's Avatar
Nah Uprising, your info is just from 700 years ago!
Posted October 29th, 2008 at 11:14 AM by Shades fan Shades fan is offline
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Posted October 29th, 2008 at 07:38 PM by Pickledpie Pickledpie is offline
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