Hindu Devotees Upset At Asura's Wrath "Trivializing" Their Religion
Asura's Wrath is all about over-the-top action from start to finish. But there are plenty of religious overtones.
And those overtones have annoyed followers of the Hindu faith. Rajan Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, in an official statement today, has claimed that Capcom's new game "trivializes...highly revered symbols and concepts of Hinduism" and it has upset Hindu followers.
Zed says game makers shouldn't use religion "just for mercantile greed" and although the creators are welcome to use Hindu themes, those themes should be based on "actual ancient texts." As an example, he cited the portrayal of Durga (who gets murdered in the story) as the wife of Asura; in fact, Durga was one of the major deities, "honored as savior of the world from evil." And although Zed added that freedom of expression is important, faith is "something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees."
In short, he wants the developers to be more sensitive going forward. The bottom line is that if the creators can't "accurately and authentically" portray a certain religion in a game, they shouldn't use it at all. Finally, he said that games don't seem to be a viable platform for discussing God seriously, and it can be confusing for "young minds."
I just have to say, though- we're not supposed to take this seriously. It's a video game, not an educational tool. Nobody I know is going to play Asura's Wrath and derive judgments and conclusions on the Hindu religion. Just my two cents.
3/5/2012 10:11:44 AM Ben Dutka