Catholics, Buddhists Join Hindu Protests Against Smite

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Catholics, Buddhists Join Hindu Protests Against Smite

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Hindus aren't the only ones annoyed by Smite's portrayal of the goddess Kali.

A few weeks ago we learned that the Universal Society of Hinduism is a bit annoyed at the portrayal (and playable nature) of Hindu deities in upcoming gods-based MMO outing Smite. The Universal Society, led by President Rajan Zed (pictured, left), alleges that the inclusion of Hindu deities such as Kali "trivializes" the standing of these Supreme Beings in an unacceptable way. In a pleasant example of inter-faith cooperation, a Roman Catholic leader from Nevada has now urged that spiritual people come together to stop Smite from making a mockery of divine beings.

The Nevada-based leader in question, Father Charles T. Durant (pictured, right), is very clear on where the nation's believers should stand in this debate. "Respect for religious practice and beliefs is a basic tenet of our land," he said in a statment.

"When using religious images in commercial media basic respect calls for understanding the teachings behind those images. This need is only heightened when using a religion's supreme images. I would hope that understanding and respect will bring a mutual agreement honoring these Hindu concerns," concluded Durant.

In addition to this, the Universal Society reports that it has also received support from an American Rabbi, who called on Smite developers Hi-Rez Studios "to avoid trivializing the deeply held beliefs of Hindus by changing the product accordingly." Commenting on the issue, Buddhist Reverend Jikai' Phil Bryan added, "Shame on the game-makers for denigrating these Supreme Beings."

Hi-Rez Studios has yet to comment on the issues beyond saying that Smite will continue to expand its use of religious pantheons once it escapes it current beta status. It's an interesting debate: Does the fact that a game reverses the virtual relationship between believers and their gods mean that it is inherently disrespectful? Will players actually learn anything useful about various faiths from such games? Time will tell, but for the moment, the Universal Society of Hinduism and its multi-faith friends know exactly where they stand.

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oh now i definitely hope they include the abrahamic god and include allah incase the muslims wanna protest too.

I... I feel so odd about this. On one hand, people of different religious beliefs are respecting one another. On another hand, they're trying to force a piece of media to not be made, which I am definitely against. I just don't know whether I should be upset or pleased.

Cry more, silly religious people. Cry more and then realize that you're taking it way too seriously. Then dial it down a little bit and play Smite. I promise, it's fun. Slaughter Ra while playing Kali, if you really must.

Honestly they can't do shit to stop the developer. Their best bet is to appeal to their communities and urge people not to play it.

Sorry for being ironic, but Jesus Christ! There have been worst depictions of religion in videogames before. I'm actually part Asatru, and I enjoy seeing Odin kicking ass. Seriously, get your religious relic out of your butts and allow us to enjoy games. If they get away with any form of banning of this game, they might be givin leverage to change more. All it takes is an excuse for some groups.

They're just upset because someone finally decided to put the "Whose god is better?" question to the ultimate test - hand-to-hand combat.

felbot:
oh now i definitely hope they include the abrahamic god and include allah incase the muslims wanna protest too.

To be fair, a lot of christian, muslim and jewish religious figures would just not be that good for this kinda game. Most were just humans who received temporary powers.

Angels could work I suppose. Go kick some ancient ass as Michael or Gabriel.

Seriously though, if Smite offends these guys, their heads are going to explode whenever they find out about the Shin Megami Tensei series. lol

I'm glad that Religion can't invoke copyright laws.
The main offence I'd take if I was religious is that some creepy Kali rule 34 will probably result from this.

All I have to say is Lol, Religion.

Oh dear... someone is upset that their fictional character is being used in another story. They should probably sue for violating copyrights.

Also, aren't they late to the party? What about Shiva and Quetzacotl? No one was bothered by their use in Final Fantasy 15 to 20 years ago.

rcs619:
[quote="felbot" post="7.381866.15052515"]Seriously though, if Smite offends these guys, their heads are going to explode whenever they find out about the Shin Megami Tensei series. lol

LOL :D

Oh I had a good laugh when I read that.

But seriously people stop being butthurt over a game. First of all it's not slandering your religion it's just using figures as heroes. Second of all your religion is not protected from slander.

I can say anything I want about it whenever I want to. So please, go cry in the corner silently.

Revnak:
I... I feel so odd about this. On one hand, people of different religious beliefs are respecting one another. On another hand, they're trying to force a piece of media to not be made, which I am definitely against. I just don't know whether I should be upset or pleased.

The only time people of different religions seem to get together is to hate on something.

Dudes... you're talking to a thoroughly non-religious industry. You should just ignore it, like you ignore the religious porn floating around the internet.

What about Tibetan Buddhists :p?

Revnak:
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After watching Baccano!, I can now turly appreciate your avatar.

Its good to know that religions can put aside their differences to protest against video games. Truly this is a sign of future peace between theologies.

Note: I don't hate religion, I just find it funny that this is what they choose to unite against.

You'd think the Catholics at least would realize that Saint Mary has forgiven FAR worse to let some videogame bugger

Captcha: Kiss Me
Yes that was a good one, wasn't it?

I get a weird "forcing beliefs on people" vibe, just what exactly do they want?
Call me silly but I just don't understand what is so offensive, what effect or impact on anything does the playable nature of their gods have?
It wouldn't be a bad idea to include a sort of encyclopedia to the game but I don't really see any other kind of compromise being made.

I'm quite surprised at the response of Abrahamic faiths coming to defence of the depiction of Hinduism's pantheon, seeing that their holy scriptures down right accuse polytheistic faiths of being heretics. At least stick to your outdated/ridiculous beliefs people.

I mean honestly, why should Hindus get preferential treatment? Many different religions have had their Gods and/or prophets trivialised, I mean look at Jesus, he's on South Park, Family Guy, freakin' bumper stickers for Christ's sake (pun intended). Not to mention Too Human, God of War, Asura's Wrath, Darksiders, Dante's Inferno etc.

People need to learn that nothing should be off limits.

Hevva:
Does the fact that a game reverses the virtual relationship between believers and their gods mean that it is inherently disrespectful? Will players actually learn anything useful about various faiths from such games?

Short answers: No, and, No.

There are no long answers.

Catholics, Buddhists Join Hindu Protests Against Smite?
Trekkies, Whovians join Star Wars fans protest against episodes I-III...

Worgen:
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Thank you mr. downer face! Now Imma have to go watch some silly videos to make myself feel better again. And that is also blatantly wrong and a gross oversimplification.

Nouw:
What about Tibetan Buddhists :p?

Revnak:
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After watching Baccano!, I can now turly appreciate your avatar.

Everyone can and should appreciate my avatar. You know, I was just about to change it to something from league of legends as I have become addicted to that game, but now it just wouldn't be right. Thank you for showing me the way individual who is apparently chilly chill.

Why are people getting so angry. If anything this is the least offending case of religious believers trying to stop a piece of media from being made. Fuck, it's usually insipid, narrow minded and racist. While this could also count as narrow minded it doesn't seem that bad.

Revnak:
I... I feel so odd about this. On one hand, people of different religious beliefs are respecting one another. On another hand, they're trying to force a piece of media to not be made, which I am definitely against. I just don't know whether I should be upset or pleased.

Okay basically what he said. But I get a feeling people are just bashing religion here, although I am more on Hi Rez's side on this.

Revnak:
Everyone can and should appreciate my avatar. You know, I was just about to change it to something from league of legends as I have become addicted to that game, but now it just wouldn't be right. Thank you for showing me the way individual who is apparently chilly chill.

You must keep the Rail Tracer. While Vino is an amazing character, Firo just takes the hat for me. That green fedora and suit...oh man...

I just don't get it. This game will feature gods and saints from different religions. Most definetly, they will be shown in rather cool way. People will like the gods and saints, will desire to find out more about them and, in the end, those religions may find some new followers. I know that the very same thing happened to me with metal. Thank you, Brutal Legend for showing me the world of Rock.

Revnak:
Everyone can and should appreciate my avatar. You know, I was just about to change it to something from league of legends as I have become addicted to that game, but now it just wouldn't be right. Thank you for showing me the way individual who is apparently chilly chill.

Haha no problem Rail Teeracer ;).

If they don't include Muhammad, I'm going to issue a Fatwah on them for inconsistency.

felbot:
oh now i definitely hope they include the abrahamic god and include allah incase the muslims wanna protest too.

Even though I'm not a fan of MOBA games, if they include Jesus, I might actually buy this game when it's released.

A message to all world religions.

Fuck. Off.

You are free to worship as you see fit, but that does not mean that everyone on the planet has to respect your deity. And let's get one thing straight: If it exists, it's fair game to be used in any medium, regardless of whether or not you personally find it offensive. Because let me tell you something: Not everyone believes the same things you do, and that's okay. If a product out there offends you, there is a very simple answer: DON'T CONSUME IT.

hazabaza1:
I'm glad that Religion can't invoke copyright laws.

If only they'd just admit religion as a work of fiction, then they could copyright it! Problem solved.

hazabaza1:
The main offence I'd take if I was religious is that some creepy Kali rule 34 will probably result from this.

Nah, plenty of it already exists, no harm done.

I'd love these guys to see some SMT stuff, for example YHVH aka the Ambrahamic God.

Also other examples, just pics.

There's also Mara, whom I won't show as they are literally a penis. Or a penis on chariot.

I wonder what people of old religions think of our depictions of Loki, Zeus and the like? As an Atheist to it's just like watching Thor with... Thor and Loki, or Clash of the Titans with Zeus and Hades. I guess I can't really relate.

At first, I thought they were just whining, but then I realize they had a point. These are their supreme beings, here, and we're making them lesser. Then greater, with a leveling system. But, while their point is valid, we are still discussing mythologies and pantheons of superpowered persons and creatures, which is already well documented to be fair game for game developers. Besides, if it wasn't this, it would be God of War, or Darksiders, or Dante's Inferno, or Asura's Wrath, or Enslaved, or Too Human. There's plenty of space for new gods in gaming, and, if there was something like a tasteful little bio about each one, it could even educate more people about that religion and it's fundamental mythologies.

So some no-name Nevada bugger who sees a quick-and-easy way into the spotlight joins in a rather stupid fight?

If he had issues with these kinds of portrayals, then what about "Lucy, Daughter of the Devil". I mean heck Jesus and Satan were definitely chummy at times in that. Then oh, there was that fighting game online where you had religious figures beating the tar out of each other?

captcha: Dog eat dog
Or in this case, god eat god huh?

I'm really only interested in this video game if they also include Xenu and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. In fact, I would pre-order if that were the case.

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