Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Call of Duty Under Religious Fire

All the turmoil in the middle east seems to be overflowing into the world of video games. Shack News has reported that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 map 'Favela' and the re-release of 'Favela' in a Modern Warfare 3 DLC has been pulled from normal rotation for a texture "mishap" that quotes the phrase "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty,". This isn't an inflammatory remark in unto itself. However the phrase's location in the level itself has been called into question. Some people apparently found it offensive that Allah was mentioned in a picture frame located in the level's bathroom.

To avoid any backlash from the Muslim community Infinity Ward promptly pulled the level and is scouring the rest of the game for the texture to be patched out in the near future. "We apologize to anyone who found this image offensive," Activision said in a statement. "Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend." Activision also said, "Activision and our development studios are respectful of diverse cultures and religious beliefs, and sensitive to concerns raised by its loyal game players. We thank our fans for bringing this to our attention." and our development studios are respectful of diverse cultures and religious beliefs, and sensitive to concerns raised by its loyal game players. We thank our fans for bringing this to our attention."

Source: Shacknews
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111 Comments on Call of Duty Under Religious Fire

#1
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
Apparently mentioning Allah in a restroom unintentionally is more offensive then slaughtering civilians in an airport. Go figure.
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
This is ridiculous. My buddy showed me it earlier. The extremists when it comes to religion need to call the fack down haha.
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#4
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: MxPhenom 216
This is ridiculous. My buddy showed me it earlier. The extremists when it comes to religion need to call the fack down haha.
I just know they wouldn't give two shakes of a dogs tail if a Christian made the same video. But since now the threat of violence by a few of an over all peaceful religion can now intimidate the masses we have this. I wonder when the line will be drawn.

I don't hold anything against Muslims at all. But this "be politically correct or die" mantra the few extremists have needs to go. I personally would have left the texture in. Truly faithful Muslims that are confident in their religion will not care. I can bet money on this. The rest will be pissed off about something, be it this or something else. Who cares. Also Activision just went down another notch IMO.
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: TheMailMan78
I just know they wouldn't give two shakes of a dogs tail if a Christian made the same video. But since now the threat of violence by a few of an over all peaceful religion can now intimidate the masses we have this. I wonder when the line will be drawn.

I don't hold anything against Muslims at all. But this "be politically correct or die" mantra the few extremists have needs to go. I personally would have left the texture in. Truly faithful Muslims that are confident in their religion will not care. I can bet money on this. The rest will be pissed off about something, be it this or something else. Who cares.
^^ exactly
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#6
Prima.Vera
This is what lack of intelligence and proper education do to you... Is sad that Infinity Ward is listening to those primitive fanatics...
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#7
RejZoR
Eh, these fanatics (this applies to all religions, not just Muslims) are all bonkers. Don't they have anything else to do in their boring lives?
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#8
Jack1n
As much as i dislike religion as a whole in any form or shape i have to say that it is really offensive and that they accually reacted in a very good way to this.
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#9
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: Prima.Vera
This is what lack of intelligence and proper education do to you... Is sad that Infinity Ward is listening to those primitive fanatics...
They created a game that plays on mans most primal instinct next to procreation. Fighting. No amount of education and intelligence will over come that.

by: Jack1n
As much as i dislike religion as a whole in any form or shape i have to say that it is really offensive and that they actually reacted in a very good way to this.
Its cowardice. They should shut down the servers on Saturday and Sunday also. That's offensive to other religions. Why is one religion respected and not all? No. Activation is just scared they will get blown up if they do not bow down to threats.
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#10
REAYTH
should be disappointed about those whack ass textures i couldn't even see wtf he was looking at
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TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: REAYTH
should be disappointed about those whack as textures i couldn't even see wtf he was looking at
That and its COD so you know they have been using for 10 years now. :laugh:
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trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: TheMailMan78
Apparently mentioning Allah in a restroom unintentionally is more offensive then slaughtering civilians in an airport. Go figure.
While taking a shit you yell out "Oh Allah!" "Oh Allah!" and it is offensive? But you blow up 300 people and that is just fine?

I would like to see video games go back to a more "science fiction" tone and take out the "Reality" tone Games. Seems to me we have enough to see on that front.
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trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: TheMailMan78
They created a game that plays on mans most primal instinct next to procreation. Fighting. No amount of education and intelligence will over come that.



Its cowardice. They should shut down the servers on Saturday and Sunday also. That's offensive to other religions. Why is one religion respected and not all? No. Activation is just scared they will get blown up if they do not bow down to threats.
I agree.
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#14
Rahmat Sofyan
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can you give a reason why this is ridiculous for you buddy?

I'm a muslim, in our faith we are not allowed to imagine, drawing or etc name of Allah S.W.T and our prophet Muhammad S.A.W on wrong place, despite that's only the text . but unfortunately in my believe, the restroom on this game was disgusting and we are not allowed to do that. that's our faith on of course my faith too..

we just allowed to place it the text name of Allah in good place, ex mosque , living room , and it must clean that's the point. not in the restroom, because however clean a restroom I believe you and me do nature call there, and that is :)..you know it right.

I find some games put arab text in their story, but that's not a name of God. just a letter that's ok.

It's just our faith buddy, I think and I believe Infinity Ward and Activision do this, because there are respect to any religion faith, don't we?

sorry for my bad english :)..peace.
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trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: Rahmat Sofyan
can you give a reason why this is ridiculous for you buddy?

I'm a muslim, in our faith we are not allowed to imagine, drawing or etc name of Allah S.W.T and our prophet Muhammad S.A.W on wrong place, despite that's only the text . but unfortunately in my believe, the restroom on this game was disgusting and we are not allowed to do that. that's our faith on of course my faith too..

we just allowed to place it the text name of Allah in good place, ex mosque , living room , and it must clean that's the point. not in the restroom, because however clean a restroom I believe you and me do nature call there, and that is :)..you know it right.

I find some games put arab text in their story, but that's not a name of God. just a letter that's ok.

It's just our faith buddy, I think and I believe Infinity Ward and Activision do this, because there are respect to any religion faith, don't we?

sorry for my bad english :)..peace.
So you miss the point. You DO NOT HAVE TO BUY it! Thing is once a religion or belief is PUSH onto me I tend to PUSH back.
I am sick of some one telling me what I can see what I can write what I can say. Get over it! I AM FREE!!!!! Free to write whatever I want say what I want do what I want. If that is offensive to you LOOK AWAY! Walk away, Don't buy it. That is the point. This is about how one religion is PUSHING there beliefs onto me through my games NOW!!!?
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TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: Rahmat Sofyan
can you give a reason why this is ridiculous for you buddy?

I'm a muslim, in our faith we are not allowed to imagine, drawing or etc name of Allah S.W.T and our prophet Muhammad S.A.W on wrong place, despite that's only the text . but unfortunately in my believe, the restroom on this game was disgusting and we are not allowed to do that. that's our faith on of course my faith too..

we just allowed to place it the text name of Allah in good place, ex mosque , living room , and it must clean that's the point. not in the restroom, because however clean a restroom I believe you and me do nature call there, and that is :)..you know it right.

I find some games put arab text in their story, but that's not a name of God. just a letter that's ok.

It's just our faith buddy, I think and I believe Infinity Ward and Activision do this, because there are respect to any religion faith, don't we?

sorry for my bad english :)..peace.
What about all the offensive things that are said with Christs name in videos games? Devil worshiping and up side down crosses and what not? THATS all ok. No one says anything. Kids getting killed. Servers running on the Sabbath? This is ok? Why does Islam deserve a special pass?
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#17
Rahmat Sofyan
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by: TheMailMan78
Apparently mentioning Allah in a restroom unintentionally is more offensive then slaughtering civilians in an airport. Go figure.
Yup, because that's name of God of One religion...

I don't know, how if you're a muslim too, or a christian or budhaism or any other religion found name of your God in a game on wrong place... just maybe, some reaction came too, just maybe..
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#18
Aleksander
That message can be created by infinity ward itself just to take more fame on the religious countries.
(in fact Infinity Ward has nothing to do with this, they got payed from some other company :))
This is what happened:
A guy from Infinity Ward pays to someone who knows arabic.
The guy who knows arabic makes the video.
Infinity Ward pays to websites so they show the video.
(and this is 100% true because i dont believe techpowerup guys are fools to put this kind of news so they got payed a hefty sum of $$)
It turns out Muslim religion gets more famous... as it always been like that
End of the story.
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#19
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: Rahmat Sofyan
Yup, because that's name of God of One religion...

I don't know, how if you're a muslim too, or a christian or budhaism or any other religion found name of your God in a game on wrong place... just maybe, some reaction came too, just maybe..
So you can Spell Allah and talk about Allah on this forum? I think this is a bad thing and is not going to go well. I will play nice.;)
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#20
Bo$$
My philosophy, if it is offending don't look/watch/play/go do it.....

Seriously, they need to stop giving rubbish like this press. They make religion actually seem important....
And it is this press that encourages them to go out of their way to fuck up everything else for the rest of the regular people.
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TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: Rahmat Sofyan
Yup, because that's name of God of One religion...

I don't know, how if you're a muslim too, or a christian or budhaism or any other religion found name of your God in a game on wrong place... just maybe, some reaction came too, just maybe..
They do it all the time man. ALL THE TIME. No one cares. Only reason this happened is because of the violent extremists. Do I find some things in games offensive. Sure I do. That's been shown in tons of posts Ive made. But I refuse to give a special pass to anyone based off of threats.

With that being said we have a LOT of Muslim members on TPU. A few I play games with when time allows. Respect between us has ALWAYS been a priority of mine. As a religious man myself I UNDERSTAND where you are coming from. However confidence in your faith allows such trespasses by non-believers. Follow?
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#22
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: TheMailMan78
They do it all the time man. ALL THE TIME. No one cares. Only reason this happened is because of the violent extremists. Do I find some things in games offensive. Sure I do. That's been shown in tons of posts Ive made. But I refuse to give a special pass to anyone based off of threats.

With that being said we have a LOT of Muslim members on TPU. A few I play games with when time allows. Respect between us has ALWAYS been a priority of mine. As a religious man myself I UNDERSTAND where you are coming from. However confidence in your faith allows such trespasses by non-believers. Follow?
SO true. :respect::rockout::toast:
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#23
Fairlady-z
Ok, so I come from a Muslim home, but my father always made the point clear. Religion is optional if you want and feel the need to pursue it go ahead no one is stopping you. Now this is tasteless sure I think if we hung a picture of Jesus in the bathroom it be just as tasteless. Now what these people fail to see , is this was a mere accident from what I can tell. No one in their right mind would go ahead unless they are hateful and want to do something like this. I think Activision really went out of their way to address this issue , and Kudos for them for respecting. Now my biggest problem with Activision if they would stop making those shitting games than we would be really good lol...thats my only issue here. :toast:
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#24
Rahmat Sofyan
:)

by: trickson
So you miss the point. You DO NOT HAVE TO BUY it! Thing is once a religion or belief is PUSH onto me I tend to PUSH back.
I am sick of some one telling me what I can see what I can write what I can say. Get over it! I AM FREE!!!!! Free to write whatever I want say what I want do what I want. If that is offensive to you LOOK AWAY! Walk away, Don't buy it. That is the point. This is about how one religion is PUSHING there beliefs onto me through my games NOW!!!?
Owh sorry, I'm not try too telling you.. I'm just share an info of our faith and that's maybe Activision and Infinity ward do this cause this concern about faith of one religion.
for sure I don't know what all behind this, maybe a terroris call to boot of them :D, just a joke dude.

I don't know dude, it just my opinion and I'm a muslim and I'm share just how far I know.
and I never say that's offesinve, that's just not inappropriate in our faith :)

Yeah everybody are free as long they responsible for what they doing, 100% agreed with you, but I guess you have a faith too don't you..and I believe no body who have faith want to see some body try to screw it. :)
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