In the wake of yesterday’s controversy, Italian game provacateurs Molleindustria have pulled their Faith Fighter game from public view.
Although it was released more than a year ago, Faith Fighter was not on the mainstream media’s radar until yesterday’s Metro UK reported that religious leaders of various stripes were outraged by the game, which features Mortal Kombat-like matches between deities of several popular religions.
As the controversy grew, the Associated Press reported today that the influential, Saudi-based Organization of the Islamic Conference had called for the removal of Faith Fighter from the Internet. Accoring to the AP, the OIC called the game "incendiary in its content" and "offensive to Muslims and Christians."
In a message posted on the Faith Fighter website, Molleindustri’s Paolo Pedercini blames Metro UK for "manufacturing" the controversy:
Faith Fighter was meant to be a game against intolerance that used over the top irony and a cartoonish style to express the instrumental use of religions.
Faith Fighter depicted in a mildly politically incorrect way all the major religions as a response to the one-way islamophobic satire of the Danish Mohammad cartoons.
If an established organization didn’t understand the irony and the message of the game and is claiming it is inciting intolerance, we simply failed.
We suspect that people at OIC never played the game and only referred to the article on Metro UK that successfully manufactured this controversy.
Molleindustria also stopped by GamePolitics to post a comment on the controversy.