Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu Deities in SMITE

June 27, 2012 -

Rajan Zed, the president of the U.S.-based Universal Society of Hinduism, has demanded that Hi-Rez Studios immediately remove Hindu gods from its upcoming online action-strategy-RPG game SMITE. In SMITE, players can take control of such Hindu gods as Kali, Vamana and Agni.

Zed said that recreating Hindu gods or using Hindu scripture for commercial gain was unacceptable because it hurt “religious sentiments." He described the ability to control goddess Kali and others in a video game as a denigrating and noted that they are meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines.

"Hindus welcomed [the] entertainment industry to immerse in Hinduism but it is important to take it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism concepts and symbols for mercantile greed," said Zed. "Hindus will gladly provide genuine entertainment industry seekers the resources they need for their study and research regarding Hinduism."

Hi-Rez has not made any public comment about Zed's demands. Smite is an online action strategy game similar to DOTA, but uses a third-person perspective. The game is currently in beta. You can learn more here. Hi-Rez is also known for developing Tribes Ascend and Global Agenda.

Source: The Times of India


Comments

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

"I forced Shiva to combine with a Muslim angel to form Satan so I could destroy the Shinto deities protecting Tokyo, which just manages to hit blasphemy buttons all the way around."

The Megaten Series in a nutshell HA!

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

So, first Asura, now SMITE... But my question is, why now? And why these games?

Final Fantasy's a bigger name than either, and for many years a good chunk of their summons and recurring enemies are named right out of Hinduism. And as far removed as Asura was from the background mythology, at least they didn't turn Shiva into an ice goddess because his name sounds feminine and is close to "shiver."

Heck, I'd argue Shin Megami Tensei is a bigger name than Asura or SMITE (perhaps not in individual success but by the sheer number of games its had in the various sub-series), and it has most of the Hindu pantheon being enslaved to do the bidding of man, and at one point I forced Shiva to combine with a Muslim angel to form Satan so I could destroy the Shinto deities protecting Tokyo, which just manages to hit blasphemy buttons all the way around.

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

Sorry, but copyright has surely expired on all ancient fictions. Invent and publish a new religion if you don't want it to be used freely by others in their creative works.

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

Given the way copyright extension has been going, I wouldn't be sure about that :-/

 

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

Sorry Hindus, but unless you are also Muslims, nobody is really worried about offending you.

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

"Zed said that recreating Hindu gods or using Hindu scripture for commercial gain was unacceptable because it hurt “religious sentiments.""

It hurts my religious sentiments for any religion to try to claim privilege. Checkmate.

 

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

The entertainment industry is all about mercantile greed.  That is pretty much the point of any industry.  Therefore you can't say that you want the entertainment industry to immerse its self in Hinduism, then be shocked when greed comes into play.  It logically makes no sense.

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

No.

If you don't like it, don't play it.  It's that simple.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

I'm sure its on the list of things the game industry will be removing from games, right after angels, demons, devils, spirits, mana, nagas, zombies, just about everything in assassin's creed...

Re: Universal Society of Hinduism Demands Removal of Hindu ...

You can't have it both way.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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