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