Feeds

Hindus take divine mace to Sony Playstation

Demand boycott over Hanuman: Boy Warrior

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Hindu groups worldwide have called for a boycott of all Sony PlayStation products in response to the company's Hanuman: Boy Warrior, on the grounds that the PS2 game “trivializes the highly revered deity of Hinduism”.

Sony's representation of Hanuman from the PS2 websiteThe main objection to the game is that "the player controlled the destiny of Lord Hanuman while in reality the believers put the destinies of themselves in the hands of their deities". Accordingly, "controlling and manipulating Lord Hanuman with a joystick/button/keyboard/mouse" - including wielding the deity's "Mighty Mace" to inflict righteous damage on adversaries - constitutes "denigration".

Led by "acclaimed Hindu statesman" Rajan Zed, religious leaders took their concerns over the game to Sony, who apparently refused to discuss the matter and whose "callous attitude" has now prompted action.

Bhavna Shinde, of the US-based Forum for Hindu Awakening, said the campaign was examining the possibility of "requesting the major wholesalers and retailers of videogames, in India and wherever else this videogame was launched, not to carry it". She added a blanket boycott of Sony products was a possibility, and further urged members of other faiths to join the moratorium on buying PlayStation products.

The press release concludes by indicating that a titanic struggle is in prospect. It notes: "Lord Hanuman is greatly revered and his worship is very popular among Hindus and there are numerous temples dedicated to him. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents.

"Sony, with Howard Stringer as Chairman and headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world." ®

Bootnote

Rajan Zed is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. His previous targets include Gwyneth Paltrow, pulled up for failing to adequately nourish the inner aspect on her "mundane" blog, the EU for its "discrimination, racism and xenophobia", and Angels and Demons - a film which he described as "unnecessarily playing with the sentiments of the faithful for mercantile greed".

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys
Little men straddle LOHAN, attend tiny G20 Summit... ah, sweet memories...
Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise
Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic
Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest
New minifigs like Monster Fighters are turning kids to the dark side
Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine
Only I can 'make an empire out of a republic' intones presidential candidate
Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air
Citizens line up for bags of that sweet, sweet mountain air
Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'
Mountain View is prankin' like it's 1999...
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.