Feeds

Hindus take divine mace to Sony Playstation

Demand boycott over Hanuman: Boy Warrior

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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".

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher
Run whois google.com or whois microsoft.com. We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.