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Hindus Urge Sega for Removal of Lord Krishna from Video Game

Feb 3, 2016 7:46 pm
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Hindus are upset at “Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final” role-playing video game being developed/published by Sega’s subsidiary Atlus depicting Lord Krishna, saying it trivializes a highly revered Hindu deity.


Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, urged Tokyo headquartered Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. CEO Hajime Satomi to not include Lord Krishna character in its “Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final” Atlus video game being released on February 10.


Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that in a video game set-up, the player would control the movements of Lord Krishna, while in reality the devotees put the destinies of themselves in the hands of their deities.



Moreover, Lord Krishna depicted by “Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final” wears fedora type hat (widely associated with gangsters), tall riding boots, knickerbockers pant, blue hair, fancy jacket and shirt with neck-scarf,  and has brown face; while in Hindu images he is usually depicted  wearing dhoti and is blue-skinned; Rajan Zed points out.

Zed stated that Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. needed to follow its own "Group Management Philosophy", which included "strive to enrich our society and culture"; as in this case it was creating confusion in the society/cultures by spreading misinformation about Hindu deity Lord Krishna.

Rajan Zed indicated that reimagining Hindu scriptures, symbols, concepts and deities for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees. Controlling and manipulating Lord Krishna with a joystick/ button/keyboard/mouse was denigration. Lord Krishna was meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not to be reduced to just a “character” in a video game to be used in combat in the virtual battleground.

Zed further that Hindus were for free speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees. Video game makers should be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects, as these games left lasting impact on the minds of highly impressionable children, teens and other young people, Zed added.

Hindus welcomed entertainment industry to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism scriptures, symbols, concepts and deities for mercantile greed. He or other Hindu scholars would gladly provide genuine entertainment industry seekers the resources they needed for their study and research regarding Hinduism, Rajan Zed stressed.

Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken frivolously. No faith, larger or smaller, should be mishandled, Zed noted.

According to reports; post-apocalyptic “Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final”, featuring 8-bit-inspired graphics, which takes place in 2030s and which the official website describes as “This Epic is Not Sweet...!”, and priced at $54.99 (with Famitsu DX Pack at $129.99), is releasing on Nintendo 3DS platform. Directed by Satoshi Ohyama, Lord Krishna is shown as selfish and manipulative enigmatic leader of Polytheistic Alliance in it who interrupts war between Lucifer and God to subjugate humankind.

Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu and subject of major Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) and Bhagavad-Purana.

Atlus claims to have published games for every major video game console and handheld system; and positions itself as one of the industry's “most consistent, celebrated companies”. Atlus  Company Limited is one of the subsidiaries of Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. headquartered in Tokyo, which claims itself as "world’s leading entertainment company" and whose consolidated net sales in 2015 was about ¥355 billion.

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Feb 3, 2016 8:04 pm
So... They only just realised the Shin Megami Tensei series (and possibly all of its off-shoots) existed?
Meh I'm sorry but I don't think Atlus/Sega/Who-ever have really done anything wrong... I mean seriously this is one of god knows how many games that has obscured deities and mythological creatures from everywhere since the very beginning.

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    Feb 3, 2016 11:14 pm
    lol

    last time they tried to take down SMITE, they failed hard... it's a frikin video game, get it in your heads Religions...

    Feb 5, 2016 6:15 am
    I am a Hindu and i'm not offended by this. It's just a game and the character looks interesting to me. Rather i would be happy if its done right.

    Feb 6, 2016 9:26 pm
    What a joke and you know what from now on i'm modding all my games to make my chars look like these Hindus deities. If i die and i find out that the deities exist and they are pissy about it i will slap them upside the head for being so uptight. I'm not so weak that i need to place myself in the hands of some deity so i don't fully understand but why would the hindus even care? If they deity is to lazy to get off their ass and say they have a problem with it then it clearly couldn't care and neither should anyone else. If i was a deity and someone use me in a game and it bothered me i would get off my ass and say something. I bet that deity is playing the sega game right now say wth just calm down you are over reacting its a game.

    Go Sega!

    Feb 11, 2016 1:37 pm
    The guy has been in the game for so long. There are tons of deities that exist in the SMT series and should be left as is. The SMT series has treated all Gods as fairly evil anyways because they interfere with the will of humans and try to influence the world as how they see it and by doing so, they undermine the free will of man kind to decide for themselves. It is ultimately what happens to every religion when their beliefs are taken too far. If anything, this is a good example of irony as they are trying to censor the game.

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    Mar 16, 2016 5:43 am
    On the other hand... All Gods in "God of War" are depicted quite realistically... but all are getting killed quite brutally by a guy named Kratos - I think Greek should complain and demand replacing Greek Gods with American Politicians :D (and Kratos with Trump)

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