A report has shown that CyberConnect2 and Capcom's Asura's Wrath has drummed up a little more controversy than expected. The Hindu community has criticized the over-the-top action game for "trivializing" Hinduisms and its respective beliefs.
Hindu statesman and President of Universal Society of Hinduism Rajan Zed said in a statement released today that the trivialization and appropriation of Hindu symbols and concepts has upset many devotees.
A number of appropriated elements in Asura's Wrath were re-imagined to fit the game's plot. Asura's wife Durga, who gets murdered, is originally one of the major Hindu deities, and honoured as the world's saviour who defeated Mahisasura, a well-known asura.
At the same time, Zed noted the importance of freedom of speech, but added that faith was "sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt devotees." Going on, he stressed that video game developers should be more sensitive when it comes to appropriating religion and faith so as to avoid affecting younger, and more impressionable minds.
On that note, while Zed believes that developers should be more careful, he also stated that the video games industry is more than welcome to "immerse" itself in religion in a serious and respectful manner without misappropriating or refashioning religious beliefs, and that he would gladly provide the resources needed.
"No faith, larger or smaller, should be plundered," Zed said in closing.