Hindus Upset At Online Video Game Using Kali And Other Gods As Combat Tools


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Hindus are upset at an online video action game SMITE being created by a Georgia (USA) developer in which the players assume the direct control of some Hindu gods.

Its current list of Hindu gods includes: Kali, Vamana and Agni. A scantily clad image of Hindu goddess Kali is posted on the SMITE page of the company (Hi-Rez Studios) website.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Alpharetta headquartered developer Hi-Rez Studios to immediately remove the Hindu gods from the game as it trivialized the highly revered deities of Hinduism.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that in a video game set-up, the player would control the movements of goddess Kali and other Hindu deities, while in reality the devotees put the destinies of themselves in the hands of their deities.

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

Zed pointed out that Hindus were for free speech as much as anybody else if not more. Hindu tradition encouraged peaceful debates, won on their intellectual merit. 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 concepts and symbols for mercantile greed. Hindus would gladly provide genuine entertainment industry seekers the resources they needed for their study and research regarding Hinduism, Rajan Zed stated.

Hinduism has about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. No faith, larger or smaller, should be plundered, Zed noted.

Website of online video game developer Hi-Rez Studios describes this video game SMITE as an “online battleground between mythical gods” in which players choose from a selection of gods.

Upon release, SMITE will be a free-to-play game but gods will be priced, ranging between $2-$4. SMITE Beta, currently a Closed Beta, began on May 31 last and its full release is claimed within eight months. Before its general release, it will be “balanced and polished” with the help of Beta community, allowing users to play it early and provide feedback. Besides Hindu gods, other gods listed are: Greek, Norse, Chinese and Egyptian. It can be pre-ordered now.

Hi-Rez Studios, established in 2005 to provide online interactive entertainment, has already released “Global Agenda” and “Tribes” titles and is now developing SMITE. SMITE “tutorial video” was released on June 20. Erez Goren and Todd Harris are Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer respectively.

Goddess Kali, who personifies Shakti or divine energy and considered the goddess of time and change, is widely worshipped in Hinduism. Vamana is the fifth avatar of Vishnu (the “preserver” in the Hindu triad with Brahma and Shiva as the aspect of the Supreme, who had ten incarnations to establish dharma). Agni is one of the most significant Vedic deities, second most frequently invoked in Rig-Veda. Moksh (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.


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2 thoughts on “Hindus Upset At Online Video Game Using Kali And Other Gods As Combat Tools”

  1. I am hindu myself ( a famous hindu blogger) and i don’t find it offensive at all. Kali comes in different forms. She is sometimes Shantha Swarupini ( very peaceful) and other times Ograrupini ( very ferocious) Kali is just not shakthi she is Adhi Shakthi through whom Trinity of Hinduism namely Bhrama, Vishnu, Shiva and their respective consorts were formed. This Rajan Zed has no idea as how kali is worshipped in the Southern part of India. They form their own organizations and assume they are the face of Hinduism, what a cheapo!

    1. Who is this Narayani , and what type of Hindu she is. She claims that she is very famous.Is she is enlightened Hindu she should know that Thrimoorthies,kali, Ganesha and all other icons Hindu use to worship are Just symbols are just imaginations of human beings to give some sort of form or shape to that shapeless and un manifested God almighty.As far as Hindus are concerned they are very sacred.If any one wants to use them for entertainment, it is highly objectionable.These idols should not be reduced into toys.She is alleging that Mr Rajan Zed does not know how Hindus are worshiping the goddess Kali in different parts of India.Would she mind to tell us in which part of India Hindus are using the Icons Kali or other icons of gods as toys.those who are using Hindu symbols or icons are doing it to Insult Hindus and their their sentiments.Those who could not find any faults in such desecrations are not Hindus.That is why I am wondering what type of Hindu she is.

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