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    Exclamation Hindus now against QuakeCon

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    Hindus ask gaming festival QuakeCon to disallow videogame trivializing goddess Kali

    It seems that Hindus wants to get some attention these days and after attacking SMITE videogame now they want to influence QuakeCon festival to not to allow playing the Hi-Rez game there.

    Here is the press release:

    Hindus have urged internationally renowned gaming festival “QuakeCon 2012”, being held at Dallas (USA) from August two to five, not to allow play of SMITE videogame, which they say trivializes highly revered deities of Hinduism.

    Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that such a prominent international computer gaming convention officially sponsored by AT&T and Intel among others, should show responsibility and respect the feelings of upset Hindus.

    Hindus are upset at this online video action game SMITE in which the players assume the direct control of Hindu deities of Kali, Vamana and Agni. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, has already urged Alpharetta (Georgia, USA) headquartered developer Hi-Rez Studios to immediately remove the Hindu gods from the game stressing 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.

    Hi-Rez Studios has announced that its games “Tribes: Ascend and SMITE will be playable for cash and prizing at QuakeCon”, being held at Hilton Anatole.

    Rajan Zed pointed out 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.

    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.

    Catholics, Jews and Buddhists have already supported the Hindus perturbed by this inappropriate usage of Kali and other Hindu deities.

    Thousands of computer gamers from all over the world reportedly attend QuakeCon, annual free convention described as a “huge party for every sort of gamer”, “North America’s largest gaming festival” and “Woodstock of Gaming”; held in Dallas (Texas) area; “to play with their friends on a giant gaming network, see the latest cool technology, and compete in world-class tournaments”. Created in 1996, it claims to provide ultimate/unmatched gaming experience.

    Website of online video game developer Hi-Rez Studios describes SMITE as an “online battleground between mythical gods” in which players choose from a selection of gods. Erez Goren and Todd Harris are Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer respectively of Hi-Rez Studios, established in 2005 to provide online interactive entertainment.

    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.

    Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.
    NEWS SOURCE: QuakeCon (via) Official Site

    Our thanks to 'Kaos2K' for this news item!

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    Enough of these upset Hindu articles.

    Nobody cares.

    Many if not most non-Hindu people think that Hinduism is a bunch of weird & over-the-top fairy tales with flying monkey gods from the Wizard of Oz. And that's outside of the realm of video games.
    Last edited by wewii; 07-31-2012 at 07:31 AM.

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    Until people start celebrating Christmas & Easter for its true (non-commercialized) religious reasons on a global scale and stop insulting Christians as the butt end of jokes in pop-media.... then why do you think that people should care about some no-name video game.
    Last edited by wewii; 07-31-2012 at 07:36 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wewii View Post
    Until people start celebrating Christmas & Easter for its true (non-commercialized) religious reasons on a global scale and stop insulting Christians as the butt end of jokes in pop-media.... then why do you think that people should care about some no-name video game.
    many people celebrate Christmas for its true meaning, its called Saturnalia, the pagan holiday that was "stolen" for convenience and nothing at all to do with the birth of Jesus, but i guess that is an inconvenient truth.


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    Quote Originally Posted by billysastard View Post
    many people celebrate Christmas for its true meaning, its called Saturnalia, the pagan holiday that was "stolen" for convenience and nothing at all to do with the birth of Jesus, but i guess that is an inconvenient truth.
    Eh no... Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birth. All be it, that some cultures have incorporated their old pagan rituals into the Christian event such as the Christmas Tree. Whether the calendar timing is right or wrong, doesn't matter. Orthodox Christians celebrate at a different time than Catholics for example.

    What remains the same is the acknowledgement of Jesus' birth and death.

    Point being that Jesus has taken back seat in favour of other commercialized messages and values. Which piggy back on Christian celebrations and ignore their values.

    Gift giving on Christmas has Christian roots. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas

    Western culture has taken that concept of simple gift giving and raped that idea all the way to the bank.

    Santa isn't real... right? Wrong. Even Coca-Cola won't admit the Santa Claus was really a real life gift giving Christian Saint.

    Even today in some countries, Christmas still hasn't been perverted by ideas of non-religious consumerism.

    Seem like the truth isn't inconvenient, it just lacks proper timing.
    Last edited by wewii; 07-31-2012 at 11:43 AM.

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