Various religious and spiritual groups are calling for a ban on an online game where Gods such as Lord Ganesha, Buddha, Jesus and the prophet Muhammad fight to the death. The flash-based game is designed by Italian based Molleindustria. After protests from religious organizations, the game currently has a censored version along with the original version (but currently none of the versions are available for playing).
Molleindustria defines the game as – Faith Fighter is the ultimate fighting game for these dark times. Choose your belief and kick the shit out of your enemies. Give vent to your intolerance! Religious hate has never been so much fun.
After protests Molleindustria has changed their tone
The Game is not intended to be offensive towards any religion in particular. Its aim is to push the gamers to reflect on who the religions and sacred representations are often instrumentally used to fuel or justify conflicts between nations and people.
The game contains a depiction of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him. If you feel that such a depiction would be offensive, we ask that you play the censored version of the game in which the character’s face has been removed. Or better yet, don’t play the game at all.
A spokesman for Italian-based Molleindustria said the purpose of the game was 'to push gamers to reflect on how sacred representations are often used to fuel or justify conflicts between people'. (reports Metro.co.uk)
Currently the game is inactive though one can view the initial steps.
The aim of the game is to create entertainment and fun (in the name of religion) by taking advantage of people’s religious sentiments. This is also a classic example of getting publicity through controversy.