Malaysia cracks down on fighting Jesus video game

Malaysia cracks down on fighting Jesus video game September 9, 2017

A company called Steam has incurred the wrath of the Malaysian authorities by promoting a video game that pits mythological deities, Jesus included, against one another.
The Steam blurb for Fight of Gods reads:

Your prayers have been answered! For the first time ever, gods, holy spirits and mythological characters from around the globe and throughout history will clash in an explosive 2D fighter where the entire world is at stake!

And the game’s developer, PQube, adds:

Who will prevail in the ultimate battle of gods? Will Jesus, fresh from ripping himself off the sacrificial cross, smite all his foes with the power of his Punishment Fist?
Can Buddha slap his opponents into submission?
Harness the power of fire, lightning, water, plagues and more as you pit gods and prophets such as Odin, Zeus, Amaterasu, Anubis, Moses and Athena against one another in one of the most unique and outlandish fighters ever created.

According to this report, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) took immediate action by denying citizens access to the Steam store.
The company debuted a trailer featuring Jesus this week. That caused quite a stir, with mainstream media outlets gleefully reporting Jesus’ addition to the game, with his deadpan fight introduction voice-over of “I’m back, for the people”.
Jesus then rips himself off his cross and uses the remaining wood to beat a variety of opponents. Mo-Ham-Head is notably missing from the line-up of foes.

Malaysians who try to access the store get the message in English and Malay:

This website is not available in Malaysia as it violate(s) the National law(s).

Fight of Gods publisher PQube has provided a statement:

Fight of Gods is a video game that takes a humorous approach to religion in the same way that other entertainment formats have – across television, film, books and theatre.
The game is not promoting any religious agenda and is not designed to offend. The description of the game on the digital platforms through which it is distributed provide clear guidance on the nature of the game and its content so that people can freely choose whether or not to play it. We fully respect the choice of those who would not wish to play it.
We are disappointed that such freedom of choice is not given to everyone and in particular that the game has been forcibly removed from sale in Malaysia, although no direct communication has been received by us as to the reasons for this.
Nevertheless we respect any rules and censorship imposed in any given territory.
We have reached out to Steam and are working with them to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

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  • barriejohn

    Well, we all know what happens to people who “take a humorous approach to religion”, don’t we?
    Barry: You’ve featured at least one similar game here before. They’re great!

  • L.Long

    The OOOHHHhhh! SSSOOOOoo! delicate metal condition of the religious bigoted intolerant ahole nutjobs!!! They don’t like the game they can just NOT play!!! The fact that really terrifies the religious aholes is the fact that the company is making money off the game so there are a LOT of people out there who think their and all religions are utterly silly!

  • Broga

    Christians should be promoting this. “Jesus then rips himself off his cross and uses the remaining wood to beat a variety of opponents.”
    Jesus looks like one tough dude. Followers would be delighted to throng to the cause of a warrior like this. An opportunity for mass conversions lost here. Very unimaginative response from Christians.

  • AtheistDude

    What? No Muhammad or Allah in this game?
    I’d say it’s a jip then!
    If any holy entity has the kick-ass power to kill, it’s gotta be the Arab dude!

  • T

    “The game is not promoting any religious agenda and is not designed to offend”.
    You don’t have to design things to offend muslims. They will take offence at any perceived slight and blow it up out of all proportion. It’s what muslims do … they search out things to be offended by and wind themselves up into frenzies of hysterical outrage often spiced up with the opportunity for mindless violence.

  • barriejohn

    T: That may well be true, but there doesn’t appear to be any Allah or Moo-hammed in this game. They may well have been wise to have steered well clear of those particular “heroes”!

  • Great Satan

    Shame they did not have the figure of Mohammed in the video game – it would have been great fun to have him slaughtered by the old Norse heroes !

  • T

    There may be no Mo ar Big Al in the game but that is the point. Muslims have to proclaim offense and clamp down on things such as this lest someone else dares … its called pre-emptive action. In otherwords unveiled threats of big trouble if Mo is insulted. Its how islam crushes free speech, democracy and rights of minorities. By very believable threats of acts of random extreme violence by the werewolves of jihad who are tempted into action by the promise of paradise and a life of eternal debauchery by nasty hatemongering imams.

  • Stephen Mynett

    Totally OT but worth sharing. Jerry Coyne gets a good share of nutters on his site and the latest is brilliant, here is a piece on the true age of the earth:

  • Broga

    T says: Or what Bill Shankley called getting your retaliation in first.

  • T

    Meanwhile …
    Bodies of ‘hundreds’ of children buried in mass CATHOLIC ORPHANAGE grave – BBC News
    One wonders how many more of these institutions have such secret burial sites. How many? 5% 10% 25% 75% 100%?
    Its a neat trick isnt it.
    Declare sex dirty and sinful.
    Declare contraception practically illegal.
    Declare unmarried mothers as mortally sinful and worthless.
    Steal their children.
    Give the poor kids to nuns.
    Use the poor kids as raw material for the “godly work” of saving their souls and indoctrination with mortal fear that if they ever complain as adults they will suffer gods wrath.
    Sell some of the kids to childless catholic couples in foreign countries. Well the money has to come from somewhere.
    Batter and abuse the rebelious kids with harsh physical and mental brutality to keep them in line. And its good fun to hit and beat godless ungrateful brats.
    Underfeed them, provide minimal medical care. Well costs have to be minimised.
    What to do with the ones that die from neglect, cold, malnutrition, disease and physical abuse? I know bury them secretly and don’t declare the deaths to the civil authorities lest they become suspicious of the high mortality rates and unusual causes of death.
    That the RCC got away with this for so long, and still is, whilst declaring atheists as Not Fully Human, is a travesty of justice and a clear measure of the evil that is the RCC.