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    LiitleBigPlanet now shipping October 27, amid delay controversy

    by Danielle Riendeau on Oct 18, 2008 at 08:30 PM

    As we reported earlier, PS3 platformer/game creation tool LittleBigPlanet suffered from an emergency delay this week, once it was discovered that some game content was offensive to Muslims. We had no official word on the release date until now – when the PlayStation blog announced that the game will ship on October 27, 2008. Thankfully, it’s a fairly minor delay, but damage to Sony’s reputation among Middle Eastern gamers has probably already been done.

    It’s not a very happy situation, but at the very least, the delay won’t be very long at all. PS3 gamers will be able to build and share their creations with the world starting a week from Monday.

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    • Katie said:

      offensive to Muslims? How?

    • Brinstar said:

      I can understand why Sony chose to err on the side of caution. Even if all Muslims do not strictly adhere to the belief that passages from the Qu’ran should not be put into music (as is obvious by the existence of the song in the first place), it’s good that Sony are actually thinking of the cultural implications of their decisions and owning up to what they believe is a mistake. One wonders whether Sony would do the same thing if another religious group were involved, however.

      What is incredibly angering is the utterly hateful reaction from so many gamers. The hate speech—racism, bigotry, and ethnic slurs—being hurled at Muslims by gamers as a result of Sony’s decision is sickening.

    • Danielle Riendeau from Boston, MA said:
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      Brinstar, I agree with you 100% – Any backlash is ugly – why on Earth someone feels the need to berate a person of a different faith (or gender, or sexuality, or race, or whatever) is beyond me, and far too well-tolerated in the gamer community.

      Sony did what they had to do. Now, I wish gamers would stand up against the slurs and let the individuals throwing them around know that this is totally unacceptable.

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