We urge #BlizzardEntertainment to withdraw #Devi (Goddess) skin of #Symmetra character in #OverwatchVideoGame, which is highly inappropriate — Rajan Zed (@rajanzed) July 16, 2016
We urge #BlizzardEntertainment to withdraw #Devi (Goddess) skin of #Symmetra character in #OverwatchVideoGame, which is highly inappropriate
— Rajan Zed (@rajanzed) July 16, 2016
According to reports, Zed said that the skin of the character “trivializes one of Hindu religion’s most revered goddesses”, a reference to Kali.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, took umbrage at the fact that the movements of the character in the Devi avatar can be controlled, which is unlike the belief of Hinduism where devotees place their destinies in the hands of the goddess.
He urged video game makers to be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects and not to “refashion” Hinduism scriptures, symbols, concepts and deities for mercantile greed.
Zed had previously urged another video game maker Hi-Rez Studios to remove Hindu gods and goddesses from their game Smite. Even Buddhist and Jewish leaders had joined Zed to protest the depiction of the gods and goddesses, particularly Kali, in the game.
Instead of heeding to his request, the makers audaciously increased the number of gods.
Whether or not having Hindu gods and goddesses as playable characters in video games is of course a question that needs to be answered. If video game makers do not mess with the sentiments of other existing religions (Egyptian, Chinese, Mayans, and Greek are extinct), then why do they have this penchant of playing around with Hindu religious deities?