Ubisoft cautioned on misusing Hinduism

Ubisoft cautioned on misusing HinduismMadhu Patel

CHICAGO: Concerned about trivialization, enlightened Indians across the globe have pitched French video game publisher Ubisoft to depict Hindu deities, temples, traditions, terminology and concepts with respect and accuracy in upcoming video-game “Beyond Good and Evil 2”.

In this action-adventure video game to be published by Ubisoft, Hinduism reportedly would play a pivotal role in the narratives, with images and references related to this religion, while it explores Ganesha City named after highly revered Hindu deity Lord Ganesha.

A group of Indian Americans and others have expressed the hope that the final product of this video-game would showcase Hinduism concepts, traditions, objects, terminology and deities authentically; matching their characterization as portrayed in ancient Hindu scriptures, instead of giving its own fantasized or re-imagined version.

Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, observed that it should be a welcome development that the entertainment industry gets immersed in Hindu philosophy and thought, but it should take that seriously and respectfully; as refashioning of Hinduism scriptures, symbols, traditions, concepts, terminology and deities for mercantile greed would hurt the sentiments of devotees. Besides, misrepresentation creates confusion among non-Hindus about Hinduism. Insensitive handling of faith traditions sometimes result in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols, he added.

With seasoned and skillful professionals at the helm in Ubisoft it would not be a futile gesture urging for more sensitivity towards faith traditions terminology of this ancient religious that has .1.1 billion followers globally

Video-game makers should be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects, as these games are a powerful medium that leaves lasting impact on the unsuspecting minds of highly impressionable children, teens and other young people, it is contended.

Ubisoft claims to be “a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed”. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, it reportedly generated sales of €1,732 million. Yves Guillemot is CEO of Ubisoft, launched in 1986 and headquartered in the Paris suburb Montreuil, whose tagline is “Outstanding games made by exceptional humans”.

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