Yesterday in Nevada, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, appealed to video-games developers to avoid inaccurately portraying religious imagery and symbolism in games.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that freedom of expression is important, but that video-games should not trivialize the concepts and symbols of religion, as attempts to are belittling and hurtful to devotees. Furthermore, he expressed concern about the “lasting impact on the minds of highly impressionable children, teens and other young people.”
While much of this seems like the age old argument on the impact of video games on minds of youths, the concern over the representation of religion is an interesting one.
In a time where differences between various world cultures and religions is continually being exaggerated by the media, do inaccurate representations of religion function only to further ignorance?
Zed suggested that in order to combat the problem of religious misrepresentation, countries around the world should come up with national content rating organizations for video-games.