After a long wait, Shin Megami Tensei V it finally hit stores on November 12. However, it seems that its launch was not without controversy, as a few weeks ago a politician attacked the game and the representation of some gods.
As you know, in this ATLUS franchise, players can face off and recruit some religious figures that belong to various pantheons. Hindu deities such as Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha and Hanuman appear in the fourth installment and, unsurprisingly, they once again have a stake in Shin Megami Tensei V. However, it seems that not all people are happy with this.
Hindu politician lashes out at Shin Megami Tensei V
Through a statement, Rajan Zed, an American Indian politician and president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, lashed out at the JRPG and those responsible for representing the spiritual figures of his religion. Specifically, he claims that it is disrespectful for the game to label Hindu deities as “demons,” a word that is perceived as negative and refers to an evil spirit.
The politician claims that the Sega Sammy Group, a company owned by ATLUS, should be more responsible and not trivialize the beliefs of others. He also asked that Haruki Satomi, president of the company, apologize and train his staff in religious and cultural sensitivity to prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future.
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Of course, Rajan Zed affirms that he supports freedom of expression and that he is not against figures from Hinduism and other issues concerning their culture appearing in the media. However, he asks that this approach be as respectful as possible.
Finally, and according to the portal GameBraves, the saga Shin Megami Tensei he usually refers to all deities, regardless of their nature, as “demons.” In this way, Judeo-Christian and Buddhist figures that also appear in the game fall into the same category.
But tell us, what do you think of this situation? Do you think the politician’s complaints are justified? Let us read you in the comments.
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