Nevada: Hindus have asked the video-games developers to avoid religious themes.
Eminent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement at Nevada (USA) today, said that religion was one of the most complex and powerful force of human life, so we must take religion seriously. Video-games should not attempt to trivialize the highly revered concepts and symbols of religion just for mercantile greed.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that freedom of expression was important, but faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees. Video-games developers should be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects, as these games left lasting impact on the minds of highly impressionable children, teens and other young people.
Rajan Zed pointed out that unless the developers could accurately and authentically deliver religious imagery and symbolism, they should not unnecessarily poke into religion. Entertainment, escapism, etc., being the purposes of video-games, it was tough for developers to do justice to religion and treat it fairly or provide it with the real depth it needed.
Zed stated that, however, video-games industry was welcome to immerse in religion but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning religious concepts and symbols focusing merely on mercantile greed. It was not an appropriate platform to discuss God seriously and added to more confusion in young minds about the already misunderstood arena.
Rajan Zed suggested that various countries of the world should come up with national content rating organizations for video-games as these seriously affected the outlook and thought process of our next generation.