Posted on October 22, 2008,

Phil Harrison Agrees with Little Big Planet Recall

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Many gamers have been up in arms since news broke that Little Big Planet was being delayed due to a music track in the game containing quotes from the Quran, which could prove to be offensive to Muslims. One of the main arguments against this is that Sony is being too cautious about offending Muslims while numerous other religions are frequently offended by games.

There are, however, those who support the recall, including the former president of Sony Worldwide Studios, Phil Harrison. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, he emphatically claimed that Sony made “absolutely the right decision” and claimed it would have no impact on the game’s success.

He went on to say:

I wasn’t privy to all of the discussions and debate that went on within Sony, but I know they would have thought very deeply about it, and at the highest level of the company. And on reflection I think it was absolutely the right thing to do, because Little Big Planet set out from day one to be a game for the entire world — and if there was anything that accidentally detracted from that vision and made the game not fun for the entire world, then the game would have fundamentally failed in its mission.

Ultimately, it’s not the end of the world to have to wait a little longer for what will no doubt be a sensational game. But this does raise the question of where the line is when it comes to including anything that might have religious implications, not to mention a double standard when it comes to what’s appropriate in movies but not videogames, and a whole mess of other questions that are extremely difficult to answer.

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4 Comments on Phil Harrison Agrees with Little Big Planet Recall

erathoniel

On October 23, 2008 at 5:13 am

If I got mad every time someone quoted the Bible or showed irreverence towards it, I’d go mad.

Quit apologizing to those nuts, it’s only the more radical Muslims who care, the rest of them don’t.

runemaster

On October 23, 2008 at 6:41 am

Well … following that argument, there are several countries in the world where they dislike music that is not made in the national language ! I guess Sony will have to delay a couple of years, sign a couple of contracts more and after that all they have to do is implementing a mode for deaf, blind, onehanded … at least at that point the ps3 will be cheap enough to be given away for free including a diesel generator for all those living in countries that are unfortunate and don´t have the money and infrastructur …
i guess you get my point.

Cletus

On October 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm

I hope Sony is able to make money from these ‘offended Muslims’ to replace the money that I will no longer be giving them for this game. I don’t do business with companies that behave like this.

I R COOL

On October 23, 2008 at 9:16 pm

THE DELAY/RECALL TICKED ME OFF DUDE I MEAN EVERY RELIGION GETS OFFENDED WETHER ITS MOVIES TELEVISION OR THE FUNNIES IN THE NEWS PAPER THE POINT IS YOU DON’T HAVE TO DELAY A GAME THAT I WAS DYING TO PLAY FOR THAT KIND OF CRAP