Phil Harrison Agrees with Little Big Planet Recall
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.