The European delay of LittleBigPlanet we mentioned earlier has blossomed into a worldwide recall of the game due to passages from the Islamic holy text Qur’an being included in the background music in one of the levels.
“During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur’an,” admitted the company in a statement.
“We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence that this may have caused.”
Yesterday a reader sent us a link to a music file containing the two offending phrases, which can be found here. Hit the jump for the translation of the offending phrases.
The words are:
1- In the 18th second: “ÙƒÙ„ Ù†ÙØ³ Ø°Ø§Ø¦Ù‚Ø© Ø§Ù„Ù…ÙˆØª” (“kollo nafsin tha’iqatol mawt”, literally: ‘Every soul shall have the taste of death’).
2- Almost immediately after, in the 27th second: “ÙƒÙ„ Ù…Ù† Ø¹Ù„ÙŠÙ‡Ø§ ÙØ§Ù†” (“kollo man alaiha fan”, literally: ‘All that is on earth will perish’).
Thanks to NSider for providing the link and translation.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more on how this recall effects release dates.
It seems it was an Arabic song that was added to the soundtrack for the game. I am really surprised and appreciative that Sony went out of their way (they will lose a lot of money) to remove this song from the game.Â We should buy products from Sony in support for their kindness of removing the song from this game.Â In fact, I thinkÂ I will buy this game.Â Although as a Muslim, I believe that it didn’t really matter if the song was added to the game or not.Â I wouldn’t be offended at all if the game had that song in it.
Is Warhammer Online worth it? (Cinematic Trailer)
Ramadan has held back by computer gaming to 0% but I am afraid that as an Eid gift, I will be doing Jihad online against a bunch of monsters and ogres with supernatural powers. Or should I control my nafs for a while and wait till October to do Jihad against the communits (Red Alert 3 – Cinetmatic Trailer).
Imagine if real world political wars would be solved by online computer games?
By the way for those who have no idea what Diablo 3 is, it’s a computer game that was extremely popular a few years back just like Starcraft. Blizzard paused Starcraft and Diablo development and focused on Warcraft with its great hit, World of Warcraft (which I have not played at all).
For those who do know…I’ll see you battle.net!
Nintendo better meet with Johnny Lee and start developing this technology for the market! I have a Nintendo Wii and I’m a big fan of it. I can’t wait to see the potential it has!