LittleBigDelayedPlanet


As you may have heard LittleBigPlanet has been slightly delayed. For North America it’s delayed about a week. Europe should get it on Oct 31st. But a lot of people have the game already. So why not just let the game ship on schedule and patch it?

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. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologize for any offense that this may have caused.

We will begin shipping LittleBigPlanet to retail in North America the week of October 27th. Sorry for the delay, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get LittleBigPlanet to you as soon as possible.

This is the message that caused it all.

LittleBigPlanet Release Update


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  1. #1 by Office Ninja on October 17th, 2008

    Yikes. This is pretty sad. Such a great game gets delayed and hampered for such a ridiculously trivial reason. I can only imagine that recalling and repressing all of the discs world wide will cause a loss to the company.

    Not to be offensive in anyway, but I find this very petty. The two lines were not in anyway negative or offensive. If they really bothered anyone, they can always not buy the game.

  2. #2 by Mike on October 17th, 2008

    They’re worried about people being offended by what will eventually become an offensive content generating machine? Is the game going to get pulled from shelves in Germany once a user creates a Hitler themed level?

    With everything going on in the world people need to learn to let stuff like this go.

  3. #3 by Darrin on October 17th, 2008 [ 17143 Points ]

    It’s wise of Sony to reprint discs. Tons of people will play the disc content without doing updates, and they don’t need the trouble.

    Offensive user-created online content is inevitable, but offensive prepackaged official content isn’t as excusable.

  4. #4 by Tosh Hatch on October 17th, 2008 [ 1102 Points ]

    lol, the guy who delayed LBP is on NeoGAf – http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=339201&page=20 – start on post #977

  5. #5 by Emrah on October 17th, 2008 [ 7319 Points ]

    The offensive words were in Somalian correct me if I’m wrong, not even Original Qo’ran text. LBP should have been delayed in Somalia (!), and the other regions should have gotten the patch. Now people will target Qo’ran in their level creations as revenge. This is not a good thing.

  6. #6 by Emrah on October 17th, 2008 [ 7319 Points ]

    Oh, the original post says arabic, well, it doesn’t change my opinion still.

  7. #7 by mike on October 17th, 2008

    what the f

  8. #8 by mcloki on October 17th, 2008 [ 2355 Points ]

    Sony’s doing the right thing. Sony seems to get in trouble with churches about every two years. Church of England? This in no way reduces the game in my eyes. Sony’s PR guys did a good job with this one. They were on top of it quick and did the right thing.
    I have to sadly agree with Emrah. In a world of user created content and networked games. It is going to be next to impossible to stamp out everything that is offensive. Cultures will clash. People will be offended.
    All I can hope for is that people learn to “turn the other cheek” rather than have an “eye for an eye” attitude.

  9. #9 by hobbes on October 17th, 2008

    here’s the thing, gamers will create a backlash and by sony doing this they’ll make it worse, do you not think users will create levels that will directly attack each religion now, not what sony wants.

  10. #10 by mcloki on October 17th, 2008 [ 2355 Points ]

    We’ll find out if Ps3 users are like the stereotypical xbox live users. I’ve only found the people I’ve met to be very nice.

  11. #11 by Paranoimia on October 18th, 2008 [ 1285 Points ]

    I find this utterly ridiculous. From what I’ve been reading today, this song is not only written by a Muslim, but has also been on general sale for TWO YEARS. And they choose NOW to find it offensive?

  12. #12 by mpz on October 18th, 2008

    Well i’m sure i’m not the only one offended by this pandering to people’s illogical delusions. It isn’t the words that are offensive to those offended, it is merely that they are also written in their specific holy book. That’s all. How absurd.

    I wonder how many deliberately offensive games will now be made within LBP once it is released. It starts the whole thing on a seriously negative note. I hope the ‘community filtering’ aspect doesn’t mean levels are pulled simply because some minority (or even majority) is offended by it, and hopefully it is mostly an ‘anything goes’ system – but it can be rated adult, and uses the ps3′s parental settings to control access for the wee ones. As we’re seeing these days – just about anything you can possibly do will be offensive to someone, somewhere, at some time or another (although it only seems that offending religious people is actually `counted’, as if some irrational belief system makes their offense more meritorious). Youtube is already having problems with censorship being caused by zealots pushing their own particular barrows around, and to have that cancer infect Sony’s ‘closed internet’ would be sad.

    These just might be a few sung lines from a book in a language most ps3 owners wouldn’t even understand. But surely the same chaps will be offended by the ability to have a sack-girl dress up and play with sack-boy’s (who aren’t their siblings) out on the internet? Even touching or holding them? Maybe Sony should remove that feature too? And force all sack-chicks to wear burqa’s while they’re at it …

    Media Molecule & Sony must be heart-broken. I guess about a week after it comes out it’ll be mostly forgotten about, but there will surely be some nasty levels created as a protest, and it all bites into the positive ‘vibe’ they’ve spent so long creating. Many of their fans will be offended by this. Even if the majority who end up buying it probably wont even know of the fuss … with any luck.

    (and the resistance thing with the church was utterly ridiculous, they should’ve just ignored it completely and let them rant and rave like the lunatics they are).

  13. #13 by Bazza on October 19th, 2008

    I’m finding it hard to understand how if it’s offensive to have the words of the Qu’ran sung, that a Muslim himself has been writing+singing (and not doubt, profiting) from such an act, and yet that is (presumably) ok. Or, have I missed something, and there has been a Worldwide product recall on the song/album in question?

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

  14. #14 by Glitch on October 19th, 2008

    @Bazza: I’m not really sure, but I think the problem actually is, that the song is used in a game, so that the words from the Qu’ran is used in a media used for entertainment. Which could be twisted into meaning that the holy (God’s) words in the Qu’ran is used for entertainment, which then would be a sort of desecration of God’s words.

    But as I said – I’m not sure.

    By the way, what do you mean with the words “Pot. Kettle. Black”? It seems to be an English/American expression that I am not at all familiar with? :-)

  15. #15 by Paranoimia on October 19th, 2008 [ 1285 Points ]

    Glitch… have a read of this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot_calling_the_kettle_black

    Back to the subject…

    (a) I’d have thought that Muslims would be happy to see phrases from their holy book being spread among the rest of the world. But from what I’ve been reading over the last couple of days, I gather it’s only the ‘hard liners’ who are taking offence, and that most Muslims aren’t particularly bothered.

    (b) Given the translation of those words, I’d have thought people would be more worried about non-Muslims being offended, since if you are a religious person (which I personally am not) they could be quite offensive.

  16. #16 by Bazza on October 19th, 2008

    @Glitch – I’m still lost. So, a song is okay, but, a game isn’t? They’re both forms of entertainment in my book. Or, is a game perceived as making light of it, whereas a song is a form of celebration? Too many grey areas for my liking.

    @Paranoimia – Nice URL! Spot on.

    I’ll happily out myself here, I’m a Christian. And, a Roman Catholic one at that. Ok, a lapsed one. But, there you go.

    My understanding of Islam, and bearing in mind that Catholicism has taught me that everyone else on the entire planet is wrong (and if you work the numbers out you’d think that God would be pretty hacked off with so many non-believers, but there you go), so I may not have this right, is that Islam lacks a central dictate in, say, the same way that The Pope is to my religion. Therefore, ‘The Word’ is open to interpretation, and each like to take their own out of it, and act upon it accordingly.

    Whereas, I have The Pope at the top, and his word goes. There’s no one above him, apart from God himself. There’s no interpretation. Or, at least that’s how I interpret it.

    Politics & religon are (and have been) the source of too much trouble. I wish we could just play games and get along.

  17. #17 by Glitch on October 19th, 2008

    Okay, if we have to out ourselves then here goes:
    I am an atheist, though if you press me hard enough on the subject I might turn into a sceptical agnostic. So what I know about religion is only bits and pieces that I have picked up here and there. But I find the subject very interesting.

    @Bazza: I think you got it right, if my theory about the trivialization of the Muslim God’s words. Although some Islamic groups, like the Taleban, disproves of music, I think that singing something for the Qu’ran might be perceived as some kind of prayer, while having it sung in for instance a video game makes the words and sentences trivial and mundane. And since the words in the Qu’ran comes from God, the very words and sentences therein a decidedly holy.

    But as I said, it’s just a private theory based on assumptions.

    Bazza, I also think you are right in your description of Islam lacking a central dictater (Hmm…), thus leavng the religion open to anybody for interpretation. But isn’t that more or less the same thing with the Protestant branch of Chrstianity. Priests preaches, but it is up to each and everyone to interpret the Bible (or at least the New Testament).

    But haven’t we strayed a bit from the subject? I’ll try to get back on track:

    This whole thing with the delay of Little Big Planet has not (and I repeat: not) changed my mind about buying the game on day one. I have not preordered the game, which I never do woth games, but I will definitely go to at store to buy the game once it is released in my country.

  18. #18 by John on October 20th, 2008

    I long for the day when humanity will finally have grown up and be free from gods and religions.

  19. #19 by ehandlr on October 21st, 2008 [ 44542 Points ]

    It comes down to one thing….FREE PRESS! I bet despite the cost of reprinting…Sony is loving this. Its on the news…its in the newspapers…its on every single forum out there.

    This will undoubtedly sell games and expect a “LBP Hot Coffee” when the track is discovered.


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