Valve reportedly refunds BioShock Infinite customer's money following a religious complaint
In a letter to Valve (which can be read in full on Kotaku), Breen Malmberg, a self-described Christian, voiced his objection to the scene, in which players have no choice but to accept a preacher’s offer of baptism in order to enter the city of Columbia. According to Malmberg, this scene is an “extreme blasphemy.”
"As baptism of the Holy spirit is at the center of Christianity — of which I am a devout believer — I am basically being forced to make a choice between committing extreme blasphemy by my actions in choosing to accept this 'choice' or forced to quit playing the game before it even really starts,” Malmberg told Kotaku.
He used, for comparison, “No Russian”, the controversial Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 level that had players going undercover with a group of terrorists and watching as they massacre innocent people in a Russian airport. Due to its nature, players were given the option to skip it without penalty if they wanted to.
As BioShock Infinite lacked such a choice, Malmberg requested a refund of store credit from Valve, which he reportedly received. This goes against Valve’s Steam Refund Policy, which only refunds “games purchased during a pre-order period if the request is received prior to the games' release date,” suggesting that the circumstances of Malmberg’s request were quite out of the ordinary.
Personally, I’m not really big on Infinite’s pseudo-Christian elements, the baptism scene included. But that’s just me. What about you guys? Do you object to the scene, or do you not really care? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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