Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society for Hinduism, has made a point of protesting the addition of Hindu deities
to the lineup of Hi-Rez Studios'
upcoming MOBA SMITE
. He's now taking that protest to the next level by appealing directly to the organizers of QuakeCon 2012
, asking that the game to be removed from the competitive lineup due to its offensive usage of religious figures.
Zed asserts once again that making deities (particularly Kali) into characters in a video game hurts the devotees of Hinduism, claiming that Hinduism is the only tradition portrayed by the game that is still active. The Hindu American Foundation has also expressed displeasure at the way the game has handled figures from the religion, although the HAF has also stated that it is working closely with Hi-Rez Studios to ensure that the information contained within the game is at least accurate. The organizers of QuakeCon 2012
have not publicly responded to the request.