Capcom loses Zack & Wiki's religion

Capcom's Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure is an adventure game for the Nintendo Wii that follows a young boy and his magical pet as they travel through several fantasy worlds, solving puzzles and acquiring prizes. About as inoffensive as it comes, right? Not so, it would seem, as the...

Capcom's Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure is an adventure game for the Nintendo Wii that follows a young boy and his magical pet as they travel through several fantasy worlds, solving puzzles and acquiring prizes. About as inoffensive as it comes, right? Not so, it would seem, as the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced today that it has successfully petitioned Capcom to edit a portion of the game it found offensive.

CAIR had asked Capcom to remove the common Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar"--which translates to "God is most great"--from the game. CAIR did not say how the phrase was used in the game or why it found the phrase offensive. However, it did note that it is one of the most commonly used religious statements uttered by Muslims and is used often in daily Islamic prayers.

Responding to CAIR's inquiry, a Capcom spokesperson stated, "The phrase has been removed from the game and will not be heard in future videos released to the public."

For more on Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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ya1theman
ya1theman

all those flaming islam need to calm down. I can't believe your cursing the religion just because they asked for a phrase to be removed. If it was a game a war game with say al Qaeda at war then far enough, but its a fraggiong kids games - the phrase isn't necessary. Think before you all start hating islam. If you studied Islam properly tou would understand the religion better, instead of sitting on ur ass listening to the media.

InfernoLink
InfernoLink

Capcom was probably worried about making them mad and then having them explode in their buildings.

theKSMM
theKSMM

How is not wanting to offend someone unnecessarily a violation of anyone's Free Speech? I really think most people don't know what that expression truly means. Capcom obviously believed that they could tell their story just as well without the use of the phrase. And they also believed that it made better business sense than fighting a meaningless because-we-can battle. As usual, capitalism wins. Just because something doesn't offend you doesn't mean that it's not offensive or that it's worth defending.

galduke
galduke

I'm sure somebody must have mentioned this, as I find it impossible not to, but will CAIR target Stat Wars games next if they have admiral Ackbar in them? Maybe if they name a star destroyer Israel they'll overlook it.

crimsonfish
crimsonfish

once again religion rears it's ignorent head, monotheism is the illness of humanity

Me2NiK
Me2NiK

Am I the only one who lol'd at the absolutely hilarious REM reference?

topraman517
topraman517

@Funkyhamster- no, it should not have been removed. No matter how tasteless it was. Unless someone makes an Amendment to the Constitution saying that everything offensive should be censored in America. Do you really want that?

topraman517
topraman517

This, my friends, is called appeasement. The company is afraid of some extremist reaction, therefore they succumb to the organisation's demands. Next, you will have some other religous group offended at something else, and the company will find it only fair to appease them as well. Americans, say goodbye to the freedoms we currently take for granted. If anyone watched the Cartoon Wars episodes of South Park, then you have a good idea of what I'm talking about here. Heck, if anyone knows anything about the origins of World War II, you know what I'm talking about.

Dazanos
Dazanos

I guess it really depends on the context of how the phrase was used. I don't think there's really enough information there to make a fair judgement on CAIR's motives.

TheC0m1ssar
TheC0m1ssar

Religion just needs to CALM DOWN. Gosh, it's just a phrase, it's not the end of the world.

Berezov
Berezov

Muslims complain about Allahu akbar been in a children's game, the rest complain about suicide bombings and taking innocents lives... the gap between the two just doesn't quite seem small enough...

mamodoking
mamodoking

What a wonderful, peaceful world this would be if there was no religion.

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Capcom just said, "okay", but why was it considered offensive? I could see if the Catholic church or something objected to an Islamic statement, but why did CAIR take offense?

dekasuperlink
dekasuperlink

I like Zack and Wiki, and I agree with Mrunkowniss. I still remember the Pope speech and the Denmark cartoons. Are they going to burn down the Capcom offices if they don't?

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Religion: A way of faith and belief, or a psychotic reaction to the BS these people were fed as children. You decide.

Asurael
Asurael

Its weird how these censorships are for the btter of us players when we dont even care one way or the other, most the time we prefer the uncensored versions. Whats wrong with a little bit of offense anyway, a bit of turmoil is always good IMO.

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

Here we go again Political Correctness bending over and taking one for the team for religion again this crap is getting old really fast if Muslim's get there way all the time then that means the rest of the religions should get the same treatment right ? Personally I couldn't care ether way ppl who believe in religion are weak minded and can't think for them self's When will the madness of PC and Religion end ???

rwnummelin
rwnummelin

This is exactly what ALL religion is like. A bunch of savage like creaters dancing around a pole looking drunk and idiotic. I say again; ALL RELIGION. No religion = NO WARS! And don't give me any crap about islam, christianity, hinduism or whatever is better because it all origins from the same hole and been fighting ever since. You need atleast 2 parts for an argument so shut it. I myself enjoy shooting terrorists in GRAW, police in GTA, monsters in a church in Resistance and stealing relics from buddhist temples in Tomb Raider.

ahj006
ahj006

well CAR has requested and capcom has accepted , if you think that it was a silly issue , then capcom would of have just ignored it,

WWIAB
WWIAB

"religion divides people, spirituality brings them together" yes some guy on Flight of the Phoenix said it but its a good saying next thing they'll do is cut the bit out of Beverly hills cop 2 when Axel Foley says "Allahu Akbar"

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

I swear.. if a videogame offends you somehow, you must not really have that much of a life to tend to. How were they on top of this anyway? Was a random CAIR volunteer bored at work one day and, while marking The Bible Game with a 0.1 score, and happen upon Zack & Wiki.. and, ultimately, the statement used? Honestly, though.. people get offended by the most stupid things. I've seen elements of christianity in games.. my christian friends didn't get uptight. My hispanic girlfriend gunned down the Ganados in re4, she didn't get offended by their presence. Organizations like CAIR, I think, just throw their weight around into issues they don't belong in just to get people to do what they want rather easily (so the other party avoids hassles) and so these organizations can feel big. Like I said though, people are too touchy.. I understand respecting your own religion, but you have to have some humility and tolerance in this day and age of Apu on the Simpsons, shootouts in churches (helo thar Resistance) and kids training demons to do their bidding, ahem, err, I mean Pokemon.

Jurgatha
Jurgatha

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The_Consequence
The_Consequence

I'm still waiting for CAIR to sue christians because they find the bible offensive.

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

oh, and jeromejones Did CAIR force capcom to make a move that is gonna spoil the game in any way? Answer this you filthy scumbags! i will answer ur question, CAIR did not force the removal of the holy phrase now, BUT THEY WOULD HAVE if the capcom had refused and the a-holes are CAIR would not listen to them in the first place... to stop the s*** from hitting the fan, capcom had to comply with CAIR's demands or else CAIR would have ruined their lifes with s***-a** issues like racism and discrimination and s*** like that... so dont u get a big head that there decent muslim people around the world, BECAUSE THERE ARENT THAT MANY!!!! and those who are decent and just managing to stay alive and trying to stay out of the draft of the extremist freaks...

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

jeromejones im a muslim F.Y.I. , i dont need the so-called western media to poison my mind here, for a very long time i have seen what the muslim terrorists are capable of. wat i worry is that the idiots at CAIR are going to poison the simple-minded and the children about the infidelity and evilness of video games and televisions. this article was just the start. and their is 10% probablity that u might find my humor a little bit hilarious once u see that the general pattern of all muslim terrorists are kamikaze freaks. honestly those bum-nuts dont even know how to use a AK-47 if u showed them how...

hjgc5e
hjgc5e

People here say that religious people over react but its the people who are making fun of religion over reacting. People its okay if you disagree with this but try to show some class while disagreeing.

yasirb51
yasirb51

heres a video showing the part ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziV03wLGDnY im a muslim myself n i live in the middle east but i didnt find this UTTERLY offensive but if capcom dont mind removing it its for the best i guess ! :p people here can be too extreme n i was sent forwarded emails that encourage muslims to stop playing GOS OF WAR ! :S i played n finished the forst two parts n cant wait for the third one! :p byet the word isnt offensive but letting a bunch of crazy animals in a silly manner could be kinda offensive ! :p

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

I'm a Muslim and I think CAIR over reacted!

flynsk
flynsk

I wish they had written in which context allah akbar is used. If it's after a kill, I understand their response. Maybe it would have been more constructive to petition to have the context changed to healing or something. That way some american kids (and adults) could get at least a modicum of exposure to Muslim Culture other than the extremists you see on fox news. (And we could all reply "yes he is" when our hearts fill up) :P P.S. I'm not religious, but the last comment was not meant to offend.

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

Haziqonfire - And? Even if the scene was deliberately used as a form of political commentary or, dare I say, even to offend, there's no valid reason for its removal. Then again, I personally feel censorship serves no purpose other than to restrict thought and communication under a flimsy guise of respect or reverence. But apparently, you feel differently, and that's fine. (Oh, and I wouldn't care anymore if --insert whatever faith you think me to have here-- were portrayed in such a manner, either, so no dice on that "perspective" front.)

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

Religious people sure do a lot of complaining, but what do you expect from someone who has already made up their mind that they have the only right answer.

jeromejones
jeromejones

Man some of you people look at islam in such negative manner. cayne_phoenix 'glad to see some muslims are willing to talk about it instead of strapping a bomb onto themselves and making a point then... You lot have the impression we are all a bunch of extremists with turbans and Ak47s chanting 'kill all infidels', Man, that western media is poison.

wargraymon
wargraymon

gee capcom, how many more people you going to offend? so far you got black people, zombies, now islamic. i guess we're not going to see any type of lesbian sim game any time soon

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

i guess using that phrase in a "video game" is offensive... glad to see some muslims are willing to talk about it instead of strapping a bomb onto themselves and making a point then...

milskad
milskad

how the **** is that offensive????!!!! Im muslim and I couldnt give a **** Dumbasss american-islamic thingy!

ctg867
ctg867

****ing hardcore religions, Muslim or otherwise, need to learn to mind their own ****ing business. I just lost respect for Capcom.

pedro_magalhaes
pedro_magalhaes

Well, I don't really care as long as it's not offensive to anyone. We don't know the circumstances in which the sentence is used but if they felt it was offensive then why wouldn't they remove it and make the game enjoyable for everyone? I'm all for that. I'm tired of prejudice in video games and other forms of entertainment.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Hmmm, I never felt like Capcom ever tackled the entire wholesome entertainment market just right, not in the jpoppy way that makes things super cool to even the most hardcore gamer. I'll be surprised if they can pull it off with this game, though, it looks like it's going for for a Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, or Naruto kind of crowd, not one of a Katamari, PaRappa the Rappa, or Loco Roco variety.

Guest_1001
Guest_1001

I don't get the people rabbiting on about "free speech". If the removal of the phrase caused major plot problems, I would be inclined to agree with you. However, it's just a single sentence that has the potential to offend people and Capcom didn't appear to put up any fight against the removal of it. Why does it matter so much to you if it didn't to them?

lostn
lostn

Talk about sensitive... I remember a muslim protester with a sign saying "Behead anyone who calls Islam violent." Oh the irony.

dutch80
dutch80

Homosexuality may be "unnatural" however so is marriage. No one should be monogamous.

dutch80
dutch80

This is not a free speech issue. The first amendment protects speech from GOVERNMENT regulation, among other things. Even if the ESRB had ordered the phrase removed it still wouldn't be censorship since the ESRB is not a government entity. The CAIR has the fundamental right to get offended and express their opinions guaranteed by, get this, the first amendment.

pondarosa
pondarosa

Urm, so they just changed it, just like that? Way to roll over, Capcom. Sheesh. It's doing crap like this that just reaffirms to every idiot out there that whatever they find offensive shouldn't exist anywhere, ever. It only causes trouble for other artists.

Guest_1001
Guest_1001

It's a single sentence being removed. What's everyone's big deal? In fact, the chances are it'll improve sales of the game in Islamic families. Everybody wins.

Relys
Relys

What the ****!

GiganVsCammy
GiganVsCammy

What happened to freedom? What happened to the freedom to love and to hate?

Dark_Emission
Dark_Emission

Just making a point here.....jeromejones...you sir, are a huge assface. Don't call other people scumbags, just because they do not agree with you....That is the essence of this problem....You whine about somethin, expressing your right to have an opinion, but you call other people names, when they disagree with you while exercising exactly the same right....Sounds like double standards to me...Wich, in case you did not notice, is contrary to every democratic principle that exists...Like free speech, equality in justice, etc....

synapticflow
synapticflow

It's only ok for them to offend those who don't share their religion.

jakman2004
jakman2004

it aint a big deal if it's not in the game, bet it doesn't even effect production, but it's a bit extreme. If it effected the project in a big way then i'm sure they wouldn't be so quick to cut it out. Let's not scream at the top of our lungs until our gaming experience is heavily effected.

Lobezno_D
Lobezno_D

I need to know the context of the phrase. Most fantasy games have some kind of religious overtones, so this is not a surprise. I'm just curious as to how it offended.