Favela map returns to Modern Warfare 2

Multiplayer venue that perturbed some Muslim gamers for its use of holy writings in a bathroom playable again on PS3; no word on other platforms.

The Favela map for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has returned. MP1st reports that a new 17MB update for the PlayStation 3 version of the game has brought back the controversial multiplayer venue. It is not clear when the update will roll out for the Xbox 360 or PC.

Favela's new form. Image credit: MP1st

Earlier this month, a Muslim gamer pointed out in a video that two paintings were hung in the map's bathroom that feature a quote from the Muslim prophet Muhammad, which reads "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty." He explained that it is forbidden for Islamic holy teachings to be featured in bathrooms and sought an apology from Infinity Ward, as well as the removal of the content.

Infinity Ward parent company Activision did apologize and thanked the user for bringing the matter to its attention.

As evidenced in the paintings above, both picture frames have been edited. They no longer display the religious text, but rather have been blackened to display nothing at all.

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175 comments
kyle756
kyle756

Congratulations, you successfully removed a very minute accidental slogan in a game map, meanwhile the Japanese have an entire animation industry dedicated to bastardizing christian imagery (I'm looking at you Neon Genesis) for profit but do we give a damn?, Hellz no, give us more Jesus robots!!!!

Alex323
Alex323

On the real though who the fuck still plays MW2 and carefully analyzes the frames in the maps... seems like whoever did that has no life.

SalahDinThe2nD
SalahDinThe2nD

I do not know what is up with those people who angry for removing ? most of them may not even play this game right now. So what is the problem?

 

let someone doubts the holocaust and say what will happen then

CIA_BOSS
CIA_BOSS

Wow! A lot of ppl r fighting here and insulting each other’s religion. First of all, I saw the video and there were some paintings but the quote only written on the two paintings that were in the bathroom, which means Activision 100% know what that means and meant to put it in order to insult Islam and at the same time they want to take money from them, so that why they deleted the quote from the map because if they didn’t do so, they will lose a lot of fans and money because most ppl who play COD r from middle east. So we need everyone to calm down & stop fighting, each group of ppl has their belief. And of course it is wrong to make a movie which insults Prophet Mohammed or other religions, and at the same time it is so wrong to riot or kill other ppl because of a silly movie (and this is against the real belief of Islam)

tightwad34
tightwad34

Good, don't bow down. Never bow down to anyone for anything. I am looking at you suckers who kiss ass to hot bitches, just stop it. Just an example.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I love how pictures in a video game offends this "law abiding" muslim...but the horrid way the muslims in this world treats everyone else seems to go under the radar...abuse towards women and children, kidnapping and killing of civilians, and comlete intollerance of any other faith or belief system NOT their own...F**gots...

torres_unix
torres_unix

What are Muslims doing playing a game where some goals includes eliminating targets that are psychotic muslim fundamentalists!?

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Hell I did not even realize that people still even played this game......and who in the world has time to stop and read the bathroom wall? I guess he was camping? Video games should be protected by the 1st Amendment...period end of discussion. We are going to have nothing but problems if this continues....you cant run over a woman in GTA V because of the women activists....you won't be able to have races in games in terror that the race will throw a temper tantrum?? Give me a break from this crap, all these people need to quit thinking they are better then anyone else and get a life for crying out loud.

msfan1289
msfan1289

the new painting should read, " thanks to this stupid moron (name of that stupid person) we ruin fun for everyone, thank you stupid (name of that person)"

 

and then in an other section of the painting have

 

"This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental."

shadow580
shadow580

Great, now I can enjoy staring at paintings in the bathroom of a video game! It would have been hilarious if the had swapped the text out for something from the Bible. A word would not be spoken.

Rammone-X
Rammone-X

"heckler's veto" in effect.....

mohezaglol
mohezaglol

why you harm the Muslim feelings ?

the muslim dont make or say or do any thing to harm the Christian or Jewish. 

a few weeks ago the americans make a movie that Ridicules the Prophet Muhammed .

and 3 days after this Dogmatic movie france newspapers Published a pics Harnesses from the prophet muhammed .

so why muslims dont make a movie to Ridicules jesus or the prophet Moses ?

because the prophet moses and the prophet Issa are prophets of the god like the prophet muhammed we cant Insult or Ridicules . and to people who say muslims are Terrorist look what americans army and the neto do in Afghanistan they kill mens , womens , and childern in a Trick called fighting Terrorist they dont fight terrorist they have taken Afghanistan as a gold mine Looting its Resources and when they will finished they will say ( we have Conquered  Terrorists ) and western people say ( wow wooooow woooowowow god save america ) .

look at the war made in iraq to fight terrorist and defend the people from weapons of mass of Destruction and when american get into iraq they said ( we were wrong we didnt find weapons of mass Destruction ) but the americans Invasion iraq to steal its oil and steal its money and look now to iraq its become one of the poorest Country in the world after that iraq was one of the rich countries in the world the americans have steal it as Considerable fight terrorist.

i know a lot of you not alot all of you will say bad words to me so thank you .

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

I mean, why not? "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty." was promoting Islam in the game anyway. The Muslim community just got rid off some good advertising for themselves. Instead they got even more people who don't like them now. If you don't like it, don't buy it. End of story.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

 

When i hear about this story all i picture are some crybabies that dont get catered to there every whim.

 

Translated- "WAAAAAA !! YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT WE SAY EVEN IF YOU DONT BELEIVE WHAT IT IS WAAAAAA!! BE POLITICALLY CORRECT WAAAA!! BLAH BLAH B**CH BLAH MOAN B**CH B**CH"

 

(this goes for every group/religion etc, that feels entitled )

 

I know you are supposed to compromise and try to get along, but its little nit picks like this that make me say tough crap, you dont like it dont play it. thats your right dictating to others what is or is not right is not.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

"it is forbidden for Islamic holy teachings to be featured in bathrooms"

 

I bet it's also forbidden to park your horse on the street on the first Saturday of every month that starts with the letter 'A' but skipping leap years.

 

Religion is so outdated.

Zonno
Zonno

Does a little texture change take that long?

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

*weeks later the writings are found in a different place*

 

Activision: *trollface*

torres_unix
torres_unix

Everyone, welcome to the age of fear.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Well, at least gamers get the map back.

billlabowski
billlabowski

Doesn't matter what you do, a fart in the wind would offend those people. Your best bet is to just write them off. They're psycho's anyways...

deon99
deon99

I was wondering where this map was.Ever since i started back playing Modern warfare 2 again a few weeks ago i never went to the Favela map,i was starting to wonder if they had taken it out make DLC for Modern warfare 3.

karinrinkashi
karinrinkashi

@kyle756 OK! If you don't care about having your religion ridiculed than that is not our problem. The guy pointed out that detail to infinity ward in a professional manner. 
Why is that if Christians don't care than Muslims shouldn't either. And i agree that it was a very small detail, and it doesn't bother me. But if it does bother someone than it is none of our business to criticize.

7h3_h4x3r
7h3_h4x3r

 @CIA_BOSS I agree, these frames were the only ones that had that, it can't be coincidence, even if they wanted a designed frame, they knew it looked arabic cuz they made arabic maps as well in iraq i think, so the arabic writing did not match the pictures at all if an arabic themed frame is what they were goin for, say what you want, they knew, or at least the lvl designer knew, maybe the big shots didnt see it but the lvl designer did.

 

96augment
96augment

 @Gravity_Slave Definition of Irony: You complaining about Muslim's "comlete intollerance of any other faith or believe system NOT  their own".

emj8321
emj8321

 @Gravity_SlaveYou got it all wrong, muslims are the victims. There is no abuse towards women nor children and killing of civilians, all those fabrications are for occupation of iraq, read about it on the internet. day by day you will realise that the muslims are the victim. Just give it a time.

MUDDDASSAR
MUDDDASSAR

 @msfan1289 No , this is not the resemblane nor coincidence.It was created intentially,bcoz in muslim world i never see a house with a picture in bathroom having this type of text.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

 @mohezaglol Would Iraq be better if it were still in Sadams back pocket?

It's fair to say the media will spin anything to tell whatever story they like, but all those people pulling his statues down and slappin him with shoes wasn't mocked up, they seemed pretty happy to be done with him...

Also

"a few weeks ago THE AMERICANS"

which ones? or do you mean all of them... because that's a pretty poor generalization... Use that against certain small groups of Muslims can suggest "The Muslims" did some pretty bad things the past few years.

jayjay444
jayjay444

 @mohezaglol What about a small country called scotland?( part of the UK) they want to get away from nato they wont rid of the the nato bases and subs based in scotland and there trying to leave UK for years now and yet u bomb a plane, and Glasgow airport? i suppose there just stupid christians murdering 1000s of your people every day as well then? get a grip.

torres_unix
torres_unix

 @mohezaglol So the idiots in the other side of the world screaming "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" aren't Muslim?  Then what are they, Buddhist?  The idiot (NOT THE AMERICANS) who made that hateful movie wasn't even "American", he was a naturalized citizen from Egypt.  Before you use facts in your discussion, please verify them.  There was another hateful movie a long time ago "The Last Temptation of Christ", I don't remember Christians burning cities down over that movie, and that one was made in Hollywood and released nationwide.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

 @mohezaglol Well iraq/Afghanistan  and the political reasons for that aside, not including our ever so intelli.....PFFF i cant call G. W. Bush that with a straight face, president.

 

Now on to the rest of what you say, yes there was a movie badmouthing Muslims, yes there was a french article making fun of Muslims. You know what else there was ? Christians, Jews, Buddhists Taoists and so many other groups that are made fun of on a daily basis. You know what the difference is between them and Islam in the middle east at the momment ? they did not riot in the streets killing people because someone badmouthed them. You said what if muslims made fun of christians/jews (like they NEVER DO i know right ?) with their own anti christian/jew  film ? NOTHING. There would be some people that would be pissed off and curse, maybe punch a wall or write a stupid letter, but there would not be nation wide rioting and beatings/murder because of it.

 

I dont want to generalize the whole Muslim religion, I have a few close friends that are muslim, they pray and celebrate every holiday, fast etc. You want to know what their reactions were when they knew about that video ? "yeah what ever, you want to play some basketball ?" The Middle east and its populace needs to grow up and stop acting like a little child because they dont get the candy at the cash register or because someone called them a mean name. Its 2012 civilization started in the ME thousands of years ago, ACT LIKE IT.

mohna16
mohna16

 @MW2ismygame 

The same goes for the other side too Quote:

 Translated- "WAAAAAA !! I WANT TO HAVE FUN EVEN IF IT OFFENDS OTHER PEOPLE WAAAAAA!! BE POLITICALLY CORRECT WAAAA!! BLAH BLAH B**CH BLAH MOAN B**CH B**CH"

kyle756
kyle756

@karinrinkashi @kyle756 The first problem is that there is freedom of speech and no one should be forced to do anything based on what they say. The second problem is that with most Christians there isn't any current particular widespread issue with extremism threatening physical violence to everything deemed against them and acting upon those threats. The third and final problem is that there is an active double standard in the US that treats Christians as an open target, even as an atheist I recognize this. The reality is that if a christian called in to complain about something offensive to Christians nothing would be done about it regardless of the fact that they make up the majority of Activision's customer base. Meanwhile, here they are going back to a several year old game and spending thousands of dollars on billable man hours just to make a small change to satisfy a very small minority of their fanbase just for the sake of political correctness, its privileged status not reserved for anyone else, and it is fundamentally unfair. Congratulations are in order however, for you spending the time looking at 2 year old comments to send angry replies to, this is very old news.

AmirLegend23
AmirLegend23

 @torres_unix  @mohezaglol They said that because you guys killed us like at gaza, Israel is killing muslims people, if your mom dead killed by someone, did you mad? bro?

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

 @MW2ismygame  @mohezaglol i'm muslim, and i hardly cared about the movie, or even watched it. But the problem is; what some countries suffer from in the Middle East; poverty and hard lives people live, so they can't be compared to muslims in America who may have better lives.

Rjasper49
Rjasper49

 @MW2ismygame  @mohezaglol Why are people still believing that actually caused riots? That was a distraction that the US government used to avoid releasing the real reasons for the riots.

torres_unix
torres_unix

 @AmirLegend23  @mohezaglol Who!?  We have not killed anyone at Gaza, it's stupid government leaders that we have no control of.  Our country has the ILLUSION of democracy, but that's another subject.  The truth is my family was hunted by communists, so we're pretty much on the same boat my friend.

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

 @torres_unix  @mohezaglol I think, I would prefer saying  that religions are used in politics rather than  that religions are mainly political. But anyway, yes, I know that lots of countries in the world use religions for politics, but that isn't what i was talking about, I was talking about the people you say that say  "Death to America", that is mainly for political reasons not for religion.

torres_unix
torres_unix

 @hellangel_boy  @mohezaglol This issue is political in its entirety, most religions in the world are political in nature.  Look up the word "politics" and tell me what you learn about it.