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Capcom in trouble again, forced to remove Islamic phrase from Zack and Wiki

6:33 PM on 08.01.2007 // Earnest Cavalli

According to this GamePolitics article, Capcom's racial insensitivity isn't focused solely on African villagers. Nay, the House of Mega Man is truly an equal opportunity offender (assuming you aren't caucazoid). Unlike the Resident Evil 5 issue though, the matter of Capcom vs the most controversial religious group in our modern world seems to have been settled.

Hit the jump for an explanation of what the hell I'm on about, and the most carefully worded post I have ever written.

On the surface, Capcom's upcoming Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure is an adorable adventure capitalizing on the company's long history of marketable characters and fun gameplay, but to the trained ears of some, it's an affront to the Muslim faith.

As you can (possibly) hear from the video embedded above, certain native villagers within the game utter the words "Allahu akbar", an Islamic phrase meaning "God is most great".  Obviously, the use of such a phrase by fictional savages in a video game is horribly offensive to those of the Muslim faith, and according to a press release from the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Capcom has been browbeaten into removing the phrase from the title.

Normally there would be a joke here, but anything short of copying the ingredients list off of a can of Spaggheti-Os will probably offend some ethno-religious group somewhere, and even in writing that last line, I've probably already offended the National Institute for the Protection of Sensitive Italian Stereotypes. 

I'm going to go check my bed for equine heads now. Those filthy Itals have a habit of horribly violent solutions to seemingly common problems (but damn if they can't make a fantastic ravioli).




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