One of the most anticipated games for the Playstation 3 , LittleBigPlanet, was scheduled for release on October 21st. Many retailers have already received their allotments with “do not sell” packing and agreements. This week it was discovered an ambient music track on one level has a couple of lines from the Qu’ran, which is apparently blasphemous. In response, Sony has issued a worldwide recall and moved the release date to November 4th. Nevermind that the Playstation 3 is fully capable of patching the game. They could offer a mail in program or something, but to recall millions of ready to sell discs is overkill.
More coverage on Kotaku, along with a copy of the email that started it all. To be fair, Muslims aren’t up in arms, yet. This is a preemptive move by Sony to save market share. A week delay isn’t going to kill anyone, except maybe Sony’s balance sheet, but the point is it shouldn’t have to be done.
ETA: You can hear the the track “Tapha Niang” by Toumani Diabaté in this youtube clip. It’s pretty catchy, I can see why they included it for LBP.
Sure Spore has been taking a beating on Amazon for it’s draconian DRM. Sure the game play is both ridiculously too complicated for the casuals, and tediously repetitive and shallow to the hardcores. But hey, Dancing Jesus on a crucifix! If somebody can find the Sporepedia entry, please mail it to us. I must have it. For cathartic purposes.
FYI, the best part is really in the Spore Creature Creator, and for $10 at that.