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Hitman 2 Backlash

The SikhNet News' Hitman 2 Video Petition (thanks Computer and Video Games) looks to inspire a recall of Hitman 2. Here's the deal: "SikhNet has partnered with thirty-five Sikh organizations around the globe to demand that video game publisher, Eidos Interactive, recall one of its games from the market. The game, Hitman 2, incites racism and hatred against Sikhs and Dalits by linking them to terrorism. The game glorifies violence against Sikhs within a Gurdwara that looks like the Harmander Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, while Dalits are portrayed as followers of an evil cult leader, according to a vivid description that was recently removed by Eidos from its web site."

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64. Re: The Point Oct 30, 2002, 13:25 wodaysyrup
 
You have friends that were at the Golden Temple in 1984 when it was attacked that play Hitman2? I'd like to meet them or at least know their names.

Main Entry: supĚpress
Pronunciation: s&-'pres
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere, from sub- + premere to press -- more at PRESS
Date: 14th century
1 : to put down by authority or force : SUBDUE
2 : to keep from public knowledge: as a : to keep secret b : to stop or prohibit the publication or revelation of
3 a : to exclude from consciousness b : to keep from giving vent to : CHECK
4 obsolete : to press down
5 a : to restrain from a usual course or action <suppress a cough> b : to inhibit the growth or development of
6 : to inhibit the genetic expression of <suppress a mutation>

Exactly what authority or force is being imposed on Eidos?

Regardless, the point is moot. People get upset about stuff sometimes, who are we to judge either way? The best course of action is to understand why its happening.

The reason Sikh-Americans are "hypersensative" is because of all the hassles that they have to go through, especially after 9-11.

We all know about Judaism and Christianity, but how much do we know about Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, or Hinduism? The point is that stuff like this perpetuates stereotyping and as a community that the rest of America knows nothing about, anything that portrays them negatively is of course going to have a reaction like this.

You want people to stop complaining? Go learn about them. Go learn about why they have long hair and wear turbans. Go learn about why they carry "knives." You see a guy on the street wearing a turban, ask him why. After you do all this, go to the next PTA meeting in your town and tell them to put an accurate view of Sikhism in the curriculum.

http://www.sikhs.org is a great resource on Sikhism.

 
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