Player offended by the forced baptism of Bioshock Infinite gets refund

19 Apr

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Seems like not everyone is enjoying Bioshock Infinite. This is the case of Breen Malmberg, gamer and devoted Christian.

The problem is the forced baptism that occurs in the very first section of the Irrational Games’ masterpiece, when the players are almost drowned to accept Columbia’s religion. Malmberg said that basically the game was forcing him to choose between committing an extreme blasphemy (taking another religion’s baptism) and quitting the game, as there’s no way to skip the section. So he decided to quit and to send a detailed mail to Valve (from where he bought the game through Steam) stating his reasons and asking for a full refund. Here’s the letter:

“I wish to return/exchange this game (Bioshock Infinite) for steam credit or refund on the grounds that I cannot play it.

I cannot play it because at the very beginning of the game there is a section of the game that is so offensive to my religious beliefs that I cannot proceed with it any further. I did not know this section of the game was there and had no way of knowing it was there before-hand as it was not shown in any trailers, previews, screenshots or other marketing material.

The player is forced to make a choice which amounts to extreme blasphemy in my religion (Christianity) in order to proceed any further – and am therefor forced (in good conscience) to quit playing and not able to experience approx. 99% of the content in the game.

There is no option to turn this particular content off or to bypass or skip it in any way. In Modern Warfare 2, they at least allowed you to skip a particularly offensive level. This is the same sort of thing for me, but there is no way to skip it in this case.

Please issue a full refund or store credit in the amount of the price of the game (Bioshock Infinite) as I had no idea that I would not be able to play this game before I bought it.

If you need further convincing, I will use the analogy that if you were a muslem, it would be like forcing the player into an in-game action of “press x to spit on the face of allah” in order to proceed any further with the game and with no choice or way around doing so.

I apologize for the potentially misleading choice of category for this request, but you do not have a category I can choose that accurately fits my needs.

Thank you”

According to the player himself, he has been fully refunded by Valve.

We can (kinda) understand his point of view, but we also think that video games are fictional media, and this is a bit exaggerated.

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