Christian gamer demands refund for BioShock: Infinite from Valve
BioShock: Infinite has its fair share of religious themes and overtones, and one Christian has gone so far as to ask Valve for a full refund of the game since he believed it challenged certain aspects of his faith, including the fundamentals of baptism.
One devout Christian gamer, Breen Malmberg, has recently found issue with BioShock: Infinite's religious themes; specifically the game's particular usage of baptism.
The Christian gamer was offended at one of the initial sequences of the game, where Booker De Witt, the game's protagonist, must be baptised in order to enter Columbia.
Malmberg's disdain became evident when he wrote a letter to Valve asking for a full refund of his purchase via Steam, where he equated the game's baptism scene as "extremely blasphemous".
Below you can see Malmberg's letter in full:
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 therefore 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 (http://www.destructoid.com/modern-warfare…). 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.
"The difference here," Malmberg said during an interview with Kotaku, "is that you are forced to make a decision that violates those beliefs in order to continue with the game – which is not something I have run into very often."