It isn’t an oversight. Overwatch is drawing world-wide criticism for its distasteful depiction of Hindu Goddess Kali in its popular video game.
Blizzard, which is notoriously famous for its over sexualised characters, has this time given “Devi Skin” for Symmetra.
“Apparently it is offensive and belittles the Hindu deity Kali,” TechTree opined. Hindu leader Rajan Zed has voiced his displeasure at the “trivialized” depiction of “the highly revered goddess.”
— Hari (@_har1_) July 18, 2016
According to Zed, “controlling and manipulating Devi with a joystick/ button/keyboard/mouse was denigration. Devi was meant to be worshiped in temples and home shrines and not to be reduced to just a character in a video game to be used in combat in the virtual battleground.”
“Blizzard, or any Western game company for that matter, will tread lightly when it comes to the Christian faith, and they’d rather not venture near the Muslim faith for fear of retribution. Why should other religions be treated with less respect? If anything, I think it’s rather cool that we can get to play as characters from Indian mythos. Why should Poseidon and Raa have all the fun?” First Post criticized the “Devi Skin.” Zed has urged Blizzard Entertainment CEO Michael Morhaime to take down the “Devi” skin from its popular first-person shooter game.
“In a video game set-up, the player controlled the movements of Devi, while in reality the devotees put the destinies of themselves in the hands of their goddesses. Moreover, Devi and its movements depicted in Overwatch did not match with characterization of the goddesses in the scriptures,” said Zed.