Bioshock pays up in blasphemy action

Posted by Nick Farrell

A born-again Christian is claiming a victory after the distributors of the computer game Bioshock refunded his money after he claimed they violated his beliefs.

Halfway through the game you are required to be "baptised" by a preacher and there is no way around it.

Breen Malmberg, a gamer and a Christian, had murdered his way to that point in the game when he had an attack of conscience. After all, Jesus might shoot anything that moves, because Jesus believed in the right to bear arms, but he certainly would not allow himself to be baptised in a rival religion.

He told Kotaku  that baptism of the Holy Spirit was at the centre of Christianity, and he is a devout believer.

Malmberg said that he was basically being forced to make a choice between committing extreme blasphemy by his actions in choosing to accept this 'choice' or forced to quit playing the game before it even really started.

While this moral solution was to stop playing, that was not really enough for Malmberg. What is the point of making a moral choice of such significance if no one but Jesus is going to know that you have done it? Besides he wasted some money on the game, and Jesus is very concerned about money when you are making moral choices.

So he sent Valve a letter explaining the situation, and demanded a refund.

He said that since he was not warned when he bought the game that he would be forced to make such a moral choice he wanted his money back.

"The player is forced to make a choice which amounts to extreme blasphemy in my religion in order to proceed any further - and am therefor forced to quit playing and not able to experience approximately 99 percent of the content in the game," Malmberg wrote.

He claimed that it would be like forcing a muslem (sic) into an in-game action of "press x to spit on the face of allah (sic)" in order to proceed any further with the game.

Needless to say,  Valve paid up rather than getting into a fight which is really not worth it.  The last thing you want is your offices picketed by women with beards wanting to stone you for blasphemy, even if you did say Jehovah.