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Valve refunds gamer due to BioShock Infinite's religious content

by John Keefer, Apr 16, 2013 3:00pm PDT

Players are forced to make choices in games all the time, and most of the time those choices have little bearing on one's personal life. But what if a portion of a game went against your religious beliefs? Apparently one person felt so strongly about a certain part in BioShock Infinite that they returned the game.

Warning: Spoilers follow.

The scene takes place in the beginning of the game. Protagonist Booker DeWitt is set to enter the floating city of Columbia and is "forced" to partake in a baptism. "As baptism of the Holy spirit is at the center of Christianity--of which I am a devout believer--I am basically being forced to make a choice between committing extreme blasphemy by my actions in choosing to accept this 'choice' or forced to quit playing the game before it even really starts," Breen Malmberg told Kotaku. "Of course I cannot hold true to my beliefs and also commit this act, so I am therefore forced to not play the game."

After complaining to Valve, he received a refund.

"The difference here 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," he said, pointing to Modern Warfare 2's No Russian level, which can be skipped.





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