A concerned gamer has been refunded by Valve following a complaint that he found Bioshock: Infinite to be blasphemous.
Breen Malmberg, a devoted Christian, wrote a letter to Valve, explaining that the specific baptism scene in the opening sequences of Bioshock: Infinite caused a moral dilemma for him.
“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,” said Malmberg. “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.”
Malmberg said that he requires a refund because the scene in the game goes against his religious beliefs, and what’s worse is that he had no choice in the matter.
The distraught gamer compared the scenario to that of the offensive “No Russian” sequence in Modern Warfare 2, but the difference being that Infinity Ward warned gamers before-hand, and allowed users to skip the level if it was too offensive.
“I wish to return/exchange this game (Bioshock Infinite) for steam credit or refund on the grounds that I cannot play it,” proclaimed Malmberg.
Valve reportedly refunded Malmberg for his purchase.
Other gamers expressed their views on Twitter regarding the complaint, with many of them saying it was relevant to the game, while some overlooked it completely.
For those of you who have played the sequence, what do you think? Have you ever experienced an in-game moment which went against your religious beliefs?
If you want to see the baptism sequence, check out the video below (it’s in the beginning of the game, but obviously spoilers ensue).