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20Oct/082

Early copies of LittleBigPlanet sell on eBay for up to $350. Why?!

LittleBigPlanet on eBay

LittleBigPlanet on eBay: $350!?

I'm desperate to get my own hands on LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 3, and the recent recall due to Quran references has made it an even harder wait since it now won't be released until October 27th in North America.

However, I'm not desperate enough to pay $350 for a copy of the game on eBay like a user by the eBay alias johnald214 did just to get it a week early.  Granted, I'm sure there is some kind of a "collectible" draw to it, but is it worth nearly $300 so you can hear two lines from the Muslim Holy Book in a song?!

Granted, he's not the only one that paid the price to be able to play the game early, as other auctions closed at $202.50, $183.68, $175.00, $152.50, $139.50, $130.00, $120.00...

On a side note, I was on YouTube looking at levels and came across someone that actually made a fully functional calculator "level" in the Beta for LBP:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiRgYBHoAoU[/youtube]

If you just can't wait another week, run off to eBay and within a week your "collectable" copy of the game will arrive at your doorstop just as everyone else gets home from Wal-Mart with their normal, and much cheaper version.  What's your take?

18Oct/080

LittleBigPlanet release pushed back to Oct 27, 2008

This will be pretty dissapointing if you have been patiently waiting for PlayStation 3's LittleBigPlanet (like I have):

LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet: Delayed Oct 27th, 2008 (NA)

Sony has officially pushed back the North American release date for LittleBigPlanet to October 27th, 2008 because someone on their forum says they found what is apparently lyrics in one of the licensed songs that are actually passages in the Quran.

According to the poster, Solid_08, "Muslims consider the mixing of music and words from our Holy Quran deeply offending.".

Here is a copy I found of the original post that caused Sony to delay the game:

To: Sony Computer Entertainment & Media Molecule

While playing your latest game, "LittleBigPlanet" in the first level of the third world in the game (titled "Swinging Safari":smileywink:, I have noticed something strange in the lyrics of the music track of the level. When I listened carefully, I was surprised to hear some very familiar Arabic words from the Quran. You can listen to part of the track here:

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The words are:

1- In the 18th second: "?? ??? ????? ?????" ("kollo nafsin tha'iqatol mawt", literally: 'Every soul shall have the taste of death').

2- Almost immediately after, in the 27th second: "?? ?? ????? ???" ("kollo man alaiha fan", literally: 'All that is on earth will perish').

I asked many of my friends online and offline and they heard the exact same thing that I heard easily when I played that part of the track. Certain Arabic hardcore gaming forums are already discussing this, so we decided to take action by emailing you before this spreads to mainstream attention.

We Muslims consider the mixing of music and words from our Holy Quran deeply offending. We hope you would remove that track from the game immediately via an online patch, and make sure that all future shipments of the game disk do not contain it.

We would also like to mention that this isn't the first time something like this happened in videogames. Nintendo's 1998 hit "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" contained a musical track with islamic phrases, but it was removed in later shipments of the game after Nintendo was contacted by Muslim organizations. Last year, Capcom's "Zack & Wiki" and Activision's "Call of Duty 4" also contained objectionable material offensive to Muslims that was spotted before the release of the final games, and both companies thankfully removed the content.

We hope you act immediately to avoid any confusion and unnecessary controversy, and we thank you for making such an amazing game.

Regards,

yasser
psn id : solid08

Sources:  Sony's Blog, 1Up, Original Thread (Cache)