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MCMC Blocks Entire Steam Store Following God Fighting Game Controversy

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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has taken the unprecedented move of denying access to the entire Steam store, following the discovery of a controversial fighting game involving religious deities.

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It appears that the MCMC has deployed a DNS block to the store.steampowered.com domain, affecting all Malaysians using the TM DNS. Some users trying to access the store on Digi and Maxis have also reported being denied access. (TM-Telekom Malaysia, national telco in Malaysia; Digi, Maxis - mobile service providers)

 

This block may have been the result of a game available on Steam’s Early Access platform called Fight of Gods. It features religious deities such as Odin, Amaterasu, Moses, and Guan Gong in an arcade-style fighting game, but it was the recent additions of characters such as Jesus and Gautama Buddha that raised the eyebrows of the authorities. Fan requests for the Prophet Muhammad to be added in added fuel to the fire.

 

Earlier today, it was reported that the MCMC has contacted Valve and requested that Fight of Gods be geoblocked for Malaysians within the next 24 hours, or risk further action being taken. This DNS block appears to be that action, although it must be said that it’s a rather crude one, as it denies Malaysians from buying any game on the platform.

That said, you still can play games on Steam; only the store has been blocked.

 

Nevertheless, the DNS block can be circumvented by switching to Google DNS. On Windows, this is fairly easily done.

Link: https://www.lowyat.net/2017/140590/mcmc-blocks-entire-steam-store-following-god-fighting-game-controversy/


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2 minutes ago, ZM Fong said:

Nevertheless, the DNS block can be circumvented by switching to Google DNS. On Windows, this is fairly easily done.

it just goes to show how out of the loop some of these organizations really are. People who have no idea how computers work trying to block websites. hilarious.

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2 minutes ago, MeDownYou said:

This is something I'd expect of North Korea. Petty people.

There was a hearing (I think, I'm probably understating the magnitude of the case) in Malaysia because a christian preacher used the word Allah a few years back.

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Just now, Misanthrope said:

Another prime example as to why all governments need to be 100% secular: We can drop the silly superstitions from the policy dictating and tax spending now ok?

And add a tax on religious organizations. That should fix global economy in a couple years.


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I mean if it does break Malaysian law, I don't see it being illegal. Maybe Valve could just block access to the game for Malaysia?


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1 hour ago, Misanthrope said:

Another prime example as to why all governments need to be 100% secular: We can drop the silly superstitions from the policy dictating and tax spending now ok?

Frankly, I'd just rather no religious preference rather than secular. Secular governments can introduce a lot of bullshit to discourage one from religion, and when a government does not and won't particularly take a stance on religion, that's a win/win for everyone.


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Just now, Dan Castellaneta said:

Frankly, I'd just rather no religious preference rather than secular. 

No religious preference is secular. What you describe in

1 minute ago, Dan Castellaneta said:

Secular governments can introduce a lot of bullshit to discourage one from religion, and when a government does not and won't particularly take a stance on religion, that's a win/win for everyone.

is not secular, but more like "atheism as official religion" or something like that.

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Just now, SpaceGhostC2C said:

No religious preference is secular. What you describe in

is not secular, but more like "atheism as official religion" or something like that.

Kinda thought secularism was leaning more towards discouraging religion, kinda like, frankly, North Korea. Extreme example but it's the only one I can think of off the top of my head.


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7 minutes ago, Dan Castellaneta said:

Frankly, I'd just rather no religious preference rather than secular. Secular governments can introduce a lot of bullshit to discourage one from religion, and when a government does not and won't particularly take a stance on religion, that's a win/win for everyone.

1) Secularism is no religious preference from the government and it's institutions

2) Those measures you call BS are actually there to counter balance the far bigger BS from religious people that want to use their faith to do shit like discriminate others like LGBTQ+ people or other less populous religious people from different faiths. You wouldn't need the heavy handed regulations if Jesus freaks weren't hell bent on pushing down Christian dogma in public schools or use religion to obtain political power.

 

So I'm sorry but what you say only works from the point of view or someone who's already pretty non-religious or lives in a fairly secular society already. For places where it's literally illegal to just be who you are if you're gay, yeah very heavy handed restrictions are needed to guarantee equal rights to all.


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Governments should not have a religion.


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6 minutes ago, Dan Castellaneta said:

Kinda thought secularism was leaning more towards discouraging religion, kinda like, frankly, North Korea. Extreme example but it's the only one I can think of off the top of my head.

"Secular" is actually the best term for what you described ;) It basically means "non-religious", not based on religion. For example, Gregorian chant or Gospel are religious music, everything not meant to be played in religious ceremonies qualifies as "secular music" (we are not used to referred to it like that these days, but it kind of mattered in the middle ages :P). Another example: a volunteer to Caritas who is not affiliated to the Catholic Church (i.e., it's not a priest, etc) would be a "secular member", as opposed to I guess an "ordered" member, or something like that.

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5 minutes ago, Misanthrope said:

1) Secularism is no religious preference from the government and it's institutions

2) Those measures you call BS are actually there to counter balance the far bigger BS from religious people that want to use their faith to do shit like discriminate others like LGBTQ+ people or other less populous religious people. You wouldn't need the heavy handed regulations if Jesus freaks weren't hell bent on pushing down Christian dogma in public schools or use religion to obtain political power.

 

So I'm sorry but what you say only works from the point of view or someone who's already pretty non-religious or lives in a fairly secular society already. For places where it's literally illegal to just be who you are if you're gay, yeah very heavy handed restrictions are needed to guarantee equal rights to all.

1. as above, already kinda came to that conclusion with someone else

2. Religion was never shoved down my throat as far back as I remember in public schools (whether that was the case with my parents is a different story). Hell, now that I'm in high school, I meet more edgy idiots who hate religion than vice versa. Maybe I'm not answering your question correctly but I guess my point is that this goes both ways: you have a lot of heavily religious people and you have a lot of heavily anti-religion people. Both of which get grating really fast.

I try to stay away from religion, not because I don't like it but because I have many, many, many questions for both aisles as to what purpose their ideology serves. I guess the best way to describe me would be an agnostic Christian or an agnostic atheist. Meh.


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1 hour ago, emosun said:

it just goes to show how out of the loop some of these organizations really are. People who have no idea how computers work trying to block websites. hilarious.

This also might be malicious compliance on the part of the ISPs.  Doing what they are told so they don't get in trouble, but knowing full well it's like locking a door that has no walls around it.

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5 minutes ago, Dan Castellaneta said:

1. as above, already kinda came to that conclusion with someone else

2. Religion was never shoved down my throat as far back as I remember in public schools (whether that was the case with my parents is a different story). Hell, now that I'm in high school, I meet more edgy idiots who hate religion than vice versa. Maybe I'm not answering your question correctly but I guess my point is that this goes both ways: you have a lot of heavily religious people and you have a lot of heavily anti-religion people. Both of which get grating really fast.

I try to stay away from religion, not because I don't like it but because I have many, many, many questions for both aisles as to what purpose their ideology serves. I guess the best way to describe me would be an agnostic Christian or an agnostic atheist. Meh.

2. As I told you: this is a result of you living in a mostly secular society. We literally had to have a civil war to strip the clergy of their incredible wealth and direct political power. There's many places in the world where religion, state and judiciary are one and the same and dictate your lives in according to the Quran and Hadiths for example. 

 

So I think you're failing to see things from a point of view that is living under an overwhelming, oppressive and directly confrontational majority of religious people with government backing which is why I brought up Secularism.

 

Again strip a statement out of context and put it on your extremely flawed personal experience and of course it looks as if edgy atheist neckbeards are just as bad but they just aren't: They're just a bit of a reactionary tiny movement to what's literally thousands of years of religious oppression. 


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kimak, one game does not go with their beliefs = shut down entire service

 

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12 hours ago, revsilverspine said:

And add a tax on religious organizations. That should fix global economy in a couple years.

Fun fact of the day: The Anglican Church in Sydney, Australia ALONE (just ONE of 7 states) lost 100 million AUD (around 85mil USD) during the GFC.. how fucking much do they have stacked up there? 

 

The Vatican Bank has $8 BILLION dollars in assets. They found 1.2 billion euros off the balance sheets in the 2014-15 financial year, and that's just nothing to them. The US Catholic Church ALONE spent $170b on churches, parishes and schools in ONE YEAR (2010). 

 

Yet why is this NOT TAXED? 'muh religion, muh thinking' In fact, many governments give them money.

 

This is why we need to separate Government and Religion. Leave your fuckin thoughts about the guy in the sky at home, where it belongs. 


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Practicing religion should just be outlawed, in this day in age its a proven falsity and has no legitimate reason to stay around.

 

Oh and you guys realise as soon as a mod comes in here this topic is getting locked up quicker than a copy of Windows Vista trying to run an old printer.


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6 minutes ago, Master Disaster said:

Practicing religion should just be outlawed, in this day in age its a proven falsity and has no legitimate reason to stay around.

 

Oh and you guys realise as soon as a mod comes in here this topic is getting locked up quicker than a copy of Windows Vista trying to run an old printer.

Try saying what you just wrote in a sunday gathering, you will know what true living horror means in the form of persuasive discussions with the many followers.

 

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22 minutes ago, Master Disaster said:

Practicing religion should just be outlawed, in this day in age its a proven falsity and has no legitimate reason to stay around.

 

Oh and you guys realise as soon as a mod comes in here this topic is getting locked up quicker than a copy of Windows Vista trying to run an old printer.

No, it should not be. That kind of thinking is terrible and only leads to problems. People should be allowed to worship all they want, as long as it does not harm anyone and they respect the law and other people's rights. Most religious people couldn't give less of a shit about other religions or non-religious people. You should never desire to strip away freedoms from people unless there is actual, serious, harm being done. However, we do need to stop making excuses for people just because they follow one religion or another.

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13 minutes ago, Derangel said:

No, it should not be. That kind of thinking is terrible and only leads to problems. People should be allowed to worship all they want, as long as it does not harm anyone and they respect the law and other people's rights. Most religious people couldn't give less of a shit about other religions or non-religious people. You should never desire to strip away freedoms from people unless there is actual, serious, harm being done. However, we do need to stop making excuses for people just because they follow one religion or another.

2 things,

 

1) I did not say outlaw religion, I said outlaw practicing religion. People can believe what they like, they just shouldn't be allowed to force their beliefs onto everyone else.

 

2) Religion is, and always has, been responsible for far more harm and wrong doing in the world than its ever done good. Literally billions of people have been slaughtered in the name of whichever god the perpetrators used to justify their actions, wars, famine, physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse (and yes even pedophilia) have all been actioned against innocent believers in the name of god. Religion has done countless and untold damage to the world and anybody who suggests otherwise is naive.

 

Religion was invented by the powerful as a method of controlling the mass population using scare tactics, it has NO reason to still be a thing in this day in age when we have a decent moral code, ethics and a society governed by law and order.

 

I'm not secular, I'm not atheist, I am a scientists and I believe that religion has no place in the modern world and if it disappeared tomorrow the world would be a much better place.


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