So, the designer deliberately makes a game featuring Muhammad, Jesus et al, and a few papers, like the Metro, get on the phone to some religious "representatives" who are all to happy to explain just how offended they are by it all. And what are we left with - a perfectly designed controversy in which everybody involved is a winner. The games designer gets his publicity, as do the religious groups invited to comment, and the newspaper's story spreads around the web, helped in no small part by bloggers like me who want to hold forth on the stupidity of it all.
Pretty tiresome, I'm sure you'll agree. Although some credit has to go to the designer for his brazen attempt to claim that a) he isn't just doing it to piss people off, and b) that behind the game there is some sort of profound lesson to be learned:
This game is not intended to be offensive towards any religion in particular. Its aim is to push the gamers to reflect on how the religions and sacred representations are often instrumentally used to fuel or justify conflicts between nations and people.
The game contains a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. If you feel that such a depiction would be offensive, we ask that you play the censored version of the game in which the character's face has been removed. Or better yet, don't play the game at all.