Microsoft makes me giggle

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : August 28, 2004

I was reading a CNet article (which you should definitely check out) about some of Microsoft’s multicultural blunders when I stumbled upon these sentences:

Another social blunder from Microsoft saw chanting of the Koran used as a soundtrack for a computer game and led to great offence to the Saudi Arabia government. The company later issued a new version of the game without the chanting, while keeping the previous editions in circulation because U.S. staff thought the slip wouldn’t be spotted, but the Saudi government banned the game and demanded an apology. Microsoft then withdrew the game.

The software giant managed to further offend the Saudis by creating another game in which Muslim warriors turned churches into mosques. That game was also withdrawn.


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