A couple of days ago, a mother flipped out when she heard (or thought she heard) the DS game she got her daughter as a reward exclaim “Islam is the Light,” the same thing she had heard another daughter’s baby doll say only months before.
Now, the publisher of Baby Pals (succinctly described by some as “Nintendogs with babies”) has come forward with a response to the allegations.
In creating the Nintendo DS game “Baby Pals”, the game developer Brain Toys / InXile used sounds files to simulate the life like baby noises and babbling. The sounds are publicly available for license. It is a recording of a 5 month old baby babbling non-intelligible phrases. In over 200 hours of testing the product, no recognizable English words or phrases were discernable.
The sound in question of this babble may sound like the words night, right or light, but it is only coincidence as the baby recorded was too young to pronounce these words let alone a whole grammatically correct phrase.
We at Crave Entertainment and InXile regret that there was any misinterpretation of the baby noises and in no way have intentionally put any words or phrases into the baby sounds.
We hope this eases any concerns and fans continue to enjoy playing the game. — Doug Panter, Crave Marketing Director, to GamePolitics
So, as some had suspected, it was indeed licensed babble, which explains why the “exact same thing” was heard in the Mattel doll.
But remember, lady, just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.