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Sorry if this is in the wrong section, I'm new to the forums.
I am a hobbiest game designer and am working on a game that involves gods from various parts of the world and would like some advice on what steps I should take to avoid offending anyone.
There was a game called Smite that came out and had Hindu gods in it that led to an uproar in their community when Kali was a playable character.
Long story short, the developers were accused of committing a "Porno-fication" of the god as she was designed topless with a neckless of skulls covering her breasts. The developers stated that they were wanting to depict her as she was according to the religion, but went ahead with a redesign and made her clothes more modest.
To avoid such issues the first step I would like to take is to avoid using any god that is part of a commonly practiced religion.
The next step I am taking is that I am only using vilified gods (the gods will be the antagonists in my game).
I do worry though that although someone does not actually believe in the gods depicted that it may be seen as disrespectful or tone deaf to their culture, and would love some input on how to avoid that. My intent is to have a celebration of different cultures in the game, not to make a caricature of them.
Edit: Oh, and for reference these are the current gods I am considering:
Medusa - Greek Mythology
Izanami - Japanese Mythology
Fenrir - Nordic Mythology
Sobek - Egyptian Mythology
Xing Tian - Chinese Mythology
Ah Puch - Mayan Mythology
Pele - Polynesian Mythology
Chernobog - Slavic Mythology
I tried to offer a mix of male and female gods, as well as a selection that represents a diverse selection of cultures. I wouldn't mind including an North American god or an African god, but am not educated enough on any of the regions' mythologies.