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Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Purpose Driven Life Takers

More scary crap brought to you by Christian Nationalists. I knew it would not be long before the religious right would embrace violent video games. They condone pro-wrestling, they support an illegitimate war, and they can not get enough war terminology crammed into their church sermons-"spiritual warfare" etc. Now they finally have their own Left Behind Video Game based on the Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins books. This new video game also has the support of Rick Warren author of A Purpose Driven Life. The video game will be passed out in several U.S. mega-churchs, the same market strategy that was used for Warren's book. The game takes place in New York after the "Rapture". As mercenaries for God, players shoot and kill non-evangelicals who refuse to convert while shouting "Praise God!"
For the whole story check out: The Purpose Driven Life Takers (Part 1)
and (Part 2)


At June 01, 2006, Blogger Layman said...

The report is very inaccurate. The game does not have the player try to establish a theocracy or kill people who don’t convert. In fact, you are penalized for killing people, even though Christian forces are fighting against the anti-Christ’s army.

See more about the nature of the game, with quotes from secular reviewers who have actually played it:

At June 02, 2006, Blogger yelling_at_the_radio said...

I'm sorry we disagree. I think your secular reviews do not support your argument and only strengthen talk2action's post. Weather or not you receive points of killing is not what disgusts me. It is the marketing of fundamentalist xenophobic garbage that bothers me.

"Players aren't competing to kill the enemy army -- rather, they're trying to save them, and each person killed represents a failure rather than a success. "We found that adhering closely to Biblical philosophies made the game more interesting rather than less," Lyndon said. "One of the key elements of that is to make sure that the player sees that every life is important and precious."

As you'd expect, you'll be encouraged to do good while playing the game, but you may also do evil, as well. Like many real-time strategy games, Eternal Forces features a variety of resources that you need to accumulate to build units. One of these resources is your spiritual rating, which measures how good or evil you are. If your troops kill civilians and innocents, your spiritual rating drops, and if it drops too much, you may see your units defect (each unit has his or her own spiritual rating), and if drops too far, demons will show up."

This quote does not make me feel any better about the game. Unlike other games, many of Left Behind fans feel the fictional events played out on the video screen will really happen, and look forward to the death and destruction.


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