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Monday, October 05, 2009

And only a day late...

Despite my current devout atheism, I was raised Christian and, as such, have had plenty of exposure to doctrine. I also had a lot of friends who were Christian and many of them, unlike myself, had a Nintendo.* As a result of this particular confluence of characteristics some of them had access to that most dreaded of entities: the religious video game.

The thing about religious video games is that they tended to be a lot like educational games: in the middle of he heavy "action" they would force you to take time out and answer questions about Jesus or multiplication or phonics or whatever subject the title was pushing. And no matter how hard they tried, they just never seemed to be able to integrate this into the flow of the game. I don't play educational games anymore,** but have to think that modern game engines may be capable of more seamless integration of education with gameplay. Even so, I have memories of going to the houses of friends and playing whatever lame Christian title their mom or dad had foisted off on them for a holiday.

Now, some of you may have never had this experience and I really feel like you're missing out. Fortunately, then, I've just discovered that you can play many of these "excellent" and "classic" games online! Seriously! Wisdom Tree Games has established an arcade where you can play such titles as Spiritual Warfare, the game of violent opposition to other faiths, and Bible Buffet, the game of eating your way to Jesus, just to name a few. Seriously, they have quite a selection:

And, as long as we're on the subject, what the hell is that guy on the cover of "Spiritual Warfare" wearing?

That just has to be a marketing mistake. No good Christian would ever want their child to turn out as some kind of freaky dresser like that, would they?

Ahem. Then again...

Anyway, today take just a little time and enjoy playing these games, where your good Christian character is apparently also a closet cross-dresser. For Jesus.

Seriously, what could be better?***

* In retrospect, I am pleased by this inequality as it helped ensure that I became a PC-gamer rather than a console gamer. Or, as I like to refer to console gamers, "Those people."

** Not completely true, actually! I rather love Left4Dead and feel it's preparing me for an eventual zombie apocalypse quite nicely. On a related note: if I organized a Total Drek Left4Dead night, would anyone want to play?

*** Answer: Damn near anything.

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Blogger Jason kielbasa said...

Just got Left4dead would be down.
elgoososixsixsix is my tag.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 8:36:00 PM  

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