WWWJC -- What Weapons Would Jesus Choose

pictured above, an actual screenshot from the game

Here's an interesting article on the new "Left Behind" video game. (courtesy of rick p.)

My favorite excerpts:
For Christians, the idea of salvation isn't a game.

Unless, of course, they're talking about "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," a much-anticipated Christian video game in which gamers battle the bad guys with tanks, guns and prayer.


It's been in development for three years, and 40 computer whizzes are honing the game for its release. It includes 500 interactive Manhattan city blocks - "Probably the best representation of New York that's ever been in a video game," Frichner said.

Frichner won't say how much the company has spent creating "Left Behind." But, in an industry where making a top-notch game can cost $10 million or more, Frichner and Co. are banking on "Left Behind" being the best- selling Christian video game ever.


"Left Behind" doesn't hide its Christian message. Gamers playing as the good guys (Command Tribulation Forces) will find that praying before battle increases their chances of success. Scripture-laden scrolls give supernatural boosts. And, because gamers must fill their armies with regular New Yorkers who could just as easily swing to the dark side, there's a lot of virtual evangelization going on, too.


"From the New York Times review: Combines Tom Clancy like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash and biblical references."


This reminds me of the spam I received last week from the "Crusader Christian Financial Group." Why religious organizations continue to highlight the darkest hours of church history in their names and mascots, I just can't understand.

For that matter, I wonder what other nations (especially those we occupy) think of all our highschool mascots that have to do with warlike-barbarian-conquest (Warriors, Norsemen, Vikings, etc...)


don't believe me? Check out the games official site: http://www.leftbehindgames.com/


AnthonyP said...

very thought provoking.

PastorJohn said...

French postmodernists speak of a culture that has become Hyper-real, more real than reality. For example computer generated violence in movies that is more real than actual violence. They warn that simulations could replace the experience of reality with manufacured substitutes. Technology trumps reason, games replace life. Another question is what weapons has Jesus left us to combat digitalized experiences of truth. Is not personal, incarnational truth more important in a digitalized age?
Pastor John

Brock's Bomber said...

Is their online gaming where you can chose your own denomination?

Anonymous said...

Jesus would be so proud of us.


wow. can't wait to buy that one for my preschoolers. i had thought playing outside was a healthier way to teach them about their creator than video games, but that was before i read this article.

Daniel Rudd said...

anthonyp: hmmmm... consider yourself provoked.
pastor john: but they're just "1's" and "0's"!! :)
Lee Webb and the Brocksters: only on thursdays at midnight.
REVJERRY: only if you reach level 9 and kill the liberal newsmedia anchor who is supportin the Carpathian deception.
Onionhater: play outside? Yeah right?!? How are your kids going to learn to kill the bad guys by playing outside??

All: What fun to have comments!! Makes me want to blogmore