A handful of progressive Christian organizations have called for a boycott of Left Behind Games' first title, 'Left Behind: Eternal Forces'. These groups cite the game's manual and in game-tutorial, stating the game promotes the killing of non-Christians and wrong-Christians, warns gamers that activists are "wolves in sheep's clothing", and suggests that those who seek world peace are actually in cahoots with the Antichrist.
Left Behind Games CEO Troy Lyndon defended the game by stating, "Those throwing rocks at our game simply haven't played it through. There is no 'convert or die' in the game. There is no blood, gore or gratuitous violence of any kind. … Left Behind Games' desire is to have a positive impact on an industry that traditionally has had a dark influence on gamers and the world."
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While I normally reserve judgement for games I haven't played, something about Lyndon's response gets under my skin. First, in defending his game, he puts down the entire video game industry. A dark influence on gamers and the world? This comment comes, of course, after he blames critics of making accusations without playing through the entire game. It makes me wonder if a certain someone has a log in their eye.
Then, of course, is the use of the word "gratuitous" in defense of the violence found in the game. Lyndon uses it here, and it was used in early press releases, stating the game's violence is not "gratuitous" because it lacks blood and gore. However, one really has nothing to do with the other, and "gratuitous" is really a tricky word. It means "unnecessary" or "unwarranted". So, when Lyndon says there's no unnecessary violence in the game, one must wonder what is necessary violence in a Christian game.
Again, I haven't played the game, and just because the company's CEO seems lame doesn't mean the game is bad. I do know, however, that I disagree with the premise of the Left Behind
books. But, many who read those books and take them to be truth find Harry Potter to be evil. And, interestingly enough, both series of books have a series of video games supporting them. To each their own.