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Christian groups upset with 'Left Behind' game

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Posted by Allison on November 30, 2006 7:59 AM
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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.

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It always amazes me that someone feels they are at all qualified to post even a single comment on a game they have not played...

So the guy defending his game 'rubs you the wrong way'? Well, too bad. And where do you get that he's attacking the video game industry? Because he says there's no gratiutious violence? You don't seem to REALLY understand his use of the word past a dictionary defintion so I'll be glad to give you an example... Have you played 'Dead Rising' or any of the Mortal Kombat series? Ok, well, you know how they rip out people's entrails and blood gushes all over the place? THAT is what the game lacks...

Like I said, the fact that you havent even played the game pretty much negates the validity of any of your comments (as most readers of this page will realize) but ragging on the guy for defending his game is just ridiculous. Talk about petty and picking apart, that's you...

It's also ironic how you rag on the guy for a general comment about 'gratitious violence' but yet have no problems lumping together people who play the game or read the series as people who rag on the Harry Potter...

At least your hypocracy is transparent blatent I suppose...




"It always amazes me that someone feels they are at all qualified to post even a single comment on a game they have not played..."

-- I make it quite clear I have never played the game and I do not offer any opinion of the game. What I offer is a critique of Lyndon's response to criticism of the game. However, as someone in the video game industry, I do reserve the right to COMMENT on games I have not played. It's bizarre that you suggest anything else.

"So the guy defending his game 'rubs you the wrong way'? Well, too bad. And where do you get that he's attacking the video game industry?
Because he says there's no gratiutious violence?"

-- Actually, I made that quite clear if you read the next sentence. It was the fact that he called the industry something "that traditionally has had a dark influence on gamers and the world."

That's an attack.

"You don't seem to REALLY understand his use of the word past a dictionary defintion so I'll be glad to give you an example... Have you played 'Dead Rising' or any of the Mortal Kombat series? Ok, well, you know how they rip out people's entrails and blood gushes all over the place? THAT is what the game lacks..."

-- I like taking people at their word. He used "gratuitous", which is completely subjective. That's my point, because a game that promotes the killing of non-Christians or wrong-Christians is a game that I would call unnecessarily (or "gratuitously") violent. Again, I haven't played the game, so I don't know if that's the case. But, if it is, then I think something like causes more violence and hate in the world than "Dead Rising". That's just my opinion. And, again, this was his word. He already used "blood and gore", which he has. But a critique of his word "gratuitous" is completely fitting.

I also wonder if you've played "Dead Rising" or "Mortal Kombat". Sure, they are both violent, but I have to wonder if you're making judgements on games you've never played.

"Like I said, the fact that you havent even played the game pretty much negates the validity of any of your comments (as most readers of this page will realize) but ragging on the guy for defending his game is just ridiculous. Talk about petty and picking apart, that's you..."

-- Again, I'm very clear I haven't played the game, and, because I'm clear on that, and because what I wrote is very benign and "to each their own", I think most people will understand my point. And you should really be clear that I'm not ragging on a guy for defending his game. I was struck by the irony that he accuses people of casting judgement on his game without playing it while making it quite clear that he's made unfair judgement on the industry as a whole by calling it a "dark influence on gamers in the world". Surely you can understand that.

Oh, and thanks for calling me "petty".

"It's also ironic how you rag on the guy for a general comment about 'gratitious violence' but yet have no problems lumping together people who play the game or read the series as people who rag on the Harry Potter..."

-- I fail to see the irony as one has nothing to do with the other. And I didn't "lump together people who play the game or read the series as people who rag on Harry Potter". I state, "But, MANY who read those books and TAKE THEM TO BE TRUTH find Harry Potter to be evil." The "Left Behind" books are fiction. I don't think that all who read them have "Harry Potter" issues. I do think MANY (not all) who believe these books to be as sacred as the Bible are in the same group that believes Harry Potter to be promoting witchcraft. I think that's an entirely accurate statement. Sorry if that offends you.

"At least your hypocracy is transparent blatent I suppose..."

-- The irony, of course, is the hypocrite whom I was speaking of was Troy Lyndon, for reasons explained above. Am I not allowed to point out what I consider to be blatant hypocricy...or is that not allowed because it's a "Christian" topic?

While I'm sure you think you made a really good argument here, you just didn't...because you saw what I wrote as some attack on the game and responded in a very knee jerk reactionary way. I didn't attack the game. And I didn't deserve to be attacked by you for my thoughts.




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