Well . . . I am biting my tongue on this one. Let me get your thoughts. (I don’t even know what category to put this in . . . how about “Someone Leave This Behind or Else Leave Me Behind”? . . . OK, bitting tongue again . . . sorry.)

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    6 replies to "Left Behind the Video Game?"

    • disciple

      David Koresh meets Kirk Cameron?!

    • C Michael Patton

      Nice. LOL. I might have to get the game if that is the case.

    • Roland

      Video game-wise, this game isn’t very fun and poorly made. Someone gave it to me for Christmas and I honestly didn’t even play for more than an hour.
      I’d much rather play a so-called “secular” video game (never thought I’d say that) that is high in quality and dig some moral message from it than have to deal with a second-grade game that has “CHRISTIAN GAME” stamped on it.
      Being a Christian doesn’t mean wearing Jesus t-shirts, having an iPod full of Jars of Clay, and playing “Left Behind” the video game.

    • Preacher Jack

      If you follow the game makers argument, since I believe he is out of step with the rest of the body of Christ and I desire to restore him, I can take a broom stick and beat him into submisson.

      It should be ok right? I mean my intentions and motives were for a good purpose.

      I have a question that has just came to mind. Aren’t christians making the same mistake Isreal made when they look arund them at all the cool things those other countries had and then wanted their own version of it?

    • C Michael Patton

      Well, I don’t know. I guess if it were a video game that actually taught stories out of the Bible, that would be cool. I would love for my children to have something like this to play. But, as Roland said, these type of things should be high quality.

      What platform did this come out in?

    • LukeDNix

      Lots of thoughts…

      I must admit, I haven’t played it yet. I have heard that the gameplay stinks, and I don’t tend to like games that “preach” at me. So, most likely, I won’t spend the $40 on it.

      I think this was a really not-thought-out move by some Christians to enter the video game market. In my opinion, they picked the wrong genre to enter. If the reporters are accurate when they describe units killing then praying to “redeem” themselves, the game gives a radically twisted view of our faith. Any any real-time-strategy game should not have a story line tied to Christianity. All these games require the elimination of your opponent. It would only provide a contradiction and further confuse and possibly freak out any person (regardless of age) who does not have a true understanding of Christianity. If this game is embraced by the Christian community, my fear is that critics will use this game and its following as a source to equate Christianity with radical Islam and terrorists.

      It seems to me, that if you wanted to allow your children to play these types of games, let them play the real ones (Command and Conquer, Starcraft, etc…). These games indirectly claim to be complete fantasy (no outstanding references to our current world) and leave little room for confusion about reality.

      If retailers want to (not) pull the game, that’s fine. They have that right. But we, as consumers, also have the right to not shop there and hold them accountable. It doesn’t really matter what the retailers do, they will be fine. There are enough people that support the game (Christians- “Finally, a game that represents us,” and non-Christians- “Finally, a game that shows the ‘truth’ of that religion,”) that they will have nothing to worry about either way.

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