Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Left Behind: The Search for Cash

Christian gaming is starting to hit the spotlight now that E3 is rolling around. While some titles disguise their message in innuendo and hidden subtext, such as Bibleman: A Fight for Faith, others are more mainstream.

Left Behind: Eternal Forces is an RTS where the Tribulation Force deploys units against Antichrist's Global Community Peacekeepers. In single player you play the Tribulation Force, where your units lose spirit points every time they kill enemy units. Prayer restores the points, otherwise they can be recruited to the other side.

Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan Securities noted "The reason that I think this game has a chance is that it's not particularly preachy... I will say some of the dialogue is pretty lame - people saying 'Praise the Lord' after they blow away the bad guys. I think they're overdoing it a bit. But the message is OK."

Good ol' Jack Thompson, also lookin' to get some E3 press, of course had something to say. "We're going to push this game at Christian kids to let them know there's a cool shooter game out there... because of the Christian context, somehow it's OK? It's not OK. The context is irrelevant. It's a mass-killing game."

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! I agree with Jack Thompson! Someone hit me with a pipe!

It sounds like they're attempting to hit a new target demographic... not relay a message. Then again... I kinda expect a bad book series deserves a bad game.

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