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Nine Moons » Blog Archive : A New Video Game for Christians–Convert or Die! » A New Video Game for Christians–Convert or Die!

A New Video Game for Christians–Convert or Die!

Tim - December 13, 2006

I just stumbled onto this story earlier this week. It seems as though the company behind the “Left Behind” books co-authored by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have created a video game, “Left Behind: Eternal Forces.”

The object of the game is to roam the streets of post-Rapture New York and confront those that are, of course, “left behind”, or in other words, the non-believers. When confronting these infidels, your first task is to try to convert them and gain their assistance. If/when that doesn’t work, you have no choice but to kill them, but by killing them, you lose “Spirit Points.”

From the linked article, the CEO of Left Behind Games, Troy Lyndon says,

“…the game’s Christian themes will grab the audience that didn’t mind gore in “The Passion of the Christ.” “We’ve thought through how the Christian right and the liberal left will slam us,” says Lyndon. “But megachurches are very likely to embrace this game.”

All accounts that I’ve read indicate the game is quite violent and quite bloody. Fortunately, the game has been slammed by both liberals as well as many on the Christian Right.

For more information, simply google the title “Left Behind: Eternal Force.”

I know there are many gamers who peruse this site, so who better to ask what to make of all of this. It seems to me that it’s simply just all about the money.

7 Comments »

  1. Maybe they can market it to Convention goers in Iran…

    Comment by Matt W. — December 13, 2006 @ 9:01 am

  2. I think it is more than just about the money. I think these people actually believe those who do not accept their Savior will perish. So much like how extremist Muslims deal with infidels, these extremist Christians wish to do the same with those “left behind.”

    Comment by Dan — December 13, 2006 @ 9:15 am

  3. I don’t know- it might actually be the best method. Charlemagne converted many that way! :)

    Comment by Jordan — December 13, 2006 @ 9:51 am

  4. Crap, I don’t want my kids killing Nazis, aliens, zombies or anything like that. It’s too violent, but non-christians, that’s cool.

    Comment by Ian Cook — December 13, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

  5. Would it be fair to call this game Christianofascist?

    Comment by gorgonzola — December 13, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

  6. Man, I didn’t think the Christian right could ever beat Bible-man for the award for all-time lameness, but I stand corrected.

    I’m sure Nazi Germany would have loved a game very similar to this in their heyday.

    Comment by Jeff G — December 13, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

  7. Hmmm…
    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’ (Proverbs 22:6)

    From: http://www.religioustolerance.org/hatevgame.htm
    “The game is based on the assumption that God had separated babies and the saved — individuals who have repented of their sin and trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior — from the Earth. In a process called the Rapture, the saved miraculously rise through the air to meet Jesus Christ. They abandon trains, planes, automobiles, jobs, fields, sidewalks, homes, etc. That leaves only confused unbelievers “left behind” on earth. Some would be nominal Christians who were not saved before the rapture. Others would be Muslims, Hindus, most Mormons, most Roman Catholics, followers of all of the other religions in the world, secularists, Atheists, Agnostics, etc.”

    It’s sad to see this out, but it’s good that compassionate Christians are crying out against the views of those partaking in the radical right, Am-centric historical view (David Barton) and the Evangelical interpretation of Revelations. It’s sad to see Deseret continue to carry books by the LaHaye’s in their bookstores. We need to be careful in that we need to be aware of the various ways our own thoughts can become perverted or worse, we become converted to their message. We must educate ourselves on similarities and differences between doctrinal faith – between our AoF and their SoF. While we can’t stomp out, we must be aware of and not be lured into overt media messages broadcasted daily (Focus on the Family, 700 Club, Christian radio, etc.); and we must be aware of how covert messages bombarding us with their view (bumper stickers, Christian t-shirt shops, teens for Christ, Generation Joshua, etc.) can affect our own view of our faith.

    Comment by anon — December 15, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

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