For you parents out there who constantly worry about the violent videogames your kids are playing, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Hand your lil’ tykes “Left Behind: Eternal Forces” and watch ’em kill, kill, kill their way to salvation. Yes, in this game you kill people in God’s name. Yeee-haww!
According to a review of the game, it doesn’t specifically tell you why the “bad guys” are bad. You might get some general backstory, but let’s be honest: you’re allowed to kill them because they were left behind after The Rapture™. And why would they be left behind, hmmm? The game may not go into specifics, but we all know these poor suckers are non-Christians, non-heteros, divorcees, pro-choicers, peaceniks, stem-cell researchers, etc. Sounds like a perfect rationale for killin’ to me, and a positive, loving message for kids: those who don’t subscribe to Christianity must die. Yay, God!
Interestingly, you’re also given the chance to convert people before blowing them up or gunning them down. Well, that’s mighty generous. “Will you accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior? No?” BLAM-BLAM-BLAM-BLAM!!! OK, it’s probably not that simple, but this game obviously has more on its agenda than casual entertainment. Sounds like a recruitment tool to me, and a way to provide a “positive message” through the mass-extermination of nonbelievers. Virtual nonbelievers they may be, it still creeps me out.
Anyway, Christian games are legendary for their suckiness, but I gotta admit that so far the graphics look pretty good, and the gameplay sounds interesting as well. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when the game hits shelves during (predictably) the holiday season.
P.S.: In case you’re wondering, I don’t go looking for Christianity-related topics to write about. Stories just pop up at random, and some of them are simply too good to pass up. Certain flavors of Christianity — the freaky-deaky end-timers, the bigots and haters — are a constant source of outrage and entertainment!