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I would link to some relevant information on the game but it’s extremely difficult to find a neutral source on the whole matter.
Anyway for those who are not completely in the loop Left Behind: Eternal Forces is a Christian RTS that takes place after the Apocalypse with the player taking control of the Christian forces.
That has me conflicted because while as an educator of teenagers (the target age group) I feel that during that difficult stage between childhood and adulthood they do need the right message. However I am extremely sceptical given my experiences as a teenager and my experiences as a teacher that a religious message is the right one.
For now at least I am turning a blind eye to all the claims of the game showing prejudice towards certain groups, at least until I can actually play the game myself.
Now that I have said my piece the floor is open to further discussion-
I would be interested to hear from anyone who has actually played the game.
I must admit, I would be interested in playing the game myself. It seems that you can play in single or multi-player mode, and you can fight on the side of "good", represented on the game by the "Tribulation Force", or the side of "evil", represented by the "Global Community Peacekeepers". However as a woman, you would only be able to become a medic or a musician, it seems.
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Haven't played (or seen) the game myself; though I do remember having many of the left behind books.
When you play as the Tribulation Force are you given the option to be any of the younger ones or only the members from the older group? (Now I must go and find at least one of my books to remember the name of the fourth young member..)
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I've never heard of these until now. I gather that they regularly top the best-seller lists in America, but have they been released in the UK?
I imagine that as a work of fiction, it takes a premise (the books of revelation and the apocalypse) and extrapolates it.
It sounds interesting (I'd also like to hear from anyone who has played/read them). But like I say, I've not read or played them, so I can't really comment.
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Last edited by Jon Quixote; January 9th, 2007 at 11:17.
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I can say that I saw a news episode on the game and it brought up a key problem. The premise of the game play is Christians kill the bad guys and then pray and all is forgiven. It sort of gives the wrong message of “go ahead and kill anyone not like you, then pray and it’s ok.”
All you have to do is watch a few programs on the history channel to see what happened in the past where life was cheap and millions were killed in the name of religion and i cant see a lot of difference in playing a game with Christians in it.
Fact is that in times of need like in this games time line people need something to believe in
such as Christianity. You will find a lot of references to Christianity in many games whether they
are set in the past or if there are a group fighting vampires or something.
I play a lot of games but right now a play zero hour and for those not in the know it has the united states army in it and terrorists make up one of the other sides. This has not given me the impression that all the people from the middle east are bad as i like most people can tell the difference between something made up and real life.
Please do not censor games as most gamers are a lot smarter then people give them credit for.
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That does bring up the parallel between historical wargames where during the Crusades, a similar thing actually did happen. Killing is bad. Killing in the name of God is okay as long as your heart is 'pure'. Actually happened-not fiction. Now the games based on the Crusades may or may not be wrong, but it is just a game. I certainly don't learn my morales from computer games.
Last edited by Jon Quixote; January 9th, 2007 at 12:55. Reason: Gakkk, KOS MOS beat me to it!
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From what I can gather the game is very much set from the view of the Christian right in America (references to the rapture and so on) as opposed to an Anglican or Catholic point of view.
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Yeah after reading this post I did a little light research on the game, and the religious backdrop.
The whole apocalyptic/revelations movement is interestingly enough (at least from my point of view) a Protestant move. Not to say protestantism is bad or extreme or anything, just that here in America the "Religious Right" is predominantly Protestant and thus that's where the game get's it's influence from. Personally, I thought the American "Religious Right" was actually a mixed bag of Christians or rather, predominantly Catholic (mainly b/c in my mind I always viewed Catholics as the more stringent and hardcore practitioners in their belief). I was actually somewhat surprised to see it was a Protestant movement.
Further what I find funny/ironic about this whole end times phenomena is that it's old and overplayed. I took a course in my Uni last year on Heresy in the Middle Ages and one of the things we discussed in length was how very common it was for different groups of people to claim "the end is nigh" and then go about creating radical christian religious dogma off that concept...only to be persecuted as heretics.
Anyway long point short, the history of the millenial/apocalyptic/end times movement goes back to the middle ages, is wrought with inaccuracies and wrong predictions and is extremely entertaining.
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I've been following this game for a while now. It's causing a LOT of controversy. Many more moderate Christians are upset as the game seems to focus on the "convert or kill" ideology, with the enemies in the game being muslims, jews, catholics, etc. It's being more or less based on the "Left Behind" book series, which is fairly radical in its own right. The final book features Jesus himself coming back and cleaving people in half.
As ironic as the end times idea is, it's gaining popularity. Pat Robertson recently said on the 700 club that God told him there would be a huge attack of some sort claiming millions of lives sometime in 2007, and that it would signal the start of the apocalypse. This sort of thing bugs me more than anything. I really don't think it's a good idea for these religious leaders to be telling their followers that "the world will end, and it's a GOOD thing."
I grew up surrounded by a very racist and hate-based church. I hate to see this sort thing becoming more popular in recent years. I have no problem with religion, but the dominionist movement and such really bothers me.
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