An article about Christian concepts, beliefs and values in video games.
Posted by feillyne on Nov 29th, 2011
Unlike many other religions and philosophies and their concepts that are hardly taken up by any developers (for example Buddhism), one can see various forms of Christianity in video games.
But first, have you seen a Christian game yourself? What conditions and requirements would you set to consider a game Christian?
Are they Christian themes? Or maybe Christian games are characterised by nonviolence?
Or, perhaps, they simply reference biblical stories or the Bible itself?
There are many examples of these kinds of games that are called Christian.
To start with, Adam's Venture's story (Episode 1: The Search for the Lost Garden):
Adam's Venture is influenced by both Indiana Jones and biblical concept of Eden (the Garden of Eden). Other games include religions as political factors influencing the core gameplay, for example, Knights of Honor, though values themselves are not pictured or referenced in any way.
Others, such as The Axys Adventures: Truth Seeker, have very little to nothing to do with Christianity itself, this game (The Axys Adventures) simply won the Christian Game of the Year award at Christian Game Developers Conference.
Yet another type of Christian video game or so-called Christian game can be Left Behind: Eternal Forces that is based around the concept of Rapture. It got pretty negative reviews on account of (quoting) "ridiculous plot", "promoting sexism, bigotry and religious warfare", and "the option to play on the side of the Antichrist in a Christian video game". Left Behind has sequels as well, Left Behind: Tribulation Forces, Left Behind 3: Rise of the Antichrist, and Left Behind 4: World at War.
So, what would you call or not call a Christian game? Does developing them has a point? Should such games have an "educational" purpose of any sort or such an attitude should be left alone without pushing anything on players and audience? What's your opinion about all this?
PS Christian Game Developers Conference website: Cgdc.org