Killing for the Kingdom: Update

Not being a shy little flower, The Sword of Freedom commented on the article written by Paul Proctor, referring to the Left Behind game as morally vile. A Christian gamer responded to my post with this: “It’s this wrestling back and forth for the souls of the people that makes the gameplay dynamic so interesting. Players aren’t competing to kill the enemy army — rather, they’re trying to save them, and each person killed represents a failure rather than a success.” “Certain events — being asked to perform immoral actions (such as killing civilians), being seduced by the enemy, witnessing good or evil miracles — lead to adjustments in units’ Spirit ratings.” The only non-belivers that can be killed are those in the opposing army, which, since this is a war game, is somewhat expected, since this is a war game. The object is NOT to kill everyone who isn’t a believer, the main intent of the player is supposed to be to convert the opposing army’s members. As the review says, if you kill civilians as the good side, your people lose morale, and may defect.

Today there was another essay about the Left Behind game, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition by Jan Markell

apparently even extreme conservative Christians aren’t too pleased with it. In Markell’s essay I found this paragraph:

Soldiers lose some of their spirituality every time they kill someone from Antichrist’s side but they are then bolstered with prayer to make sure they then don’t become vulnerable to Antichrist’s forces.

So in other words, the Christian gamer and the game reviewer are playing a little loose with the truth. Yes, you *do* kill people who aren’t Christian. Oh, you are supposed to try to convert them first, but then–BLAM! You lose points, but you can pray them back.

“Morally vile” probably wasn’t a strong enough description, but this game beggars the imagination.

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