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Updated: 2017-11-15T14:13:12.444-05:00

 



As an avid gamer I'd love to see something usi...

2010-03-15T15:50:02.860-04:00

As an avid gamer I'd love to see something using the richness of Christian imagery without having to dumb it down to this level so the supposed 'XBOX-jocks' will love it. The majority of gamers are much more sophisticated than this, as established by best selling games like Bioshock or Mass Effect, and don't need to be spoken down to any longer by people wanting to make a quick



The makers of this junk are using viral marketing ...

2010-02-11T21:11:40.648-05:00

The makers of this junk are using viral marketing promoting a video game that mocks the Mass. When you go to the site for the "Mass" game it takes you to a trailer for Dante's Inferno. Yuck.



just read Dante's Inferno. Dante definitely di...

2010-02-11T13:58:15.400-05:00

just read Dante's Inferno. Dante definitely did not mean his work to be a video game. The tale was one of incredible sorrow over failed lives. His tale was far more brutal and truthful than anything that EA would dare to come out with. Another example of marketers playing on real, important human phenomena for the sake of titillation.



The tv show Supernatural is another example. They ...

2010-02-09T21:24:06.131-05:00

The tv show Supernatural is another example. They started out strong in the first two seasons with the demons who actually possessed people's bodies instead of eating them and were exorcised with actual Latin prayers. But now its the fifth season and the Apocalypse is here with Lucifer unleashed from Hell. Except that Lucifer is not a demon, he's a fallen angel (apparently they're



SIGH! One of Italian's greatest literature wor...

2010-02-09T16:58:31.724-05:00

SIGH! One of Italian's greatest literature works ruined like this...

As an Italian I take offense (and as a video game player as well :P)



The game is being defended as an artistic expressi...

2010-02-09T16:17:33.603-05:00

The game is being defended as an artistic expression of Dante's Inferno, yet art is not art if it's pornographic. (One of the reasons I don't consider Shasphere to be a great artist)



I agree with Sarah, This kind of thing trivialise...

2010-02-09T16:05:11.755-05:00

I agree with Sarah,

This kind of thing trivialises the really horrific reality which is hell. Hollywood did something similar in the whole Buffy the Vampire Slayer thing and the likes - all you need to know in order to defeat a demon, it seemed, was a few kung fu moves and a couple of magic spells. The reality is that the only moves that can overcome an attack of the evil spirits is



I agree with Sarah Harkins on this point. The sad ...

2010-02-09T16:02:54.685-05:00

I agree with Sarah Harkins on this point. The sad fact is that though most well reasoned individuals can see past the theological muddle of this stuff its the 18-27 demographic EA is aiming for that will most likely get caught up in the mess and if they had a skewed idea of what Christianity was already this will not help. I should think it has an interesting implication connected to our



@kindred Spirit: acknowlegment of Hell? no way. Th...

2010-02-09T15:50:42.685-05:00

@kindred Spirit: acknowlegment of Hell? no way. This kind of over exaggeration/characterizing is what makes people think Satan and Hell are folklore.



As someone who follows the gaming press with some ...

2010-02-09T15:46:00.837-05:00

As someone who follows the gaming press with some regularity I will say this much: EA has a horrible reputation within the gaming industry as a publisher of derivative and uninspiring dreck with budgets that would make James Cameron wince. If I recall, in preview given to gaming website Joystiq, they were quoted as saying "There's no getting around the fact that Dante's Inferno is a



The advertising for this game had been over the li...

2010-02-09T15:15:04.776-05:00

The advertising for this game had been over the line way before this ad. Remember last year, when EA hired actors to portray fundamentalist Christian protesters outside their offices for publicity? This game can't be very good if they need to resort to these tactics. Video games fall under my (I think coined it, at least) Andy's Theory of Inverse Advertising. First applied to movies, the



I agree that this is disturbing and twisted in its...

2010-02-09T14:50:52.050-05:00

I agree that this is disturbing and twisted in its treatment of the subject, but at least these folks don't deny the existence of hell. That's half the battle, after all: to acknowledge the reality of hell and the devil. Now, for the rest of the Catechism...