Left Behind Book Publisher Supports Left Behind Game

Who would have thought that Left Behind: Eternal Forces would supplant Bully and GTA as perhaps the most controversial game of 2006?

And yet, as criticism of the T-rated real-time strategy game reaches a tipping point, that suddenly seems to be the case. Christian, Jewish and Islamic groups alike have condemned Left Behind: Eternal Forces.

But Tyndale House, the publisher of the mega-selling Left Behind book series, is backing the much-maligned PC title. The company issued a press release to that effect yesterday:

Tyndale Publishers strongly stand in support of Left Behind: Eternal ForcesTyndale House extended an exclusive license to Left Behind Games to create video games based on the storylines and characters of the Left Behind series.

Tyndale’s president, Mark Taylor (left), said:

We are careful to guard the content of our own products, and we worked with LBG to ensure that the content of their game is appropriate. There is a certain level of violence inherent in the story, just as there is a certain level of violence in the ‘Left Behind’ books. After all, the period in which the game is set is a chaotic and dangerous time… The game is designed to be a classic battle between good and evil, but it does not gratuitously depict violence or death.

Today’s Christian Science Monitor has one of the more comprehensive articles we’ve seen on the Left Behind controversy.

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    Iliad says:

    -They really need an edit button-

    Just wanted to add, it appears cut off to me.. it could be saying “In an industry that is full of destruction with no hope, the LEFT BEHIND game-??? Is just as bad? Dissapoints us further? What?

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    Iliad says:

    @Sandi “- Women of Faith says “In an industry that is full of destruction with no hope, the LEFT BEHIND game-“

    If you expect to rally support I wouldnt include ignorant comments like that one, the mere fact that someone who said something so stupid supports you makes me not want to, not to mention its cut off anyways.

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    Soldatlouis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Although I don’t care about “Left Behind”, nor the controversy surrounding it, I just wanted to say welcome, and thanks for going here to explain your point of view.

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    BudGrayJr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Jabrwock

    Where are the protesters now? In all the previous aticles these groups are expressing criticism, not lining up in front of stores with picket signs and protesting. And the criticism being leveled at the game is the same criticism that was being leveled at the books right from the beginning. The only difference now is that the media is only just now bothering to pay attention.

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    MechaCrash ( User Karma: 1 ) says:

    I guess “people get riled up over game with a ‘kill the heathens’ message” is more newsworthy than “people get riled up over badly written masturbatory revenge fiction with ‘neener neener we’re right you’re wrong now burn like the horrible wretches you are’ as the message.”

    The books are just Chick Tracts drawn out to novel length.

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    BudGrayJr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ MechaCrash

    I guess so. Though I think “riled up” is a little too strong. Like I said, no one is out in front of stores with picket signs. The criticism of the game is the same criticism that is leveled at the books and the movies. And no one seemed to care what was being said about those. I think the only reason the game is getting do much press is because of the current political climate.

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    Primetime says:

    Hey Jotun,

    Looks like you’ve been duped. There is no convert or die in the game.

    THe biggest Critic, the Anti Defamamtion League said it in their analysis (of course all of the game reviewers have said it all along), but this is the first time a critic actually admitted it.

    You don’t have to fire a shot to win the game.

    If you do, you are penalized.

    It’s amazing what stupid people will believe these days. It seems like hardly anyone has their own mind any more.

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    Shih Tzu says:

    So it takes a crappy tie-in computer game to wake the media up to the fact that these books (and movies, and comic books) are for and about crazy religious extremists who see everyone who isn’t part of their group as an agent of Satan?

    I like how Focus on the Family (of course) calls it “the kind of game Mom and Dad can actually play with Junior,” like there are no other games out there families might enjoy together besides those about killing and converting unbelievers.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    like there are no other games out there families might enjoy together besides those about killing and converting unbelievers.

    Or as we call it at my house… Saturday night! /thumbs up with goofy grin 😉


    There aren’t protesters lined up in front of stores, but I’m curious whether that Muslim association sent such a public and strongly worded letter to Walmart when Left Behind the book first came out…

    I mean, is it ok to write about slaughtering infidels, just as long as you don’t promote it to impressionable teens? Of if it’s on the shelf beside Danielle Steel novels, you assume only lonely housewives will read it, so it’s not really worth the effort to organize a country-wide campaign to have it pulled from shelves?

    As an example, take Jack Thompson’s reaction. He had no problem with Left Behind when his publisher was distributing it at the same time as his book. But then when the book became a game, he has a public falling out with the publisher in protest. Did the groups most vocally against the game do the same, or were they complaining about the book series as vocally? If so, was it just not newsworthy enough for it to be mentioned mainstream? Everyone remembers the extremist christian (not to be confused with your everyday, sane christian) reaction against Harry Potter. Does anyone remember the same against the Left Behind book series?

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    BudGrayJr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:



    Well, I do remember the same Christian groups being critical of the books back then as they are with the game now. But it was barely mentioned in the media. When the movie came out, I didn’t see or hear anything in the media. The only way I knew of it’s existance was when I pass by it in the video store. And the comic book (thanks for the reminder Shih Tzu) I didn’t even know about that until I looked the series up on Wikipedia. Like I said before, the only reason it seems to be newsworthy now is because of all the flack video games have been taking lately.

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    Brokenscope ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It is interesting how people get mad over things that are “wrong” here. The problem is when you write fiction, its not going to always reflect the current world. Its societies will not be built on the same assumptions and events that the real societies are built on.

    Do people protest books that reflect a future based where the south won the civil war and the slave trade is still thriving on an international scale? However impossible that reality is do people get offended and “write letters condemning”. It is a story of fiction that assumes Christians are correct and the revelations is true.

    As a Christian I believe in certain things. As an intelligent human being I can accept those things are wrong if proven. Then again such things are so hard to prove one way or the other.

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    BudGrayJr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Jabrwock Says

    Well, like I said before, probably because of all the anti-videogame legislation. That and the fact that Christians are refusing to buy the big “Christian Game.” Ultimately I blame slow news day.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Please note, I’m not comparing those people who wrote a letter of concern about the game’s message. I’m talking about those people who want the game banned because it has the “potential to teach hate”…

    Fiction… Non-fiction… why is it so hard to tell the difference?

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    But it was barely mentioned in the media.

    Oh. Ok, then I guess my question is more posed at the media then. What makes complaining about video games so much more sensational than complaining about the book or movie?


    However impossible that reality is do people get offended and “write letters condemning”.

    If The DaVinci Code taught me anything (I still have yet to read or see the movie, I’m talking about the media circus surrounding it), it’s that the extremists out there are a) easily offended and quick to tell everyone about it, and b) assume everyone else is too stupid to understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction (most letters I saw weren’t “OMG this totally destroyed my faith” but rather “OMG this could totally destroy someone else’s faith”)

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    BudGrayJr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    The problem the Christian critics have with the series isn’t simply it’s content. It’s that the authors, publishers, game desginers, and fans all promote it as some sort of paragon of Christian Media. And it’s not. and the critics, myself included, would like them to stop pushing it on the public that way. This, well there’s no other word for it, crap in no way represents my views or the views of Christianity in general.

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    Jotun says:

    GTA and Bully are nothing wrong by me, but Left Behind games spread this message of “Convert Or Die”.

    Its a shame nowadays, people use religions to justify their actions and not to mention, this phrase “Love thy neighbour” has been long forgotten! Shame.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    On the other hand, the game is based on a work of fiction. Does playing the Soviets in Command and Conquer: Red Alert, or the Chinese or GLA in C&C:Generals mean you support their social designs? Of course not.

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    Sandi says:

    There has been alot of misleading information spun throughout the public and media regarding Left Behind Eternal Forces game. I encourage you to visit http://www.menofgod.us & download a trial version. I believe the first hand experience will allow you the opportunity to judge for yourself and put these rumors to a rest.
    Here is a statement from the CEO, Troy Lyndon, to clarify some of the misconceptions and propaganda:
    LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces
    A PC Game

    FOCUS ON THE FAMILY endorses our game. Read below to find out why!
    Our game DOES NOT encourage killing.
    Our game is NOT anti-Semitic.
    Our game is NOT anti-Muslim or anti-Islamic.

    It is anti-EVIL! The ultimate bad-guy is the Antichrist who wants to eliminate all faiths and all religions, except his and he is deceiving the entire world.

    Our game does NOT teach the pre-tribulation theology of the book series, except that this worldview is utilized as a FICTIONAL backdrop of the game.

    In the past several days, numerous people have been and continue to spread misinformation about the game.

    Our game is the first game ever to encourage the use of PRAYER and WORSHIP as the most effective means to resolve conflict.

    Physical warfare is discouraged as the LEAST EFFECTIVE means for resolving conflict…and a gamer loses points for using a gun.

    This is the world’s first high-quality inspirational game which intends to model positive behavior by discouraging physical warfare.

    Please play the game for yourself and help us to get out the TRUTH.

    In an industry which creates so much gratuitous violence and gore, LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces presents a healthy alternative. We need your help to get the word out!

    PLAY THE GAME and find out for yourself that this game is about the battle of good versus evil.

    Here are a few things said by others:
    – The Anti-Defamation League, although they speak out against the book theology, says “Conversion to Christianity in the game is not depicted as forcible in nature, and violence is not rewarded in the game.”
    – AOL says it is a “Positive Moral Message”
    – Focus on the Family says “Finally! A game Mom and Dad can play with Junior”
    – Concerned Women for America says “A game we can wholeheartedly recommend!”
    – Wired Magazine “Few are as ambitious and polished as this PC title.”
    – ArsTechnica.com “This is a game that Christian parents can buy their kids, and one that Christian kids can play themselves without any guilt about “questionable content.””
    – Women of Faith says “In an industry that is full of destruction with no hope, the LEFT BEHIND game
    – Clint Thomas from Chaos Theory says “For years we’ve been telling kids what to run from and not what to run to, until now!”

    Should you have any concerns about this game, please go to the contact us page on our website at http://www.leftbehindgames.com and we’ll do our best to connect with you.

    Troy Lyndon
    CEO, Left Behind Games Inc.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    There is a certain level of violence inherent in the story, just as there is a certain level of violence in the ‘Left Behind’ books.

    One wonders where the thousands of protesters were when the 43 million copies of the Left Behind book series were sold…

    I guess protesting books is SO 1940’s…

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