Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

June 3, 2009 -

A small band of demonstrators gathered outside the Los Angeles Convention Center today to protest Dante's Inferno, an upcoming video game from publisher Electronic Arts.

While attendees viewed Dante's Inferno at EA's booth in the South Hall of the LACC, a dozen or so members of a Ventura County, California church group marched on the sidewalk. The protesters carried signs with messages like "EA = anti-Christ," reports the Los Angeles Times:

Matthew Francis, one of the protesters, said he and his fellow church members were particularly upset that Dante's Inferno features a character who fights his way out of Hell and uses a cross as a weapon against demons.

 

"We think this game should never come out," he said... 


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The funny thing is that you really can't make a game out of Dante's Inferno anyway. It's just like EA to take something and bastardize it, isn't it?

It's gonna be crap.

Yes I have a WIP. Just wait and see.

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I disagree with people saying it's a successful PR stunt just because we're talking about it.

The stunt fails because of the main fact that we are only talking about the stunt itself and not the game. Throughout all these comments, I see very little interest in the actual game itself. And once EA admits to it just being a PR stunt, it will overshadow the product they are trying to promote even more.

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Although I support every and any form of EA bashing, I personally find it distasteful to claim that an imaginary underworld supposedly created by the rival of an old man, who allegedly travels from cloud to cloud with no apparent means of transportation and from whom we owe the death of millions due to a flood he/she/it provoked long ago, is not fit nor morally accepted to use in a video game, a work of fiction.

I'm impressed those god-lovers don't play more video games, nor that they produce any games at all. Clearly, the idea of an old geezer loving and hating his sons and daughters, who sent his only true son to die on a cross for very bizarre reasons is one weird but excellent idea à la H.P. Lovecraft to me.

If this is an actual publicity stunt, then I say.. "Fuck you" more than ever EA. You've lost my trust and respect at the XXth (Lost count of it) expansion of medal of honor and sims, and have not made any better for the past 10 years or so. Now you need to whip the sensitive beliefs of a group of confused people to sell your ordinary looking game...

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I wouldn't be surprised if EA hired these people to create controversy.

Publicity is always good.

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Quite frankly, it's tiring to see these kinds of games. If other religions had their symbols used in this kind of big money game, we'd hear no end of it. Like maybe large organizations calling for all adherants to that religion to boycott a company?

Oddly enough, that situation was still used to bash christianity, even though it was a completely and utterly seperate religion that shared no common ancestry with christianity.

You guys need to gtfo it like you're telling these people using their voices to. It offends them, congrats, when you parody / make light of something others take seriously, it offends them.

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Escapist is calling ti a publicity stunt
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/7.117296

 


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If they make this anything like the past few items they've made for The Sims franchise, the church people have nothing to fear.  Their latest venture The Sims 3 is about as f'd up as it can get and still run.  I've been having fun reading all about it. 

 

 

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

You know this was a publicity stunt by EA right? 

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

We should be more specific about EA being the Antichrist.  It's EA Management that's the Antichrist.  Can't really put that label on people like (former employee) Will Wright or the Dead Space team.  Know what I mean?

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I thought it was Death's scythe you fought with, not a cross?

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Wait, don't most of these people believe Jesus went into hell, brought some people out, then came back? And he fought demons sometime before that?

EDIT: O wait it was a publicity stunt. What the hell was EA thinking?

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I imagine their view is if Hell is belittled to the extent of being a setting in a video game then it loses it's real-life fear factor. Apparently they view the concept of Hell as their own personal tool to instill fear into children/other people so they'll be more inclined to follow their own personal perception of a "good person". I'm sure they're afraid that if there's no fear of some kind of supernatural punishment in the afterlife then people will not be afraid to "sin" all over the place. However the flaw in this is you could claim a truely good person would do good deeds because they care for others and NOT out of some kind fear of some mystical bad place.

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I don't quite understand the point in this protest... I mean had they never heard of the Inferno before the game was announced? Do those people even have any idea who Dante is, or that the Inferno is actually a book? Why don't they try and ban that before banning a video game loosly based on it >___>!?

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No, Hell (Helvede in Danish) is actually a Danish town :) And isn't there a movie called Hell Raiser or something ?

But jokes a side, people have a right to have their say; developers have a right to make games they want to make, even bloody and gory ones. Just add an 18+ rating or M-rating on the box.

Dante's Inferno (the book, not the game) is a tale of Dante who makes a trip to Hell and back, going through Hell, to Purgatorio, to Paradise. I don't remember if Dante in the book ever fights with a cross, but what would the Christian rather see Dante (or other persons) in the game fight demons with in the game? Maybe a gun, or a cross-bow?

 

 

 

 

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So... I assume thse people protested King of the Hill because, the made up show the Hills watched on occasionhad a vigilante priest who before killing someone, said "Vaya con Dios" which translates to Go with God, right?

Wait, videogame are always targeted by these idiots.

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And people wonder why others reject christianity... when you make inane protests like this your "club" doesn't look very inviting.

 

I used to have faith (chuckle) that logic would prevail... I'm not so sure anymore.

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Ok I think we've gathered that this more than likely a publicity stunt but how badly do you think this will blow up in EA's face once people get wind of it?

Although it's funny that EA is the only one who tries to literally make controversy for their games.

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Ok I think we've gathered that this more than likely a publicity stunt but how badly do you think this will blow up in EA's face once people get wind of it?

Although it's funny that EA is the only one who tries to literally make controversy for their games.

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I didn't for Bungie for a long time, I don't see why EA would be any different.  Plus they've already generated a gain from this marketing ploy (if it is one), a number of people now know what Dante's Inferno is, and that would be the entire point of the stratagy. So the answer would be not at all or they have already gained from this.

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Ok let get this straight. First off if this is some sort of Rick Roll joke then fail on you. However if this is actually legit, than wow are you fucking retarded? Half the time I hear, its always been, You sin you go to hell and hell is a bad place. SO IF anything, giving the circumstances of this game in which a person is trying to escape it, wouldn't that be a good thing. Fact is: You can't do shit about preventing this game from coming out and you need to get over yourselves and go outside and look at your own lives.

And this is why I am no longer part of christianity.

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Im against the game myself, but not for the messed-up reasons these guys are preaching

The original Dante's Inferno was about a poor, depressed man going through a midlife crisis as he continues to mourn the death of his beloved Beatrice. As he wanders through a dark forest and contemplates his suicide, he sees a mountain of righteousness and attempts to climb it, only to be stopped by three great beasts of evil. Dante than meets Virgil, a Poet who had died more than a thousand years ago, who guides dante on a journey through hell, purgatory and heaven, and to show Dante the people of have been led astray without the light of christ guiding them

The game involves Dante beating the crap out of demons with a large cross, as he’s trying to escape hell and look for his beloved Beatrice as well (as to why hes looking in Hell is anyone’s guess). In all, EA is taking the wrong direction with this game, and Im protesting it as well. Dante's Inferno was a literary classic, an epic to the same degree as Homer’s Odyssey or Virgil's Iliad. EA is just spraying it with the sweat off of David Jaffe’s forehead, and intends to sell it as an alternative to God of War III.

Still, those protestors have their own wacky beliefs, and they’re just practicing their 1st Amendment rights. So let them be. Until they begin drenching themselves in the blood of an abortion doctor and threatening to attack programmers at EA, I think that this can just be ignored for now.

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God will judge sinners who play this game harshly?  I don't recall any teachings of God instructing that "Thou shalt not play Dante's Inferno"

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Earthworm Jim already did the whole escape from hell thing and it even got an E rating simply by changing the word Hell to Heck.

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Such lame bullshit. To hell with these guys!

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What game DOESN'T spark protestors nowadays? Reminds me of PCU or Danny Phantom. They make jokes about how people are ready to protest at the drop of a hat.

But they are going about this all wrong. Games educate people. Do you realize how much religious research I needed to do to understand the plot of Xenosaga? (Side note: Kos Mos just won the Robot Battle over on one of the other blogs. I wanted to respond with "Holy Mary mother of Jesus!" but if you hadn't played the games all the way through, you wouldn't get it.)

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I'm surprised they never protested disgaea. I'm pretty sure they would throw a fit about it, since it repeatedly says demons are not inherently evil, and angels are not inherently good. not to mention the fact that you play as Laharl, who these idiots would probably think is the antichrist.

oh, and I almost forgot about Etna

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Yeah, Etna's hot...

what were we talking about?

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Most Nippon Ichi characters are underaged, lolicon material. Saying that Etna's hot might get you into trouble with the authorities :P


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I'd agree, but Etna is in her 1400s so...

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LOL

 The PR stunt most certainly DID WORK!  Look at all of the slack jaw yokels on here who fell for it and are still raging against the "protestors".

 

Grats suckers :D

 

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

No one has brought up Poe's law yet, the one that states that parody fundamentalism is impossible to tell from the real thing.

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I did.

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Whether you think it's a good PR stunt or not, this article has reached over 100 comments on the site. If it's a PR stunt, it's certanly working.

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I swear we just went back to 1997.

 

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Yeah, this is definitely a PR stunt. And not a particularly well-done one, either.

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Given the number of knee-jerk comments here? I'd say they did a good job of it.

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Total PR stunt, their site just screams parody even though, disturbingly it's not too far off from real fringe nutjobs. Nevermind that the site is registered via Domainsbyproxy as if there's something to hide and like someone else mention, the site was created on June 1st. Totally viral... This is up there with Citizens United Negating Technology For Life And People's Safety.

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http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Wicca%20&%20Witchcraft/...
Unrelated, but hilarious all the same.

Who worships the devil? SPIDERMAN!

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I'm not even gonna START with THIS asshole. Theres not enought hours in the day.

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That's a fair point. I mean, crosses are sort of worthless for...anything.

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Several weeks ago i meet a priest who baptized me. We were talking about things and he asked what i do during my free time, so i told him that i play games. Turned out that he also is gamer these days and his favourite game is Devil May Cry 4.

I guess that evangelical lutheran priest are different.

 

 

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Well...DMC is the main reason this game isn't needed, we already have a demon slayer named Dante, who is so badass that no one will ever be better. so if they were protesting with this...eh, i'd allow it.

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Some would argue that a protestant hunting a demon pope isn't that far from his day job.

 

 -P, almost put an extra O in Pope.

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Was about to mention DMC. A half-demon facing various Lords of hell by transforming into a demon and destrying them with their own power.Not to mention people have been using crucifix shaped objects to kill for centuries. They are called SWORDS!

That said I agree this is most likely a PR stunt.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

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Hail pastor Deacon! They are the devoters of Evil, read: Hell is not a gamer! Dont kill the devils! It clearly shows that they are devoters of the Devil him self! Burn them... I am kind of religious but dont pay attention because who criates a church in this day are just after the money of the fool who believe blindly in the teaching of GOD... burn them.

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"Matthew Francis, one of the protesters, said he and his fellow church members were particularly upset that Dante's Inferno features a character who fights his way out of Hell and uses a cross as a weapon against demons."

The... but... what.... waitwaitwait... having the demons be the BAD guys... is a BAD thing? As Christians, aren't you supposed to... like... NOT LIKE DEMONS? As in, the goal is to get into heaven and NOT be submitted to their eternal wrath or however the saying goes? Besides the fact, when did they get so up-in-arms about this over half-a-millennium old book?

Also, if using holy weapons is a bad thing, then where were they for Castlevania? That was out, oh, i don't know 20 years ago?

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I mean, Christians protest some silly things sometimes but even they have more sense than to get offended by a game that is based on a piece of literature that was written around 700 years ago

Right, they just get offended when you do something that's not in a book from 2000 years ago (see: JT, Don McLeroy)

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I agree that's it seems fairly obvious that this has to be a publicity stunt.  The simply hasn't had enough press to warrant a portest.

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So hell is not a game, therefore they should denounce a game that A) advocates destroying demons and

B) is based off an ancient story that uses hell as a playground to make political statements ( i didn't actually make it past the 3rd or 4th circle before something came up and i had to give the book back unfortunately, so i didn't get to read of purgatory or paradise)

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Seems like a pretty obvious publicity stunt.

I mean, Christians protest some silly things sometimes but even they have more sense than to get offended by a game that is based on a piece of literature that was written around 700 years ago. Especially when you consider the fact that there have been literally thousands of references to hell and demons in popular culture (more than just games) and the fact that this game doesn't cover any new ground that hasn't been done before in that regard.

So really, this is just another example of EA thinking their customers are morons.

 
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