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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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

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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I'm incredibly upset at this game.

 

How dare it not be released for PC :|

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When I first saw this yesterday on another site I thought two things.

1) I'd protest what they've done with the poem too.  Wait, that's not what they are protesting? 

2) EA or their marketing company hired a bunch of local starving actors and actresses to do this.

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Well good, I'd hate to think that a religious group would ever rage over a piece of fiction and... *remembers so-called Muslim outrage over Jojo's Bizarre Adventure* wait, never mind.

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Its fake, their website only links to the gamesite and the game trailer, also like has been said its only been resgistered for just over a month.

 

This is going to back fire on EA mark my words.

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Please be a publicity stunt...oh please oh please oh please... if anything I think churches would be stoked as...

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Huh.  This story makes very little sense.  "Not much does anymore."

"HEY! LISTEN!"

"HEY! LISTEN!"

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A few things.

1) This isn't a representation of all of Christianity.  This is a few morons in California, which seems to be the home of most of the moronic activists and activism in the world.  The priest at my church actually encouraged people to look into it when it came out, because its a reimagining of some of the oldest books embraced by the church, and those books are where we got most of the imagery for heaven, hell, and purgatory.  All things can be turned to the glory of God.

2) I don't quite understand.  It's all well and good when you read about Dante struggling to find his way through hell, purgatory, and heaven, but when Dante becomes a badass with a weapon, all the sudden it's evil?  What the fuck ever. 

3) I think Brokenscope is onto something here, and lets face it; EA is know for some pretty shystey PR stunts.  Most of the time when you see faggotry like this, the church says who they are (say, Westboro Baptist Church, or maybe a church of the LDS variety) or the people will state what organization they belong to, in order to gain some publicity.  But the article in the LATimes (rag) makes no mention of their affiliations. 

4) Go to the LATimes article and just look at the fat motherfucker in the picture.  She's (he's?) standing at the far right, but goddamn.  Ugly motherfucker.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

You're right about the PR stunts, I remember all the dead space hype with it being banned in certain countries. EA loves their viral marketing.

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It's plain and simple. The church hates video games because it's another thing people do instead of going to church. They'll jump on any reason to downplay it.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

So who or what is "the church"?

Are you attempting to lump all Christians in with Catholics?

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Hell is not a game. Hell is not real either.

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I object to this.

Hell does exist. It's called "Sah Na-tah Ah-nah."

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Peanut FTW

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Have you ever been to Kansas?

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

You silly, Hell isn't in Kansas, it is in Michigan.

Hell freezes, too.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Don't Catholics of the old times think they could "fight" demons through prayer and rituals?  I don't see the issue these people have with the game, unless they find it offensive that you could fight to escape from hell, a divine punishment.

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One more thing to add to my poe's law list.

The only reason I know this is a PR stunt of some type is that they don't actually name their church. They always name their church, they want people to come to their church. Not tomention the kind of people who would protest this game,never dress like that.

This is a PR stunt.

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Silly protesters, video games are only make-believe. Just like your bible.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/hell-a-cyberpunk-thriller

Not only is Hell a game but it is a cyberpunk thriller!

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Hah a bit late arent they?

Doom, hellgate london, dungeon keeper.... Hell is SO a game.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Protesters need to do some friggin' research before they begin protesting bullshit. Let's see:

Neon Genesis Evangelion christian themes in it

Castlevania letted you use a cross as a weapon (no one protested on that.)

Xenogears

Xenosaga

Max Payne

Doom

these are among the following that I know had any religious or hell themes or references. It's plain simple: Just don't play the damn game, besides like most of the posters here said, it is based on a poem from 1000 years ago. No need to piss & protest, it's a waste of time & energy.

What we got here is failure to communicate!

What we got here is failure to communicate!

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

1. I already played and beat a game where you fought your way into Hell and back out again. Ever hear of Doom? Came out in 1993?

2. You can't accept the game, but can can you accept the book? I read about Dante's Inferno back when I was in High School English class.

 - Warren

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Nonono, they got it all wrong.

EA = Antichrist. EA =/= anti-Christ.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

At least EA make games and not totally useless hair products... right?

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Superman is more real than Jesus.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Imagine if Jesus had come back to life, Superman style?   There would bee a half-robot version of Jesus, a teenage version, and an evil Jesus wearing sunglasses.  That is a story I would read in a heartbeat.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Well, there is already a robot Jesus:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxAmJs1ZrIU

And don´t forget Raptor Jesus...

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

This is definitely a pr-stunt. Just look at what they accuse ea of at the site. Witchcraft and sorcery? Sexual perversion? Though it would'nt surprise me that they would actually be serious about this.

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Do they accuse EA of doing that or do they accuse the game of containing it?

Because dante's inferno did have a special place for the lustful, not sure about witchcraft and sorcery didn't read the whole book (although I don't find it hard to believe that demons in the game would cast spells so that'd probably qualify)

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Not specifically sorcerers, but fortune-tellers and prognosticators are doomed to walk around in circles with their heads on backwards.

Also, the demons didn't cast spells. They hung around a lake of boiling pitch and jabbed at people who tried to climb out.

One of my favorite passages in the poem is when Virgil and Dante approach them and their leader, Malacoda "Makes a trumpet of his rear".

(Canto XXI, Line 139)

 

------ Ago. Perceptum. Teneo.

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This is the group's website: http://www.wearesavedgroup.org  Which, for an amateur site, has awfully clean css.  The registration was done by proxy, so I can't confirm that it's EA or a marketing firm, but I smell viral marketing.

Also, Hell is a game.

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I agree. Almost certainly fake. They used css to try really hard to make the site look like an old crapy geocities/frontpage style site. Also, their signs are really elaborate. I've never seen protestors with signs that detailed and witty.

 

 

 

http://www.popularculturegaming.com

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

I call viral marketing. The logo and trailer are pretty prominent on that page.

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I'm noticing it only links to the game trailer (on gametrailers no less, how oddly game savy of them) and the offical game website, no church or bible based links? That's odd, don't you think?

Also, google brought me to this. Registered June 1st? How Interesting.

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The sad thing is even if it was apublicity stunt or marketing ploy some nut-jobs *cough<insert name we all know here>cough* will still latch on to the protest and do anything they can to put down the game.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Yeah that would make far more sense, I find the idea that nutty groups would even hear about the game at this stage to be very low unless they follow video games for some reason. Assuming they do follow video games why do they not care about God of War?

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

My friends and I saw this immediately as we headed into E3 and the general consensus was that it was a viral ad campaign.

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

I was thinking the same. It´s far too stupid to be real. But reality and human idiocity often can surprise you.

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Why hello there fun haters.

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Ughh...

This is NOT what being a Christian is about. I don't see why they're complaining.

I mean, the book is OK, but the video game isn't?

Times truly have changed...

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Times haven't changed- Christianity has long been a hate group committed to imposing their ways on everyone else (and those Christians who aren't this way won't act against those who hijacked their faith).  I'm not sure why this group seemingly has no beef with the book/poem Inferno, but the Christian "culture war" still routinely targets books.  Harry Potter is still a big source of ill for these people. 

Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

Times haven't changed- Atheists have long been a hate group committed to imposing their ways on everyone else (and those atheists who aren't this way won't act against those who hijacked their faith).

Ad hominem fallacies make us cool, amirite?

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Please. As Athiests, we don't push our ways onto anyone, we just don't want anyone pushing thier ways onto us. We do this by making sure our friendly neighborhood government keeps thier religious ideology to themselves.

Just because you seem to think that preventing you from pushing your beliefs in our face constitutes us pushing our faith on you, it doesn't make it true.

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Please. As theists, we don't push our ways onto anyone, we just don't want anyone pushing thier ways onto us. We do this by making sure our friendly neighborhood internet weirdo keeps thier lack of religious ideology to themselves.

Just because you seem to think that every theist in existence is pushing their beliefs in your face doesn't make it true.

 

Seriously, I could keep this up for days.  I don't even care about the theism v. atheism argument (although I'm annoyed at the insinuations being thrown around), I just like to screw with people who aren't good at arguing.

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It's not our fault we're better than everyone else and like them to know it.

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Re: Dante's Inferno Ignites E3 Protest

you are aware that not all christians are as intolerant as some of the more vocal members of the comunity right?

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So what exactly are we supposed to do to "act against" these people? It's not like we can actually make them stop.

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That's what's bothering ME. The book is practically canon; most of our modern-day ideas of what Satan and Hell are like actually came from Dante's Inferno. And yet, make a game on the same subject, and suddenly you're trivializing Hell? The doublethink is enough to make your head spin.

 
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