At least two faith-based bloggers have raised objections to a fake religious protest staged by Electronic Arts to promote its Dante’s Inferno game at E3 last week in Los Angeles.
At GamePolitics reported, about 20 actors carried signs protesting Dante’s Inferno on supposed religious grounds. The signs bore messages like "EA = anti-Christ" and "My high score is in Heaven." Initial coverage by the Los Angeles Times even reported (incorrectly) that the demonstrators came from a church in Ventura County, California.
Margaret Cabaniss of InsideCatholic has taken issue with the religious theme of EA’s publicity stunt:
It’s been clear for a while now that the entertainment industry views Christians on the whole as priggish, thin-skinned fun-killers… Has anybody at EA actually read the Inferno?
Meanwhile, Catholic Video Gamers writes:
Gamers of all varieties will buy this product if it’s, well, actually a good game. So instead of engaging in a shamelessly anti-Christian stunt to promote your poor excuse of a product, maybe you ought to work on making this game, you know, something better than a blatant God of War rip-off and make it, ya know, something worthwhile?
GP: Aside from these blog posts there are no official complaints from religious organizations on the Dante’s affair… yet.