Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

December 10, 2009 -

Left Behind Games plans on bringing its brand of Christian-infused videogames to the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360.

Left Behind is teaming up with LifeLine Studios to develop a title called Bible Adventures for both consoles. The new effort will draw content from Left Behind’s Charlie the Church Mouse series, which is currently available on the PC. Bible Adventures will “educate young children by teaching them academic lessons vital to early childhood development through Bible stories.”

Left Behind CEO Troy Lyndon added:

Parents and kids already love the Charlie Church Mouse Bible Adventure games for the PC. Our strategy is to follow Nintendo's example by including up to 18 story animations and mini-games, providing significant value for our customers. We expect our financial projections to grow exponentially as we transition from a PC game developer to a Wii & Xbox developer.

Left Behind games is also known as Inspired Media Entertainment. In October the company announced a pilot effort to sell its religious-themed PC games in Texas-area Wal-Mart stores.


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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

At least a Christian Coalition Corporation Group is doing something positive and giving people an alternative to the games that they find deplorable rather than just poitlessly bitching about that which they find objectionable.

 

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

Jesus camp anyone?

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Still not my genre.  While I don't mind characters with various personalities, including religious personalities, in a particular overall story, a complete storyline based totally on even a "positive" religious background tends to come off as preachy and an unpleasant experience for me.

A storyline that pits me against "evil" religious characters who try to pass themselves off as "holy" might be ok.  But the overall story has to be good as well.

While I play Paladins in various RPGs, I try not to play him as a religious crusader unless I'm forced to by storyline.  In fact, I like the Paladin/Rogue build I have in DDO.

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Meh.. It's easy to play any combination of classes if you don't have to roleplay it.

Thats one reason I left DDO.. There were so many obscure builds like Ftr/Barb/Pal/Sorc or wierd crap like that. Dungeons and Dragons was never about Min/maxing, it was about adventuring and character development and role playing!

LOL.. Just because your spiked chain wielding Half-Dragon Ftr/Mon/Clr can kick my Battleaxe wielding gnome barbarian/illusionist's ass doesn't mean that your character is more fun than mine! Hell, half the fun of D&D are the interparty interactions, and how they play out on the battlefield..

I still remember the time my brother was playing a rogue, he played a particularly nasty prank on my Wizard by replacing my normal robes with ones disguised as my own, but cursed with an the annoying ability to cause minor static discharges every time I moved (-10 to my spellcasting concentration checks), and, of course, required a "Remove Curse" spell to take off.

Later on, rather than flank an enemy to give him free sneak attacks, I decided to eliminate the enemies surrounding him with a nice little heightened fireball. So, after failing his reflex save and taking half damage, the little bastard pickpocketed several potions from me, including a Cure Serious Wounds potion, while I was distracted by enemies. So, he takes the potion, heals up, and continues the fight, while I get myself surrounded and knocked unconcious because, to my surprise, when I go to drink the damned potion, IT'S NOT THERE!

We laughed our asses off that night.. My damn brother is a clever little bastage..

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Wow, I didn't realize ya'll were DDO runners. Cool!

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

I had a Warforged Fighter (never multiclassed) that I min/maxed for a Battleaxe.  If I hit, I did 5d12.  However, on the rare occasion I did get hit myself, it was BAD.  I was known to some of my in-game friends as "The Warforged with the Glass Jaw."  Funny, funny stuff.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

Yeah, still trying to get used to a Paladin/Anything build in DDO.  But P/Ro is a good build.  I prefer my R/Ro though.  I can basically do anything.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

Joy, kidsi n Texas can look forward to more Wii minigame collections. I wonder if one will be a book burning or a witch burning.

What's sad is if ANY other religion tried anything remotely like this, there would be potential lynchings

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I think if any other religion tried this, it would be seen as a logical way to expand "cultural awareness."  The only reason anyone makes stupid comments like yours is because it is based on a Christian faith.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

 Wrong.  If there were games made and marketed as religious games the evangelist or hardcore Christian community would make many, many stupid comments... also Fox News would explode with more sensationalism.

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But you see all of those people as "extremist loons" anyway, and I'm not talking about extremist loons.  I'm talking about mainstream.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

Again, not true.  Any non-Christianity based religion gets very, very little respect within the western nations, America especially.  I am 100% positive that this blog would report the same if a games industry giant decided to release a game based upon the Christian, Islam, Hindu or Flying Spaghetti Monster faiths...

Well... maybe more favourable towards the FSM faith but I mean come on... it's the FSM.

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Really, very, very little respect?  Didn't the President of the United States almost orally pleasure the King of Saudi Arabia, he bowed down so far?  And, while this site MAY make some noise against an Islamic video game, I guarantee you that, on regular news media, it would be considered community outreach.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

Again, you are kind of clueless about modern events, aren't you? Where did you hear the Saudi King Story, Limbaugh? Obama bowed, as a sign of respect towards the king, much like he did towards the Japanese Emporer. My bet is that if he didn't bow, the same people would be screaming "OMG, OBAMA  DISRESPECTED FORIEGN LEADERS! HE WANTS THEM TO ATTACK US!" Frankly, it's nothing but crap.

If you look it up, there are plenty of instances where you have Conservative Leaders Bowing, as well. The whole bowing thing was meant to stir up controversy and to attack Obama for absolutely nothing.

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There's a head bow, and there's a bow of servitude.  The 90-degree bend that Obama did is the latter.  No US leader, on either side of the aisle, has bowed like that.  Ever.  You're the one who's apparently clueless about modern events.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

Shrug...I thought he was mooning the prime minister behind him.  Lets face it more then likely he didn't know the proper bowing degree (most non japanese don't) and he (obama) wanted to show some cultural respect, ie nothing wrong with a bow, its basically the japanese handshake.  He just messed it up. He's is human afterall...and not the messiah that conservaties keep claiming.  But its all good, conservatives/repubs hate Obama(ODS?), just like democrats/liberals hated Bush(BDS?) and the cycle will continue. Maybe one day there will be a war between the 2 sides, though personally I prefer to see Z(zombie) day come.

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I think you should STFU for once.

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If I should shut up about this, the explain why Obama's own staffers said he gaffed after the incident.  I thought it was because he gave a - wait for it - bow of servitude, sending the wrong message to THE ENTIRE FUCKING PLANET.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

"THE ENTIRE FUCKING PLANET"

Nope, not here. We just don't care about such little details, seriosly there's nothing to make a controversy.

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I can second this argument. I condemn Islam just as quickly as I condemn Christianity. If someone on this game came out and started spewing Islamic crap, I'd be just as quick to bash them and thier religion as I am to bash those who spew Christian crap.

Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

That's you, though (even though I've never seen you make any comments lambasting Islam), and not the majority of GP, even, much less mainstream America.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

Have there been any nutty islamic individuals on GP, spouting thier nonsense, like Christian GP'ers do? That is why you haven't seen me do it. Then again, the majority of my arguments can be used to argue against many religions, not just Christian ones.

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The one time I've seen you make any comment even remotely disparaging to any religion other than Christianity was at the end of one of your anti-Christian rants, you said something about Islam, almost as an afterthought.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

I have heard very rarely in the past of Christian games, but I wasn't looking for them either. This game(s) seems like what my baby cousins would be playing at an early age....i.e. a leap frog.

Left Behind games is also known as Inspired Media Entertainment. In October the company announced a pilot effort to sell its religious-themed PC games in Texas-area Wal-Mart stores.

Since I am from Texas & there are a lot of Wal-mart's here..... O.o I know there are a lot of churches in the South as well. But this will be a big hit to the families of the Christian religions. I would also hope that the Left Behind & Lifeline studios won't just get half the info & change around the bible......of course depends on what bible they are getting it from....

 

 

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

If I'm not mistaken, I believe the "Left Behind" series made a different game a while back. In that game, you were a member of the faithful, and the game adovacing violence towards those non-faithful, who were left behind after Jesus' first coming.

Nothing like advocating a little violence against non-believers to really get those Christian Motors running..

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lol wow.

 

 

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

And like the Left Behind game this will suck too. Why? Becasue all bible games have sucked. If you don't believe me then just watch the AVGN bible game reviews.

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To me its not the fact that the games are based of the bible that make them suck. Its the fact that these game designers seem to think that because theyve thrown a cross here and there, name a couple characters after people from biblical times, and have the main character on a mission from God, that they can just fill the rest in with what is at best blatant rip off of recent games. Then sit back and wait for southern grandmothers to walk into walmart and see them in the discount bin with the big, shiny cross on the cover, and decide to buy it instead of that evil COD MW2.

Now, all games use some filler parts, its pretty damn hard not to. But when a game is 99% filler we have problems. These people have 0 drive, im assuming most of them are guys whove been kicked out of better studios for just not being good enough, so they lose interest in game design but still need food on the table, so they throw out crap and divvy up the scraps they make.

FTR im a christian, not trying to create a religion argument here, just saying that even the people these games are aimed at know this stuff is BS

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The problem, ultimately, is that tie in games suck. It doesn't matter if you're tying it into a cartoon, a movie, a toy line, or a religion -- it's a tie-in product, and "sell the main product" takes massive priority over "don't be shitty."

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The reason i believe behind tie in games/movies/etc, suck is because of 2 major reasons ( and several smaller ones )

1. Securing the rights, everyone knows you cant just go and make a game with Batman, Jesus or the New York Rangers. You need permission. And when you get past the costs trying to and securing the rights to it monetary wise ( which takes a large part of the games budget ) you then have to respect the rights owners wishes wich can either be limited ( ie just make a decent game that will bring in the money ) to the hardcore ( ie, they pretty much either hijack the direction or give set limits which pretty much takes a lot of creative space away ).

The Bible, being the most sold book ever and the most valuable, would obviously fall into the latter. But im not 100% on wheter or not someone actually owns the rights to the bible or if its public domain. But if it was public domain and you did a disrespectful job, that would hurt your buisness.

 

2. Limits. If your making a game from square 1. Its pretty much anything goes. Wanna make a flying lizard dressed like an eskimo fighting aliens from Jupitor, you go right ahead. But when you make, say, a Batman game. You cant go ape shit. Batman cant fly, cant shoot lazers, cant fight aliens from Jupitor. You can still make a quality game ( Arkham Asylum ) but im pretty sure most designers would rather be more creatively free.

 

Sorry for the long reads tonight. Im in a real writting mood.

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The bible and the whole religious bullcrap is part of the public domain, so if you want to make jesus wear thongs, you're free to.

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That is a disturbing image. Not because of any religious thing, just because it's a DUDE IN A THONG!!

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He said thongs, not thong.  He's referring to flip-flops.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

One thong, two thongs, many thongs...

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I think you've pretty much explained why tie-in games generally suck.

Also, the Bible itself would be public domain. Modern translations would be copyrighted, but the original material (eg the old scrolls) and the older translations would be well outside of copyright law.

Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

They would be in the US anyways.  However, those scrolls are all in Jerusalem, and you can damned sure bet the people of Jerusalem won't just hand them over because of "public domain."

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

A series of video games that attempt to promote a group of people over others and attempt to convince others that they are supperior ? This is unacepptable ! Now, tf youll all excuse me im gonna go play every COD game ever.

 

 

( not sayin these games are gonna be COD quality, but you all get my point )

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Games like this are just some kind of cultural substitute. They hope that by creating their own items (like christian music) people will get away from the mainstream and get away themselves from popular culture.

Basically, these games are a try to get away from the rest of the "not-enough-christian" world they dislike very much.

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Basically, these games are a try to get away from the rest of the "not-enough-christian" world they dislike very much.

Uh, what?

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It's the whole cultural segregation that was discussed last time this Left Behind developer came up on GP. Imagine a Christian who listens to Christian radio in the morning with Christian music, then coming home from work (A Christian job?) and watching Christian TV shows and playing Christian games. Maybe they only have Christian friends and everything else in their life has to be linked to Christianity.

If they choose to do so, fair enough, but, I don't know, it seems to me like something that leads to a weak perspective of life - surely a contrast in today's world is more crucial than ever? Arguably it could lead to an insulated world view, one that protects their bubble of faith in their religion.

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How prominent do you think this cultural segregation is? I know that a small number of groups do withdraw from culture (they also tend to have 8 kids per family, probably are hardcore homeschoolers, and may or may not live in a commune with a small arsenal in the basement), but most Christians are actually pretty normal people. They watch normal TV shows, play normal video games, read normal books and listen to normal music. They'd likely play "Christian" games, listen to "Christian" music, read "Christian" books or watch "Christian" TV if the stuff was pretty good quality, but they're not going to relegate themselves soley to "Christian" products.

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Honestly, I don't know, as I'm not in the US, I'm in the UK.

I don't hold it absolutely and I am speaking about the sort that seem to, as you say, withdraw completely and refrain from participating with people who don't follow their religion. I'm certain there are plenty of Christians who 'mingle' with everyone else. My impression is based on an American fundamentalist I used to know over the internet, who did have the sort of nauseating derogatory attitude that things that were non-Christian are far and away from being decent or acceptable. All I'm saying is that sort of insulation and isolation is wrong, but they're absolutely free to do it if they wish, and that these games from Left Behind are a potential example of it.

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Yeah, there are some groups like that. Generally, I think they tend to be the more radical Evangelicals (who are really to blame for a lot of the misconceptions about Christianity...). A lot of Christians--especially those that belong to denominations that are considered Mainline Protestant--aren't that crazy, and I think the younger generations of Christians are much less inclined towards isolationism because they've been exposed to supposedly evil stuff and found out the truth.

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A christian job?  Outside of working for a church (which would really make you look stupid for your "cultural segregation" comment), it's illegal for any job to have any religious connotation.

And, so what if Christian people play Christian games?  If this was about Islam, nobody would be saying a damned thing.  Well, except maybe us conservatives, but then we'd be getting shit on by the liberals here on GP left and right.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

By Christian job, I do mean that in a church, or a Christian book store or so such - anything like that which shields them away from the evil outside world of secularists and heathens. In that instance, it effectively is some sort of 'cultural segregation' - why not? I really don't think that's a healthy way to live, it can easily cause bigotry and resentment to grow.

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But Atheist cultural segregation - which you seem to support - can and does support bigotry and resentment as well, so you really have no moral high ground here.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

You've proven that you have no idea what atheist means.  Firstly, there is no Atheist culture, often one of the few things that Atheists agree upon is that there is no supernatural realm.  The Christian god happens to be a part of that realm.

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Really?  There isn't an Atheist culture?  Then why in the hell are they suing every chance they get to make expression of religion illegal in this country?  Can't say the Pledge of Allegiance because it says God in it.  Can't have the Ten Commandments in a courtroom (the same Ten Commandments that our laws are based on) because that's a religious thing.  Can't say Merry Christmas because it's a relgious thing.  Atheists go to the Supreme Court for these things, claiming that Christianity is - say it with me - infringing on their culture.

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Re: Christian Game Company Not Leaving Xbox or Wii Behind

Huh? Are you an idiot?

The religion and the power MUST be clearly separated (dunno if it's stated in the US constitution but it sure is in the belgian), otherwise we go straight to the 1000's with inquisition and witch burning.

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There's a huge difference between the church ruling the government and saying god in school.  You're right, there is a separation of church and state in this country, but the same people who wrote that into our Constitution are the same ones that prominently displayed the Ten Commandments in the first United States Court.  They're also the ones that had all political figures swear an oath on the Holy Bible to protect the same Constitution that separates the Church from the government in this country.  They're also the same people that put the phrase "In God We Trust" on every piece of currency in this country.

Jackass.  Nice that you can't even spell your own fucking country's name right.  It's spelled BELGIUM.

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