Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at Scientology, Says Visceral

February 3, 2011 -

Did Visceral Games take a quiet shot at Scientology, or is the Dead Space series religion Unitology just a fake religion that only-coincidently sounds like the religion created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard? There has been a lot of speculation about Unitology in the community, but Visceral Game's Creative Director, Wright Bagwell, says the parallels between the two are simply a coincidence.

Speaking to MTV Multiplayer, Bagwell described Unitology as a religion that was intended to represent what happens when a religion and its followers become fanatical in their beliefs.

"We never really approach that discussion with the intention of poking fun at a particular religion, or sort of making a social statement about something that's going on right now," Bagwell tells MTV. "For us, Unitology's purpose in the story represents people's illogical thinking about things they don't understand. It was never really intended to be a jab at any particular religion. I know people have said, 'Oh yeah, it's a jab at Scientology.' It was never really intended. I think people get that a lot because the name is very similar."

Bagwell went on to say that the religion created for the games was meant to serve as "an observation about what can happen to anybody who is fanatical and illogical about their beliefs."

If you are looking for a game that takes Scientology head-on, check out Ultima VII: The Black Gate and the religious cult in it known as "The Fellowship."

Source: TVG


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Re: Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at ...

If you want a more straight up parody, FallOut 2 had it nailed down:

http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Hubologists

Re: Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at ...

Well they are equally as crazy XD

Re: Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at ...

Probably just trying to cover their butts with how sue hapy the "Church" of scientology is.

Re: Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at ...

 +1

That's exactly what I thought.

Re: Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at ...

 Hail Xenu!!!

Re: Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at ...

 Heretic!

 PRAISE ALTMAN

Re: Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at ...

 If you actually read up on Unitology on any Dead Space wiki, you'll find that it's quite different.

Re: Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at ...

Not including the origins and belief, everything else seems pretty damn similar. They way they operate, and the in-church rankings. Too damn many coincidences if it is indeed as Bagwell said it to be.

Also the fact that Unitology became mainstream is different too.

Re: Unitology in Dead Space Series Not a Jab at ...

I've played both dead space games and there is not enough detail in how the religion works to claim any connection between the two other than the fact that both reference aliens though in different ways and the fact that it is a cult. Just as there will always be similarities in the way different thieves operate there will always be similiarities between cults simply because they are such.

 
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