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Did you know the Left Behind video game had two sequels?

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I didn’t.   This commercial is about a year old.

This is one of those things where I watch this and ask myself, “Did they even look at this before they posted it?”

It looks like the third installment was another bog standard, low rent RTS with the usual “kill or convert” moral choice system.   It’s obviously wrapped up in sweetness and light, but it still manages to make hiring and then assaulting a prostitute in GTA3 look wholesome by comparison.

I also like the little back stories they gave hero characters, like, totally ripped from the headlines! (of Jack Chick tracts, naturally)

Anybody else play this game? I got through about four missions of the first game before I couldn’t handle the interstitial Christian Adult Contemporary soundtrack any longer.  Back when we were a more visually oriented show, I was planning a show where we’d kick back for an hour and play games like these.

Actually, that still might be a cool event.

And wow, this commercial.   Given my usual view of malice vs. idiocy, the usual lack of cultural awareness in the evangelical movement, and what I know about fans of the Left Behind novels and associated media, it would be really difficult for me to say that this is a commercial written and produced by racists.

However, it’s not difficult for me to say that this commercial would serve equally well as a teaser for “The Turner Diaries for Kids!”.

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About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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9 Comments on "Did you know the Left Behind video game had two sequels?"

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Neth
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I have got SO many of these Christian-themed games and they’re all pretty terrible. Collecting strange games is kind of a hobby of mine. I have several on the NES and even one for the PS2. The Left Behind games were something I never collected.

I think that Seanbaby put it best when he said, in regards to Christian games, “Christian anything sucks worse than regular anything.”

If you guys still want to do a show about these games, let me know. I’d love to help.

Neth

Dean Jones
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Actually, I knew about the first sequel but not the second. I assume that LB3 has the same rules as in LB2: you can play as the evil side if you want but it’s *literally* impossible to win.

Larry Brunswick
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Left Behind was so disappointing. I love Chick Tracts, and I was hoping that the books would have the same sort of lovingly-crafted “Rapture porn” that I find so amusing. Alas, they somehow managed to turn the End of Times into a snoozefest.

David Johnson
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I’d bet that a lot of Christian parents would be turned off by the game “being about the antichrist”

Dean Jones
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The trouble with Christian-anything is exactly what Christians find so appealing about it…the main focus of the development team is on their god. They’re making a game/movie/whatever and the thing they care the most about isn’t their product and it’s not their end-user. Of course their product is going to be garbage – they’re churning out something to impress someone who’s never going to play it.

download
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I tried playing the first one, but it crashed halfway through the tutorial and I couldn’t get it to run again.
The odd thing is that nowadays indie devs constantly prove you don’t need to have a massive budget to make a great game, but Inspired Games still can’t figure out how to use a lighting engine.

An exercise: go to Youtube and search for “overgrowth”. That’s an indie game that’s been in development for a while now. Contrast that with gameplay footage from any Christian video game.

fred johnson
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This ad uses similar imagery to allot of Islamic propaganda.

Ellemar
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And of course, the white kid is the shining hero, and the minorities are the corrupted masses.

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