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'Satanic-themed videogames' concern Christian alarmist

1:00 PM on 02.24.2010 // Jim Sterling
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Worried that videogames may be teaching your children to worship the Horned One? Fear not, my good friends, because a righteous crusader is here to save us all! Philadelphia paper The Bulletin sheds light on mostly old and/or obscure games, ironically providing more coverage to titles that have been ignored for years.

Writer Lance Christian (a fitting name) has given these games some free advertising, while warning parents about how they "are cashing in on the satanic, anti-Catholic and the general anti-religion content themes and using them as a draw for buyers."

"I feel that the devil has a new tool to work with in this age of technology," he writes, "and the majority of adults in a position of responsibility are left in the dark." Here are some of the games he hates the most:

Tecmo’s Deception: Invitation To Darkness: Players “make an unholy pact and sell their soul to Satan in exchange for power” with the object of the game being to ensure the resurrection of Satan and obtain his power.
Nocturne: A game in which the hero (a demon) destroys the three Archangels St. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, then goes on to destroy God.
Shadow Hearts: The hero uses his power to intercept and destroy God and “save the world.”
Dragon’s Age Origins: The game revolves around the story of God going mad and cursing the world. A witch attacks believers and players can “have sex” with her in a pagan act called “blood magic” so she can “give birth to a god.” Another scenario allows players to have sex with a demon in exchange for a boy’s soul.

Dante's Inferno, Guitar Hero, Darksiders, Devil Summoner, Koudelka, Trapt and Bayonetta are also on his hit list. 

I think it's great that if some random dude talks about how devils are trying to destroy us, we lock them in a mental hospital. However, so long as they say they're a Catholic while they're talking about demons and invisible friends, we let these people walks the streets. Even better, we give them newspaper columns like this, where they can spout their schizophrenic nonsense for all to see. 

The Devil isn't real, by the way. Just a heads up.

PSA: Beware the Proliferation of Satanic-Themed Games [GamePolitics]



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