Being rather sick with the flu over the weekend I had the opportunity to sit in all day and play video Games. But I did this with a purpose, not only because it was all I was fit to do. My purpose was to review as many so called Christian Computer Games as I could find.
Recently on Stephen’s blog he exposed some of the inappropriate violence in even so called Christian computer games. I am really not concerned about the violence in video games if they are treated like games but there are many children out there that play these things that really shouldn’t because they are either too young or to impressionable to be playing these games. The best advice I can give is that a parent should play the games before they let their child play them.
But then there are inappropriate games for all ages with violence were it is never appropriate or misleading games like the so called Christian game outlined on Stephens Blog. I concur with Stephen Left Behind Games , Eternal forces is violent non-Christian garbage and yes I played it.
A Christian video game in my opinion should have no killing even in defence, killing is not what Christianity is about, it should be honest and clean and have all the ethics and morals preached by Jesus. That said a game need not be entirely educational or fiction free as most Christian video games seem to be.
Christian video games seem to be of four varieties
1. Preschool Sunday school games (there are more of these than anything else)
2. Encyclopaedic study games
3. Adventure Games
4. So called “First Person Shooter Games”
Category 1 Preschool Sunday school games have some excellent games such as Do You Know Who I Am? – A Game of Biblical Personalities for Windows by Barbor Software. They are sometimes condescending and of limited appeal to the usual gaming age group (12 to adult). The scary thing is some of these are exclusionary and say things like “people following false gods, will never know gods heaven.”
Category 2 Encyclopaedic games are great and tell Bible stories with amazing clarity and graphics try Interactive Parables by Graceworks interactive for example.
But there are others that are not so good such as Cactus Game design inc’s Catechumen which gives a very negative view of the Roman empire and a very slanted history (not that Romans were, oh to friendly to Christians, for a long period of time) That said they may not hold the attention of the gamer crowd that want to explore beyond reality.
Category 3 adventure games, these are great but all to often they involve violence that is entirely unnecessary such as the one described in Stephen’s Blog that started my quest to find a GOOD Christian video game.
It is pathetic but it seems I could only find one really Good Christian video game that appeals to gamers beyond the age of 11, Nacah by Virtue Games. Not that there aren’t more but they should not be as hard to find. If you have ever played the classic adventure game Myst you will like Nacah the following walkthrough explains it well http://www.justadventure.com/Walkthroughs/Nacah/Nacah.shtm
Category 4 games are violent and entirely IMHO un-Christian like those produced by Left Behind Games. These things are of dubious Christian value for example 3rd Day Studios’, Captain Saint a so called (by the creators) First person shooter http://3rddaystudios.com/ Even the description is sick – Captain Saint is a shoot-em up aerial game. An unrelenting force known as the ROG Alliance, have made themselves known. They have invaded the cosmos, and have taken prisoners captive. You are Captain Saint. Your mission? Set free those held captive by the ROG Alliance! Using “High paced, action packed, real-time battle action”
A Killing Saint what an entirely vile idea.
Oh well that is My take on Christian video games for those that want to do their own research and If you are a parent I suggest you do, here is a list of the ones I looked at.
- 3rd Day Studios
- Barbor Software
- Big Idea Games
- Boanerges Studios
- Breakthrough Gaming
- Brethren Entertainment
- Cactus Game Design
- Covenant Studios Inc.
- Cloud 9 Games
- Crave Entertianment
- Cruciform Studios
- Digital Praise Games
- Full Armor Studios
- Graceworks Interactive
- Inspired Idea
- Left Behind Games
- N’Lightning Software
- Rebel Planet Creations
- Remnant Entertainment
- Sabbath Software
- Shine Studios
- Third Day Games
- Top Meadow Games
- Virtue Games
- West Coast Entertainment
- White Knight Games
- Wisdom Tree