My theory as to why all bible games have been terrible.

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Nieroshai:
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This is a 2 year old thread. What's wrong with you?

s69-5:
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That's right, you should be ashamed.

Aby_Z:

Nieroshai:
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This is a 2 year old thread. What's wrong with you?

s69-5:
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That's right, you should be ashamed.

Good for you, you owned me in front of the whole forum. You deserve a cookie.

Snark for snark aside, I found this through today's hot topics tab. It may be old, but it's not dead.

Monsterfurby:

Nieroshai:

Aby_Z:
Perhaps it's also that a good deal of people are moving towards becoming Atheist or otherwise not part of the main, big religions. Because of this, making a game about the Bible wouldn't go down too well with this growing majority and the game wouldn't sell to well.

So it must be about a religion dying, not about the terrible quality of these cash-ins. And Christianity is on the rise, especially in China. Especially in China. Its illegality is only making it grow faster there than anywhere else.

The thing is - Atheism is not a non-religion. It is a religious confession like any other, with more informal structures, admittedly, but even Atheism hat its sects and confessions, its leaders and followers, its canon and tradition.

People may shift between religions, but I can only guess that Atheism will see a similar development eventually.

One shouldn't kid oneself - any religious stance that is followed with any sort of certainty (i.e. 'belief') is religion. The only thing that falls out of this is agnosticism ('I don't know' instead of 'I believe) and cynical mock religions.

And then there are Agnostic Theists like myself. Sounds complicated, but summarizes prettily into "Faith in a higher power is a higher power in itself".

You misquote me. "So it must be about a religion dying" was referring to Christianity ("a" religion) not all religions at large. And isn't agnosticism the belief that ultimate truth is not just currently unknown, but indefinitely unknowable? I thought agnosticism was the definite belief in uncertainty, not just being on the fence.

I'll throw my two cents in here. Part of why they are a bad is a piece of the "Christian Tribe" mythos. The games don't exist to actually stand or fall on their quality, but to be a part of Christian chic that, by being bought, establish the buyer's credibility within the tribe. "Look, I bought my kids Bible games!" They aren't really games but talismans in game form. Quality (or lack thereof) is a non-issue.

Another part of it is the deep distrust for agency in Christianity. Playing a game gives power and choice to the player: that doesn't square well with absolute reliance on God. Which is why a huge chunk of the "games" are Bible trivia and memorization with no real role or importance placed on the player.

cause every time a good bible related game is made, we have to listen to a couple dozen million christians bitch about crap. BTW Dante's Inferno was badass, I LOVE that game.

skywolfblue:
1) Right off the bat, over half the gaming population hates the game, simply for being about the bible.

2) Take too many liberties and it ceases being a game about the bible to being "we bastardized elements from the bible and twisted them for our own benefit" or "to make it fit".

3) Take too few, and it becomes too rigid a framework for most gameplay.

If you manage to survive that minefield you still have to go through:

Thaius:
EDIT: I would like to point out that there are plenty of stories from the Old Testament that would make great games, but unfortunately the violence in them would only feed the ignorance that inspires people to claim modern Christianity as a religion of violence. It would be awesome, but it would not be a good idea.

^ That.

If the game is violent, people go on a rampage claiming that Christianity is brutal.
If the game is non-violent, people complain that it's boring.

There are already a few posts on this thread that fell into that trap. Ignoring the whole point of Christianity (Hint: Love thy neighbor) they point to some of the violence of the old testament and use that to paint Christians with.

Ummm, go read Deuteronomical history and the conquests of the Israelites. You tell me that the complete extermination of entire tribes and hanging the heads of kings on the roadways...BY GOD'S CHAMPIONS... isn't over the top violent.

Oh, and before you try the pacifistic line, the NT also contains the verse "If he has a shirt and no sword, let him sell his shirt and buy a sword" and Christ himself shall return "not to bring peace, but a sword".

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