Kickstarter For Christian-Themed RPG Aims To Encourage More Religious Gaming Experiences
I’ll be the first person to defend a developer’s right to freedom of expression when designing a game, within certain boundaries of course. A new Christian-themed title, named Bible Chronicles: Call of Abraham, doesn’t overstep any boundaries, but it certainly has caused a stir in the gaming community.
Unsurprisingly, it’s those that aren’t religious that seem to have a problem with it.
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Phoenix Interactive Studios launched the Kickstarter for their Bible-themed title just a few days ago, and on top of gathering a rather small amount in a few days the game has garnered some unwelcome attention gamers worldwide. Well, you would think it would be unwelcomed, but the development team sees this as a challenging in changing perceptions on religious-based digital experiences.
“We believe that Christian themed and Bible based games can be just as engaging as any other game, and far more rewarding.”
“No other form of media stimulates the senses and engages the participants as much. Games involve reading, watching, listening, interacting, critical thinking, and more. What a powerful medium, for good or for bad! And we know most kids and young adults are going to play one game or another.”
“That’s why we believe this project is so important, and can be a catalyst for a powerful movement in the video game industry where more developers will be able to follow and build more high quality games that promote the Bible and the Christian worldview.”
It makes perfectly good sense when you think about it, and I’m pretty sure some people’s perceptions on the “damaging” effects of games could be changed with a title like this coming into circulation. Problem is the community doesn’t seem to be on-board when you look at the majority of the comments, and the pledges for this title really does make a convincing argument.
Bible Chronicles will put players in control of an unknown character during the times of Abraham, following events depicted in the Bible very closely. The game will feature RPG elements and even cast the player in pivotal Biblical events, such as the moment an angel intervened and prevented Abraham from killing his own son.
This kind of topic can be really sensitive to a lot of people, but I really do think there’s a strong debate to be had here. Should religious experiences have a place in gaming? If not, why shouldn’t they be? And if so, would it really help spread the ideals of whatever religion it’s depicting?
Sound off in the comments below. And please, keep things civil.