Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No Stinking Demons

May 15, 2012 -

Fox News has an interesting story on one developer who is not afraid to go head-to-head with Blizzard's Diablo III - in fact their game features the ultimate demon fighter (sans the actual fighting with demons). While Blizzard was launching one of the biggest games of the year, Christian software developer Lightside Games was launching a new Facebook game featuring Jesus called Journey of Jesus: The Calling. They call it the first-ever game based on the life of Jesus. Besides delivering the story of Jesus and his ministry, the game lets players explore familiar biblical locations, search for items and interact with the politicians and religious orders of the era.

"Both games immerse the player, and you are what you eat," Dusing said in a statement to Fox News. "While one game goes one direction, ‘Journey of Jesus: The Calling’ players walk in the Messiah’s steps, in an authentic experience of Israel in Christ’s time."

But even Fox News is wise enough to mention that in Diablo III you are the good guy saving the world.

To play the new Facebook game, players simply search for the app and install it. Lightside describes its game as such: "Play the first ever video game about Jesus! A fun adventure quest game where you overcome obstacles, fulfill missions, and participate in miracles. Play the story of Jesus!" Prior to tackling the story of Jesus, Lightside told the story of the old Testament hero Moses in the game "The Journey of Moses."

"Why would a theologian endorse a social-gaming game?," asked Darrell Bock, research professor of New Testament studies with the Dallas Theological Seminary rhetorically in the press release announcing the game’s release. "Because 300 million people weekly log on to social games and because 'Journey of Jesus: The Calling' takes players closer to the life of Christ in a fun, reflective and entertaining way."

Lighside claims that more than 2 million players played its last social game, Journey of Moses. That game launched in 2011.

Source: Fox News


Comments

Re: Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No ...

I've heard that the final battle with Jesus is one of the most difficult boss fights in years

Re: Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No ...

"the first-ever game based on the life of Jesus."  i could be wrong, but isnt this a bit of a stretch?  wasnt there at least one other game previous to this that was 'based on the life of jesus'?

Re: Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No ...

Wow, a popular game rammed through both the Facebook and Jesus filters? I have to admit that I'm incredibly curious how awful it is.

Has anybody played it who can give a report on its value as a game?

Re: Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No ...

in fact their game features the ultimate demon fighter (sans the actual fighting with demons

I don't know, that whole thing with the Gadarene swine might count.

That said, I'd say that I expect this to go the same way as all other halfassed "Christian alternatives" that are too focused on tribalism and not focused enough on actually being enjoyable, but given the number of people who unironically enjoyed Cow Clicker, I'm not sure it would really make a difference.

Re: Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No ...

"You can do amazing things like oppress gays (God hates fags), endorse slavery, make wives submit to their husbands, refuse to heal people based on their ethnicity (no Canaanites!), beat (or kill) unruly children, repress science, subvert (or kill) unbelievers, and offer daughters to be gang-raped!

Diablo might be less grotesque."

That's kind of like grouping all gamers together saying that gamers are all fat, smelly geeks who live in their parent's basement. Just because *some* are that way, does not mean all of them are.

Re: Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No ...

I doubt any reasonable person thinks all Christians have any/all of these attributes, but the book from which they derive their beliefs endorses each and every one of those behaviours. That's why there are so many denominations of the religion, because there is no clear message. Ancient man wasn't very good with plot holes.

But a game based on the Bible and the alleged teachings of Jesus could easily and legitimately have all these things. And, quite frankly, the horrors of the Bible would make for a more terrifying game than anyone behind the Diablo series could come up with on their own.

Re: Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No ...

Provided such a game could make it past the censors. And even then, that's assuming that religious groups wouldn't jump on it so bad as to render it unbuyable anywhere.

Re: Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No ...

No love for dark-skinned people in the Holy Land?

Re: Journey of Jesus: The Calling Ain't Afraid of No ...

You can do amazing things like oppress gays (God hates fags), endorse slavery, make wives submit to their husbands, refuse to heal people based on their ethnicity (no Canaanites!), beat (or kill) unruly children, repress science, subvert (or kill) unbelievers, and offer daughters to be gang-raped!

Diablo might be less grotesque.

 
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