Now HERE'S something I can do with a CS degree
I just came across a fascinating article at Cnet's news.com about the burgeoning Christian computer-game phenomenon which is sweeping the nation. The developers apparently feel that what Christianity needs these days is another attempt to fit in with mainstream pop culture -- after all, if we can lure kids away from Green Day with Christian rock, we'll have them leaving their Grand Theft Auto CDs to gather dust in the drawer in no time.
As I started this article, I was reflecting to myself that I really don't think I could devise a computer game that could pass as truly Biblical. I mean, the Bible is, barring some of the gorier bits toward the end that really don't play as family material, about stuff that already happened. Not exactly dynamic and engaging.
However, that's just because I don't have the kind of grand and glorious vision that inspires these people. I visited the website for one of the companies mentioned in the article, and I was so overwhelmed by their vision that I had trouble breathing for a while.
It's hard to pick a favorite out of these games. I've narrowed it down to two. One is the side-achingly-named Fluffy and God's Amazing Christmas Adventure. Frankly, it's hard not to be stunned by a vision of this caliber: And God is bursting with interactive stories, details, background info and questions... If you get bored with God and his boring old bursting interactive stories ("you know how God is"), there's the "really thought-provoking" DJ Fluffy Jam.
The other contender for my favorite game comes straight from the realm of Kick Me, Jesus, Through the Goalposts of Life. It's the BIBLE GRAND SLAM DELUXE -- best imagined with Strongbad's announcer voice -- Biblical football!! You can play against a friend OR one of the game's six "biblical computer opponents." (Those of you who were unaware that the Bible said anything about computers, much less game AI, apparently didn't catch the A&E special last year which suggested that the Bible contains messages that were coded in by aliens with the aid of computers. And clearly any such aliens would have been sure to leave six encoded computerized football players. Ha ha! Boy, do I bet YOU feel silly!) You have to be careful, though -- you don't want to foul up the game, 'cause the penalties... Well, nothing's more irritating than sitting back with a brewski to watch my favorite team head out to cream their big rival, only to have the QB miss a Biblical-trivia question and get sacked inside the first five minutes.
Up next: a computer game based on Song of Solomon.
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