Religious Gaming

November 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm (Religion) (, )

With thanks to GamePolitics for first bringing this story up in a place I haunt….

So, a board game out there parodying religious violence.  With figures like Buddha wielding a chaingun.

And, of course, folks are getting all bent out of shape about it.

May I ask… why? 

I mean, c’mon people, learn to laugh a bit!  And even if we ignore the (to me, obvious) humorous potential here… maybe we should think a bit about the actual message in the game.

This game is not anti-religious.  It’s anti-zealot, if anything.  Throughout history, religion has done wonders for causing violence.  The ultimate irony, to my mind, is that the peaceful ones have often proven the most bloodthirsty (you want examples?  I’ve got ’em, but they’re rather obvious.)  This isn’t because of factors directly in the religion, but in the people who’ve warped them after their founders’ deaths.  And yet, most people perpetrating it believe fully that their god is on their side.

Really, the absurdity of pitting Buddha-with-a-chaingun against Cross-wielding Jesus pales in comparison to the fact that, historically, their FOLLOWERS have been duking it out for centuries.

Maybe you don’t like the fact that your god is being portrayed as violent in this game, as a destructive force.  Be that as it may, keep things in perspective. 

This is a game. 

A board game. 

If tiny plastic Jesus behaving violently shatters or damages your faith, you were probably already having more than a few issues with it of your own.

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1 Comment

  1. Vorex said,

    Well, I know what I want for Christmas …

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