The Purpose-Driven Life Takers
Posted on May 31, 2006
Christian fundamentalist Tim LaHaye’s series of “Left Behind” books has been made into a Grand Theft Auto-style video game. Preview: The main character says “Praise the Lord” after blowing away a heathen.
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Let’s see: We’ve got a deputy undersecretary of defense who sees the war on terror as a fight between Judeo-Christians and Satan; a president who has called the war on terror a “crusade” and, now, video game makers encouraging preteens to kill heathens.
If those are the people being saved, Leave Me Behind.
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.
As the video game industry gathers at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week for the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, a devout group of publishers is praying for a direct strike on their elusive target: the eternal souls of game players.
One game, “Left Behind: Eternal Forces,” which debuts today at the expo, features plenty of biblical smiting, albeit with high-tech weaponry as players battle the forces of the Antichrist in a smoldering world approaching Armageddon.
The creators hope the game packs enough action to appeal to a generation of kids reared on such titles as “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and subtly coax them to consider their own spirituality.
In this screenshot from the video game “Left Behind: Eternal Forces” the main character takes out the forces of the Antichrist—all in a day’s work for a God-fearing Christian.