Violent Christian game riles critics

Left Behind‘ franchise targets video gamers with fighting, gunplay
Religion News Service

Sex and violence are the bread and butter of the video game industry. But a new game aimed at Christian teens is banking on blockbuster status by replacing the sex with prayer — while keeping the violence.

Players can either join the Christians and kill nonbelievers, or join the demonic forces and smite Christians, in “Left Behind: Eternal Forces,” a video game due out this fall as part of the wildly popular “Left Behind” franchise of novels.

“Eternal Forces” is the latest effort by Tyndale House Publishers to profit from the “Left Behind” novels, a series about the apocalypse that its authors claim has won over converts to Christianity.

But “Eternal Forces” may be the franchise’s most controversial product — more so than any of the books or movies. The game purports to teach Christian values while allowing players to kill in the name of either Christianity or the Antichrist.

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