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Serious games (SGs) or persuasive games are computer and video games used as persuasion technology or educational technology. They can be similar to educational games, but are often intended for an audience outside of primary or secondary education. Serious games can be of any genre and many of them can be considered a kind of edutainment.

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Thursday, 9 August 2007

Left Behind: Eternal Forces

Now that the demo has finally arrived and we get to see how things work, will the controversy revive, or just fade away? Left Behind: Eternal Forces is an RTS game based on the Left Behind series of novels by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins. The books in this series depict a vision of the end of the world loosely based on the Book of Revelations where the central event is the Rapture or mass disappearance of all of the world's Christians. Since the novels take an Action / Thriller approach, it's perhaps not surprising that a video game based on the books would be similarly action-oriented, as opposed to the generally mild and pedantic fare so far offered in most Christian video games. It is also not surprising, then, that this game has already generated a good deal of controversy, leading to a screed or two from anti-game activist and general weirdo Jack Thompson, as well as an expose of sorts at Talk 2 Action, where Jonathan Hutson was particularly critical of the game publisher's strategy of marketing it through the same network of Evangelical Churches that helped make Purpose Driven Life a best seller. I've withheld a full commentary until I got to see how the game played, but now that the demo is here, I think much of the criticism aimed at the idea of the game has been more or less right on.

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Anonymous said...

I found out what really inspired the Left Behind authors. To see the bit of history I have in mind, see PRETRIB RAPTURE DIEHARDS at your nearest MSN or Google store. Hope you enjoy it.
Melissa (outside a little town in Colorado)

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