Bible-based games can be "far more rewarding" than others, dev says

Call of Abraham developer says backlash to Kickstarter campaign underscores the challenge the studio faces with its new game.

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The overwhelmingly "hostile" response to our news story about Bible-based video game Call of Abraham is evidence of the challenge the studio faces in creating the God-focused single-player role-playing game, Phoenix Interactive Studios said on its Kickstarter page.

"It truly underscores the challenge we face with our goal to produce a Bible-based video game that can make an real impact on the market, raising interest in the Bible among the youth and all gamers, while providing them a gaming experience that is even more entertaining than other mainstream titles," the development team said.

The studio hopes to overcome this challenge by proving to gamers that Call of Abraham, with its unique story and "top-quality" visuals, is worth of their time.

"We believe that Christian themed and Bible based games can be just as engaging as any other game, and far more rewarding," they added.

The studio went on to say that people who play video games are more likely to retain the information they are exposed to compared to more passive forms of entertainment like TV or movies. This is especially important for Call of Abraham, developers said, because the company's aim for the "spiritually enhancing" project is to raise awareness for God's word.

"No other form of media stimulates the senses and engages the participants as much. Games involve reading, watching, listening, interacting, critical thinking, and more," the studio said. "What a powerful medium, for good or for bad! And we know most kids and young adults are going to play one game or another."

"That's why we believe this project is so important, and can be a catalyst for a powerful movement in the video game industry where more developers will be able to follow and build more high quality games that promote the Bible and the Christian worldview," they said.

The Kickstarter campaign for Call of Abraham is not off to a quick start. After launching two days ago, it has gathered just $1,649 of its $100,000 target from 28 total backers. Funding closes on February 6.

Discussion

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Takeno456
Takeno456

I don't see what the big deal is. As far as I am concerned it will be just another game. If a game like "My Stop Smoking Coach" can somehow make it onto the market then I would be surprised if a Bible one could not. People will always have a difference of opinion when it comes to religion. Let the super energetic people on both sides of the debate fight it out. The rest of us will be gaming like usual.

Slagar
Slagar

I have no problem with a game on God's word. Good luck to them.

That said, I'd only be interested in something like this if the people "living God's word" were actually practicing what they preach. Unfortunately, in my experience, Christian (protestant) churches are places where self-serving sycophants make millions off of the suffering of the poor, and then wage religious wars and justify murder in the name of a man who stood for limitless compassion (Jesus Christ).

Very, very sick people, Christians, in my experience. I am sorry for the very few who do associate with Christianity, and who do actively practice what they preach.

mos2000
mos2000

Dear lord...no pun intended... Look, here's the thing


If they want to make a biblical game, by all means let them do it. I find the hypocrasy laughable when the roles are reversed and the people behind the same ideology of this game,  go on tirades about Postal or Mass Effect - and want to have these games banned or not made because of the "impact" they supposedly have on society...


People have the freedom to publish what they want under a premise that's LEGAL. Last time I checked, christianity, regardless of what you feel about their attempted outreach - was not a felony, nor a misdemeanor. Just as games with a more violent overtone do not need to be banished to the ends of the earth.


People... freedom of CHOICE works on both sides.  I know that many may feel that those with beliefs influencing this game are judgemental and overly aggressive about standing on a bully-pulpit and trying to socially condemn others for their choices. In a lot of cases that may be true.  But when it is true, you do not react in the same irrational behavior to show why they shouldn't do that. Lol. That's ridiculous


You respect and accept their freedom of choice as well in these matters, and if you don't like it, exercise your choice NOT TO BUY IT - that's it. You do so to better exhibit why they should do the same...

armedvigilante
armedvigilante

From a non biased standpoint i think religion should stay out of videogames but heres why. Adults play videogames to escape from their mediocre lives or to do something in their freetime. teens play videogames to play with their friends or just for fun. Atheistic teens and adults will not play those games for fun. Religious adults will already know the story and religious teens probably will as well plus most bible games i imagine arent that fun. The only market open would be religious kids but i dont think that religious kids should play a videogame to learn the story. if they are confused on something and need to ask a question on it the videogame will be unable to answer their questions. they should learn the story from their parents or bible teacher (i dont know what they call them)

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I sure do love it that people who don't believe in God at all think that insulting those who do means they are "more enlightened" or that people who follow religious ideals "aren't living in the 21st century" or some nonsense.  Look, some people believe in this stuff, some don't.  As long as those who do aren't killing people over their beliefs or instilling hatred for others through their beliefs then quit complaining.  There's nothing wrong with these people making this game.  If the game sucks, it sucks.  If it's good, it's good.  Either way, hating people who want to make a Bible based game is stupid and childish.  It's not like this is the first Bible based game anyway.  And it's not like these people are from Westburo Baptist Church anyway!

jonny_dutch
jonny_dutch

Am I the only person who sees this as massively problematic? Kids are going to be given this piece of shit, and it's going to feed a sugar coated, talking-vegetable story to them, about how its a good thing to kill your family members if you hear a voice that tells you to.

Religious games, or any religious media, needs to have an age restriction, its nothing short of child abuse to try brainwash your kids into all this hateful "love" you go on about.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

The Bible is already dungeons and dragons so I don't see why it wouldn't make for good game material, as long as it's always satirical and twisted.

Moonco
Moonco

I imagine the developers strapping non believers down on a bed so they can throw holy water at them while shouting "The power of Christ compels you! The power of Christ compels you"

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

The funniest comments are the ones that say something like this: "everyone hates god but GTA is okay blah blah liberal media policies are to blame blah blah people need the bible to not become whores blah blah obamacare sucks blah blah." The bible is a best seller. Nothing more. Let them create their game, who cares. Pretty sure there have been other religious games that have flopped. Why not add one more.

angeloti83
angeloti83

Sounds good,as a christian I´d be glad to see a game based on the bible. (if we have games based on mythology and other beliefs why not the bible?)

musalala
musalala

Wow people are still commenting ...god-tier trolling Eddie ...god tier

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

So many religious hostility, If you read history, these whole epic religious global conflict was caused by British Empire.


if only British Empire did not destroy the Ottomans, conflict like sectarian war in Lebanon (Christians, Shiite), Zionist State (Jews), Resurrection of Caliphate (Islam), and Mid-East vs U.S military might never happened.

and also British invasion in India was the cause of bloody conflict between Hindu and minority, which trigger the separation of Pakistan..

armedvigilante
armedvigilante

@jonny_dutch if a child actually hears voices in his head telling him to kill his family Hes either going to kill them or go insane regardless of whether he played a video game.

neroist
neroist

@resorberThat may be your belief. As for others they are allowed the freedom to seek God. Would you really want laws banning peoples beliefs? Communism and some Fascist regimes do that if your into that kinda thing.

KTfreak4Jesus2
KTfreak4Jesus2

@angeloti83 I do say its always good to see games based on the Bible.... but they usually suck. Like.... really bad.

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

Because the mythological games like god of war aren't pushing an agenda as this game will be. This is an attempt at indoctrination. The developer wants to spread the word.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Ladiesman17 So the crusades which took place 6 centuries before there even was a British Empire are attributable to the British Empire?

lpool8
lpool8

@Ladiesman17 what?? the crusades where started by the French and other European countries.. England wasnt even active during the 1st crusade (and if your wondering why im talkin about the crusades its because the crusades where long before the British empire was formed).. in fact if you want to go even further back the Roman empire ultimately divided due to fighting with the pagan and the Christian religions.. in fact and intelligent and educated mind might go as far to say that violence would occur regardless of religion, race, country or power as it is animal nature to fight for dominance and humans especially dont like whats different

Slagar
Slagar

@neroist@resorberDo you know what communism is? Nope? Then don't comment on it pretending you understand it.

Primeyuri
Primeyuri

@neroist @resorber difference between advertising BS and actual believing BS. Of coarse everyone has/should have the right to believe any BS they want as long as it doesn't negativily effects others.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Grenadeh @Crowgasm888 @lpool8

You guys seems can't comprehend. sigh...  I'll wrap as much as possible. 


1. The time of religious conflict (Dark age)

- Hundred years of bloody religious conflict lead toward Holy Crusade, which resulted 1/2 global population affected.

- After Holy Crusade ended, there's peace treaty between Muslims and Christians, religious war stopped.- During this time, the one who holds power in Mid-East were the Ottoman, Ottoman rules majority lands in Mid-East.
Point of religious peace (*)- *In times of Ottoman, religious conflict stopped, which slowly affect the rest of the world.
2. The cause (Past)- Ottoman invaded by British Empire, which results an end of Ottoman Caliphate in 1924.- With the absence of Ottoman, it put Mid-East in turmoil, religious conflict slowly started again.- It gives fertile ground toward Sectarian, Annexation, Politics, Ideology, Regime, Uprising, etc.

3. (Past) had effect toward (Present)- Century of conflict lead toward hatred, a resentment of Muslim lead toward terrorism.- Extreme Fundamentalism, Zionism grows.
- After the fall of Ottoman in 1924, religious conflict started in Jerusalem, then Palestine > Israel > Iraq > Iran > Lebanon > Afghan > Somalia > Pakistan > France > Libya > NATO > UN > Syria > Arab Saudi > UK > Egypt > Russia > China > France > Today 1/4 Nations already involved because of conflict in Jerusalem.- Currently there's an uprising in peaceful Egypt, there's resentment toward religions in peaceful state like UK, and U.S, before long it will spread across European, Asia, and America.

4. Prediction (Future)- If there's conflict, then there's an Ideology, Politics, Weapons, Energy, Society etc involved. it lead toward chaotic events which is described in Butterfly Effect, - Example: U.S Russia Proxy War (Weapons) in Mid-East which totally unrelated with religion, or initial aim of Fundamental group like Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Taliban (was the restoration of the Caliphate), but then lead toward something else (U.S hostility, terrorism, etc).- Social Cycle Theory leads toward greater conflict in the future, and it will need another century to be suppressed again (contained).

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Crowgasm888 @Ladiesman17 

lol, where's the part I'm insulting an Ottoman?? I'm criticizing the British Empire.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@lpool8 @Ladiesman17  

- Wrong, Holy Crusades not started by French, it started by Byzantine Empire after the defeat against Seljuq Empire, 

- After long and exhausting wars, 7th Crusade ended with peace treaty between Muslims and Christians.

- Conflict in Middle-East started because of British Invasion and it will affect the entire world, not in Instant but slowly.


Global Conflict that we see today is a "Butterfly Effects" which is started by British Empire.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@Sundberg_man @Ladiesman17 Well yeah, the British pillaged and plundered the crap out of India and the Middle East along with France and of course later the master nation the US.

They destroyed the the pre-colonial Indian economy. Heck, the British had slavery in India until 1920!

I don't understand why anyone would be an apologist the British Empire or any Empire. The British were not going their to be nice guys.

Crowgasm888
Crowgasm888

@Ladiesman17Try re-reading the comment. Perhaps another point you missed, along your meandering path of historical fiction.

lpool8
lpool8

@Ladiesman17 @lpool8  i dont know where your comments gone but your trying to blame the U.S coalition and invasion of Afghanistan on the British? also i'm fully aware of the ciaos theory but the British like all wars and empires what not religion but money wealth and power all you have to do is look at the Gurkha regiment within the British army which are from the Himalayas in India and still follow there own culture and religion. the British cant be to blame if nation choose to surrender there culture. the simple fact is however im a man of science there fore i refuse to believe any war is religious all you have to do is look at the IRA and Al Qaeda claim to fight for religion yet it just so happens that they both profit hugely from selling guns and drugs... how convenient?.. war is just animal nature fighting for territory and dominance people complicate it far to much violence is the natural order of life what ever animal so war would start regardless of Britain involvement if the British hadn't come along the French would have or another empire

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@lpool8 @Ladiesman17  

I'm speaking about Global Conflict in the U.S, Afghan, Iraq Iran, Syria (Today), Somalia, Libya, Lebanon. The uprising of Zionism, Islamic State, Fundamentalism, US Russia Proxy War in the Mid-East etc

I'm correlate that with Butterfly Effects.

and it met in one specific point, "The Invasion of British Empire in the Middle-East (I'm reading a lot of History books/article btw.)


Butterfly Effects is a concept which small action trigger a huge chaos.


I'm not talking about British Empire during the time of Richard the Lionheart, or Scotland. Holy Crusade ended with peace treaty after all. what I'm talking about, is that all hell break loose after the invasion of British Empire specifically in the Middle-East and it affect religious peace.

lpool8
lpool8

@Ladiesman17 @lpool8 btw should also be worth noting that im only talkin about the 3 in which England (not Britain) where involved not all 9 of them if your reffaring to all 9 (which you seem to be) England only entered on the 3rd which is my point

lpool8
lpool8

@Ladiesman17 @lpool8 your chattin sh*t for one those where different wars Im refraining too the main 3 in which random kings and noblemen marched on to the holy lands to "reclaim" it after the crusades your talking about and the then retaking of the Muslims took back there homeland even so it was never one nation and still not started by the English the English only entering with king Richard "the lion heart" no matter how you look at it the English for once are actually not to blame.. secondly even if those where relevant this still excludes the British empire as religious conflicts date back far before the English formed with Scotland even then the British empire was not the only one the Spanish and French again being just as much to blame more so in fact because by the time of the British empire Britain was now protestant answering to the church of England not catholic which answer to Rome the pope the same Rome which you may say started it all off in the 1st place.. the fact is no matter how you look at it the British Empire did not start religious war.. the fact you believe the British Empire and England (especially medieval England) to be same same reinforces my believe your just angry with the British even though you dont actually seem to know who the British or English are

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Kristan1711 

Like I've said, they were at peace before. 

after the failed Holy Crusade, Islam, Jews, and Christian lived in harmony.

but then it started again by British Empire.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Sundberg_man @Kristan1711 @noandno @musalala

After the fall of  Ottoman, many Nations were at civil war, Israel claimed by Jews, Palestine by Islam, Syria ruled by Alawite, Israel want annex Palestine, Iraq ruled by regime, Iraq want annex Iran, Iran become hostile and blame Sunni, They call their supreme leader, Khomeini gives fatwa against Sunni, Arabs became greedy, Persian (Iran) against Arabs, etc etc etc. Mid-East getting crazy. Fundamentalist aimed to resurrect the Caliphate to bring the peace in Mid-East, U.S against the idea, Islam terrorize West, Jews terrorize Islam, Iran terrorize Jews, Jews kill Palestine, Regime born here and there, (Syria and Libya), Westerners Jihadi comes to Syria, NATO comes to Libya, Libya hatred toward Westerners, NATO invade Libya, Fundamentalist in Somalia, West is at war with them, Alliance helped U.S, Mid-East hate toward West, I could go on and on.


It's spiraling out of control, chaotic and many Nations around the globe affected,


noandno
noandno

@Kristan1711 I'm pretty sure not all Christians are like that. The minority sometimes speak the loudest

musalala
musalala

@Ladiesman17 @Sundberg_man There are even places in the Koran where Muhamed Commands muslims to live in peace with Jews and Christians because they are brothers in Faith through Abraham,

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Kristan1711 

No, You wrong. People were able to lives together despite religious difference.

the problem arise after the British invasion. and it's really, really huge.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@Kristan1711 Don't really see the logic with that. So hundred of thousands where killing each other but not because they where having a conflict but because they where stupid? So they just accidentally walked in groups of 50 000 each and because they where stupid ( not having a conflict ) they started fighting each other out of stupidity ( because they 


If you believe that then you sir are the real moron here ^^