Bible game Call of Abraham heads to Steam Greenlight

Call of Abraham submitted to Steam's community-based user-voting platform.

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Following its launch on Kickstarter earlier this week, developer Phoenix Interactive Studios has submitted its Bible-based game Bible Chronicles: Call of Abraham to Steam Greenlight.

Steam Greenlight allows Steam's 65 million members to have a say in what games appear on the digital distribution service through its community-based voting system.

The Steam Greenlight page for Call of Abraham is currently filled with comments voicing a range of opinions about the game. Some users are saying they would support such a game, while others believe the title will only continue the trend of mediocre Bible-based games.

Meanwhile, the Call of Abraham Kickstarter campaign is not off to a quick start. At press time, the project has amassed just $2,354 of its $100,000 goal from 48 total backers. The campaign closes on February 6.

Call of Abraham is described as the first Bible-based game of its kind thanks to its "top-notch" graphics and "action-packed" story. In the game you play as a member of Abraham's caravan and will travel to cities like Memphis and Haran before partaking in the Battle of Siddim.

According to Phoenix Interactive Studios, most of the game's programming, terrain, and characters are finalized. Funds from the Kickstarter campaign will go towards expediting the development process while also giving developers the resources needed to optimize character models and cinematics.

Overall, Call of Abraham aims to "stir hunger for God's word," according to developers. They even say that Bible-based games can be "far more rewarding" than others.

Discussion

374 comments
Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Well there is enough god sanctioned rape, pillaging and murder in the Bible to make a decent action game....I can give them that. But I doubt it's that kind of game as only 10% of Christians have read the whole bible. Most just cherry pick out the good and less insane parts.

"Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked.  Show no mercy; have no pity!  Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children.  But do not touch anyone with the mark.  Begin your task right here at the Temple."  So they began by killing the seventy leaders.  "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded.  "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill!  Go!"  So they went throughout the city and did as they were told."  (Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT)
 
I think even Kratos would take pause.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

wow...as a console gamer...I'm jealous.


(yes, that is heavy sarcasm)

catsimboy
catsimboy

After seeing their trailer on the greenlight page I can say that 'The You Testament' still looks more interesting than this. At least in that game you could mod Goku's face onto Jesus, characters came in hilariously giant or small sizes, and the guards had a strict 'sit on the ground' curfew.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

It would be funny if it suddenly turned into a first-person shooter titled "Call of Abraham: Bible Warfare."

armedvigilante
armedvigilante

People so easily lash out at others for not believing the same thing as them. But the world would be such a better place if everyone got along. And honestly if someone tries to convert you you shouldnt get mad that they are a christian, you should be happy that atleast they tried, because in their mind they are trying to save you from "an eternity of suffering" now imagine that. i cant think of many people who would give to shits about someone they have never met before.


And im not a christian but i do believe in a God. but i look at it this way. If they are right we all burn and they go to heaven. and if they are wrong than they lived as a good person and we all go to the same place anyway. No harm done ya feel?


AdderD
AdderD

Call of Eddie: Mak Ops

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

thing is a game based on religious stories has the potential to be very good, but this game just doesn't look like it's going to deliver

delta5931
delta5931

Steam Greenlight is beyond broken. Just look at what happened with Day One: Garry's Incident...

gamist
gamist

So... for multi-player, we'll hear bible verses thrown in all direction like we hear verbal and hate speeches with COD?

vadagar1
vadagar1

in my religion its encouraged to take such stories for their symbolic nature and not try to put faces and recreate events that we are 99% oblivious about....


we dont know how these people looked like


nor what they wore or what they were like on a day to day basis, we just assume pretty much everything 


the whole point of religion is to make people act less like selfish assholes and not to hang on the petty details... sadly even then people manage to mutilate every religion on earth to suit there sick twisted needs

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

i like seeing devs take risks, so I hope this does well, and gets the ball rolling for other projects.

realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

I don't see why everyone is complaining.  Abraham and the story of his life were pretty metal.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

I think a religion based game could be interesting, but...most of those who would want to make one want a sales pitch for their religion, and not a game based in that religion. Not to mention all the baggage involved. I think the best games that explore religious ideas are ones with fictional gameworld religions. But yeah, like christian rock this will probably find it's audience. I guess when it comes right down to it, like christian rock, I'd like to see a christian game made by cartman.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

I just don't get the hate this game is getting.  If you don't like it, don't get it.  Maybe there are people out there that might actually want to play this game.  Would be nice, though, if the developers put more substance into the graphics, though.  I will say that, but as a Christian, I would play this game.  You people should stop bashing it so hard.  No one is forcing it down your throats.

kutulu1
kutulu1

God no! Leave religion out of videogames. It's bad enough we have Xbox trying to shove TV down our throats, now we have to read about religion. Religion is the biggest cause of all of the worlds problems. We don't need it.


If this game is successful, then the Jewish and Islamic community will want to get in on it which will lead to a fracturing of the gaming industry; sect based videogames. God help us all if the Jehovah Witness's want in too. Heck, maybe the Vatican will make pedophilia games.


The gaming community needs to be harmonious. Religion will just segregate us. We do okay with just a console war. Let's leave it at that.

max-hit
max-hit

It's always a good idea to make video games based on fairy tales.

scraggly_bear
scraggly_bear

@Damnation_6  
I can completely understand your viewpoint given a scripture like that. My comment isn't geared towards you and more towards those who may read that and think why does the bible say stuff like that?

The bible is translated imprefectly, this translation, the NLT, more so (no offense to those who read it). The King's James Version is still not perfect as all those who worked on it made word choices that didn't always fit. The KJV doesn't sound much nicer than what you quoted (lol) but it's 1) much less bloodthirsty and doesn't REVEL in death like this and 2) is much more context based as a prophecy of the separation of the wicked at the end, not a current command to kill. Even if you don't believe the Bible, as many people don't, one would have to admit there are evil people in the world. More than that, it's not our job to judge who will be separated into a "wicked" group and who won.t It's actually NOT the Lord's command to kill the wicked, lol

Modern revelation has done much to fill understanding of why the bible either says the things it says or what it actually means. For instance, God will never and has never commanded to rape, any interpretation or translation that indicates that is in error. Context for when God commanded the invasion of Caanan is given in other scriptures and explained in modern revelation. 

I believe we are all God's children, he knows us and loves us as such and it's his job to judge the hearts of man, not ours, and he'l judge probably a lot more mercifully than people give him credit for. I also think at the end of this life when all context is unfolded we'll see why things were the way they were at certain times.

ps loved your Kratos comment, lol

DoctorVess
DoctorVess

@Damnation_6 You realize Ezekiel was a prophet. This is what's going to happen after God returns to Earth to pour out his wrath on all of those who have blatantly decided to ignore his Word. You have the chance right now to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins. Once you miss that chance, whether you die or Jesus returns, there is no more chance for mercy. I suggest watching some videos of people who have been fortunate enough to return from experiencing hell. It's easy to not believe in God right now, but you'll regret it for the next eternity.

sakoshy2013
sakoshy2013

@armedvigilante  I agree. I don't understand why so many are lashing out at the development of this. Just because its Christian-themed doesn't mean it should be criticized already. Give it a chance and see where it goes. One may or may not believe what the Bible has to say and everyone has the free will to believe what they want. So for all the haters, there's no need to berate this. Either support it or just let it be.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

@Klikandclick Imagine a game where the main character is the Archangel Michael, now that would be interesting.

Amillennialist
Amillennialist

@vadagar1 A religion not founded in fact is faith in a fiction.

Which is what makes Christianity -- as Christ intended it -- unique in human history.

(And if the reference to "mutilating" religions is an apology for Islam, then no, that's not true.

Islam mutilates but is not mutilated.)

amillennialist.blogspot.com

Amillennialist
Amillennialist

@RedLegZeff If you read the actual accounts of Biblical figures, they're not the saccharine, surreal, superficial caricatures of what often passes for "Christianity" today.

They were real people struggling with their own sin and evil in the world.

And the one theme throughout the texts from beginning to end is God's mercy to us all in His Son.

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@psx_warrior I don't like the idea of kids playing a religion game.Religion should not be forced on kids who don't know any better, and can't make their own decisions.That's called brainwashing.I have nothing against people's beliefs, but forcing it onto innocent children is wrong, because they can't think for themselves yet.

Poodger
Poodger

@kutulu1Humans are the biggest cause of the world's problems, not religion. If religion didn't exist, it just would have been something else that caused wars and hardships.

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

@kutulu1  Don't worry too much, who the hell wants to play religious games???? A few die hards maybe...but not enough  to make a lot of/any profit.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@DoctorVess@Damnation_6 You can threaten hell all you want but it means nothing to me for I dont believe in hell. There simply isnt any evidence to back such claims up. Extraordinaty claims require extraordinary evidence.

There are thousands of religions and all of them say anyone that doesnt believe their specific version goes to hell. And all of them say they have the one true awnser. So what if you are wrong and believe in the wrong version hmm?

I hope one day you will think for yourself and start asking questions. Assume nothing, question everything. Open your eyes, challenge the opposition and start thinking.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@LesserAngel Yeah, would be awesome to play as an angel having to fight the forces of satan on behalf of praying Christians.  I would be totally down with that.

Amillennialist
Amillennialist

@Def-Trex@psx_warriorThat's not true.

Everything has a message.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@Def-Trex


That's one of the dumbest things I have ever read. Do you have children of your own? They can think for themselves. Children have amazing brains capable of learning and absorbing so much information. If your own child is having difficulties "thinking", that could be your own fault for not challenging him / her enough.

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

@Damnation_6 @DoctorVess Speaking as a Christian, I can honestly say I find the game offensive.


Following that it isn't very Christian to be threatening hell and damnation for eternity if people don't conform to your interpretation of the Bible.


It's also worth noting that Christ was persecuted during his time on earth because people weren't willing to question the already established norms. They were too attached to what they were told and what they believed instead of seeing what was right in front of them.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@gamerboy100


um yeah...jokes on me says the guy who doesn't even work at a fast food chain, let alone a job

scraggly_bear
scraggly_bear

@Def-Trex @penpusher  My Mom had a similar experience with nuns as a child (and not to knock anyone's religion, seriously, there are bad eggs in EVERY religion). She always had questions about her religion anyway and when two young missionaries knocked on her door and shared with her the gospel, her questions were answered etc (her words... except for the etc). I've heard horror stories of people who had a religion forced on them using methods that go against what the religion itself professes, so I completely understand your standpoint. Seriously. My parents taught me about Jesus and the Book of Mormon (for example) but I had to know for myself so I read and prayed about it. Glad they didn't guilt me into anything. 

Anyway, I understand why you'd have resentment. Seriously

ps my mom's *favorite* punishment was being made to kneel on corn kernels... ouch

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@penpusher Thank you for understanding at least.Maybe my childhood is a rare case but I can't help but hold resentment for everything I was put through as a kid in a catholic school.They used to beat me quite often with a yardstick, I still have some scars from it and I'm in my mid thirties now.Have you ever been beaten with a stick by a nun?

penpusher
penpusher

@A8ADD0N@Def-Trex I understand your point, A8ADDON, but children's minds are remarkably easy to manipulate and indoctrinate no matter how smart that child is, which is often what religion relies on (getting them whilst they're young). However I think def-trex is being a tad dramatic, if parents are going to bring their kids up to believe in a god then this game not being released won't change that. The biggest problem with this game is that there have never been any good bible games as far as I know. Well Noah's ark by Konami wasn't bad, but that was a very weird platformer with Noah tacted on for some reason, more than it was a bible game.

It's actually something of a shame.Say what you like about the bible, but there are some stories in there that a creative dev could work with.

max-hit
max-hit

@M3o5nster It seems like an "attack" to you because your religion forbids to talk about it freely. No one said anything offensive here. Words are just words. But seriously, study mythology.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@banana23man@Amillennialist@M3o5nster@max-hitI asked... You assumed...

I wouldn't have the arrogance to speak for "most" people of any religious group, because I surely haven't met "most" of them. I've always advocated the studying of different cultures to get a better understanding of their perspectives, without the hidden agenda of ammunition.

I just find it interesting that out of all these comments I personally haven't seen any "Christians" attacking Atheists, but instead the opposite...

It seems the tables have verily turned throughout the age of internet dwellers.

Good day to you, both.

banana23man
banana23man

@Amillennialist @banana23man @M3o5nster @max-hit Atheists know more about the bible than most christians, thank you very much. Christians are those who would live their whole lives by a book they've never read. Anyway, go read up on the story of Horus or Attis or Krishna or Dionysus, and see that your god is merely the work of thieving barbarians.

banana23man
banana23man

@M3o5nster @banana23man @max-hit More than most christians, yes. Please read the Egyptian mythology regarding Horus. That's just one of the many gods whose stories the bible plagiarized