Christian-themed game Call of Abraham aims to "stir hunger for God's word"

Phoenix Interactive Studios asking for $100,000 to create new single-player RPG.

Phoenix Interactive Studios today launched a Kickstarter campaign for Christian-themed single-player PC RPG called Bible Chronicles: Call of Abraham, a new game that aims to "stir hunger for God's word."

In the game, you don't play as Abraham himself, but rather a fictional member of his caravan who embarks on an adventure that culminates in the Battle of Siddim. Throughout the game, players will journey through ancient cities like Hebron, Ur, and Memphis.

The game will also depict one of the most well-known Bible stories concerning Abraham, when he was commanded by God to kill his son Isaac only to be stopped at the last second by an angel of the Lord.

According to Phoenix Interactive Studios, keeping true to the Bible for Call of Abraham was very important. To that end, the developers formed an advisory group of local pastors and ministry leaders who made sure what was represented in the game did not stray from Biblical writing.

"We're using Kickstarter to realize our vision, and that's to put a copy of this game--Bible Chronicles: Call of Abraham--into every Christian home that's out there," designer Martin Bertram said. "Our hope is that this game will stir hunger for God's word in everyone that plays this game."

If you've read the Bible, you know the text is replete with violence. In Call of Abraham, violent acts can only be pursued if they are honorable, developers said. What's more, when there is a "better" alternative to violence, players will be rewarded for finding and choosing it.

If Call of Abraham receives the $100,000 it's looking for on Kickstarter, the game will launch around Thanksgiving 2014. Right now, the game is in development only for PC, but "Xbox" and "PlayStation" versions will be released if funding hits $250,000.

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578 comments
OllieBrown
OllieBrown

A game made by old white men, being advised by old white men about old white men featuring an image of an old white man rescuing helpless white women as its cover.

I don't need to know anything about the religious nature of this project to feel inclined to stay away from it.  They say they are very excited about kids learning more about events from the bible through this game.  I don't get excited by the idea of children being fed this kind of ancient intolerance steeped in the white straight male gaze.  At least modern games are slowly starting to broaden their view.

jonny_dutch
jonny_dutch

Why to character models need to be bare-chested dudes with six packs and hot pants? Repressed much?

predatorGS
predatorGS

At least the graphics are topnotch.

esurette
esurette

Fellow atheists, why so upset? If the Bible is a literary work depicting mythological beings and pseudo-historical events like The Iliad or The Odyssey...why get any more pissed off about this than you would if a game were made about The Iliad or The Odyssey? The same could be said for a game based on Hindu mythology, a game where you play as a guy who accompanies Muhammad and touches on Islamic cosmology/doctrine, etc. It's all mythical fiction, so why get more upset about one versus another? Also, why all the complaining about Christianity? They call it a "Christian" game, but the source material comes from Judaism.

And personally, I'd love to explore the ancient Middle East in a game. 

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

Not sure why there is all this hate.

If someone makes a game that you don't like don't buy it. There is no reason to bash them for trying something new

tightwad34
tightwad34

Hm, wonder why I haven't seen this on any other site over the last couple of days. Must be click bait along with the flawless journalism of Eddie.

zerofrust
zerofrust

"when he was commanded by God to kill his son Isaac only to be stopped at the last second by an angel of the Lord."

That is dedication...

tightwad34
tightwad34

No, just no. Of course there are enough religious nuts out there to give them what they need, but I wonder if there are enough "die hards" who would really want to play any sort of game like this.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Sounds terrible and looks like The Mummy for the PS1. I wonder if they will reach the 100k mark (waste of cash IMO, some religious groups will donate tho)

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

The lot of you just gave fodder to Johnny Chiodini for his next Feedbackula episode. ;P

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

I have no intention to buy this game, it looks awful, but i am a follower of Jesus and some of the people on this page are real dicks. I don't just go around talking about how stupid atheists are, so why do you do that with Christians?

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Call of Abraham.....'s duty: Ghosts


"In Call of Abraham, violent acts can only be pursued if they are honorable, developers said. What's more, when there is a "better" alternative to violence, players will be rewarded for finding and choosing it."

ummm....You do realize you'll be targeting gamers right? There will be people picking all the "sith" options...

More power to these guys, I just find it odd that in trying to "stir hunger for God's word" they'll even give you the option to be violent...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Are you a bad enough dude to fight God?

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

If you want to sit at a bar, drink and incessantly talk about sports, hang out with a Catholic.


If you want to incessantly talk about religion, hang out with an atheist.

fester420
fester420

They need to make it a new god of war game where kratos takes on Christian mythology.

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

@esurette Because creating a game that purports to "Stir hunger for (a Christian) God's word," sounds more like a work of propaganda than a historical re-telling of a bible story. Clearly, the developers want to do more than just make a video game.

jonny_dutch
jonny_dutch

@Diablo-B Because half the people who buy this will do so to give to their kids, and the purpose of this game is to brainwash people too young to know better. The same thing happens with the talking vegetable show, loads of cutesy bollocks about love, followed by a message that tells kids how brilliant it is that a schizophrenic guy nearly killed his son, and that we should do the same.

maltnut
maltnut

@Diablo-BBecause they're using it to perpetuate a psychotic cult which has no place in a modern, civilized society.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@MrFacepunch We talk about how stupid people were that believed the world is flat all the time and no one bats an eye.


You are one of those people, you just don't know it.

banana23man
banana23man

@MrFacepunch The difference is that "atheism" is the default stance on religion. Atheists don't burn their infant daughter because they think she may be the antichrist, or picket at funerals because they think the bible is the absolute words of god or fly planes into buildings because they think they're doing their god a favor. Please don't play the victim when statistically, christians are among the top when it comes to privileges. 

Primeyuri
Primeyuri

@MrFacepunchBecause atheist just dont believe in god while christians not only believe in a god but also in a book full of stories that is just made to be made fun of.

hystavito
hystavito

@MrFacepunch I knew that would happen, it's like a double standard when it comes to religion, especially Christianity.

EliOli
EliOli

@MrFacepunch Agreed.  I might pick it up if it looks good though.  Phoenix has a good rep.

andyhoov
andyhoov

@kamikazeespleenThat expansion was ruined by microtransactions. Every time you died you either had to wait three days to respawn or pay a few bucks.

Wawas20
Wawas20

@dmdavenport @esurette and the other games we get now are not propaganda? have u played a rockstar game. eg red dead thats full of agenda

DarkSpidey69
DarkSpidey69

@jonny_dutch @Diablo-B Wow, just wow. jonny_dutch and maltnut, congratulations, you have actually reached the same level of ignorance as the politicians that blame all violence and crimes on games like GTA thanks to "brainwashing". There is nothing wrong with trying to spread the Word through another form of media. If you don't want to hear the message, change the channel, nobody's forcing you, nobody's telling your kids what to believe. I just hope one day you actually let them decide for themselves, as I'm suuuure you won't impose your closed-minded views on them.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@maltnut @Diablo-B  If I didn't know better I'd think your comment sounds much more hateful and childish than the developers do about their own game.  If you like it, you like it.  If you think these people are "using it to perpetuate a psychotic cult which has no place in a modern, civilized society" then it sounds like you hate even the notion someone might like expressing a view you disagree with.  In that case, I would advise you to grow up and get over yourself.

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

@banana23man @MrFacepunch And you think all christians believe those people were/are justified? You think atheists have never done a horrific deed? I'm not playing the victim, I'm calling you ignorant because you hate a group for the actions of some of their members.

Sharon
Sharon

Ok, that made me laugh.  And I'm a Sunday School teacher.  And a serious Christian.  And a mom, and a gamer, and a bunch of other things.  I have to agree with the commenters who point out that this game just doesn't look good, at least from the art provided.  What made a franchise like Veggie Tales work was that it looked good, better (at the time) than a lot of what it was competing against.  There are plenty of stories in the Bible that, if treated as mythology or folk tale, could make an entertaining game.  BUT it's hard to see how that would really work without either trivializing what to many (me included) is a real story with meaning for my life, or just being preachy and annoying.  I almost prefer something like Ascension of the Metatron with the liberties it takes because it interacts with the source material in a symbolic way rather than trying and failing to achieve realism and spiritual or emotional depth.

spectralmerc
spectralmerc

@Wawas20 @dmdavenport @esurette But cowboys and political critique is not an agenda that actually has a vote in politics. Even controversial titles in terms of social behavior like Manhunt, GTA or The Punisher never stepped personal beliefs grounds, just moral ones (there's a difference).

No game is atheist explicitly, and as such, no game is trying to convince you or convert you. This game is explicitly trying to convert people, and it wouldn't bother too much if it weren't so obvious, what with all the lame graphics and lack of originality. I personally think that if the game is fun, good and polished, it shouldn't be too much of an issue. But this game works on belief alone (haha, see what I did there?). 

I'm certain the developers are convinced that just because it's "christian" it will sell, or it will reach a mass audience. Well, not even christians are convinced, seeing the Kickstarter figures. Mainly because it's a bad game, but also because all of us gamers want to have good games without the whole "we will enhance your lost, heathen soul" message.

I say, a good bible game would be something like God of War, but with the Bible. Make Job a heroic figure, fighting against the Leviathan and the Behemoth, with awesome graphics and epic music, or make Jonah an adventurer with the "whale level" being something really bizarre. Even the Apocalypse could make for a fantastic DayZ kind of game. "Broaden the appeal", so that non believers can have fun without worrying about morality. Not like there's much morality in the bible anyways, but if you're making a game, you should put "game" first, with all that implies, instead of "bible" first. 

jonny_dutch
jonny_dutch

@DarkSpidey69 @jonny_dutch @Diablo-B I'm not closed minded, I made all my own decisions about faith. I will teach my kids what is right, if they want to attach some kind of deity to that then so be it, I have no problem with believing in things, I'm not even an atheist. However, I will not suffer to let people justify unjust things in the name of their god, and then dress it up in order to keep fervour in their hateful message. By all means, try to spread the "Word" but don't do it to anyone who can't make their own informed decisions. The switch the channel argument is bullshit btw, this game isn't aimed at people who can switch the channel, it's aimed at families where people are, literally, "telling [their] kids what to believe."

I wont get into a theological discussion on the internet, I've heard that's a massive waste of time, but you cant call me ignorant while you don't understand my position.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@MrFacepunch@banana23man If we're going that route. What makes the Christian claim any different from the claim the god of the Koran did it, or the god(s) of hinduism. They all claim their god made it. If we're going to that route every claim of every other religion is just as valid. "But they are wrong" I hear you say? Well they feel the same way and are just as valid in that regard.

Just because something is complex does not per defacto mean there is a god. Thats not of an odd conclusion to draw from that if you think about it.

EliOli
EliOli

@azcaz16 @MrFacepunch @banana23man @EliOli A lot of ignorant comments from ignorant people here.  


Evil people do claim the title "Christian" sometimes, or that they are serving God or a god when they are committing evil acts.  Why?  Because they are evil people.  Evil people say anything that they think will justify their heinous acts.  This does not actually mean they are Christian or have some faith.  It just means they've added liar to their crimes




azcaz16
azcaz16

@MrFacepunch @banana23man @EliOli Oh shutup. You are just like every other christian who reads the bible and then interprets it however way they want to!! The bible is meant to be read exactly how it is written.  So stop trying to twist the words to suit you! The bible is saying "if you love your child or parent more than me, YOU ARE NOT WORTHY". It's as simple as that. The bible is a horrible book that should not be used to base your morality on.

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

@banana23man @EliOli @MrFacepunch No one is worthy of Christ. He was stating an impossible goal to show that you cannot be worthy of him and he loves you anyway. I won't expect you to dig deep into the word of God when you read the whole thing through a lens of cynicism and scrutiny.

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

@banana23man @MrFacepunch The fact that were here is evidence. Look around you, if you think that all that's on this world, and the complexity of us as human beings is the result of chance encounters between molecules and subsequent evolution than you're more of a nut job than i am.

banana23man
banana23man

@EliOli @MrFacepunch @banana23man  Faith is what drive these people, and the very thing that all religions embrace. You've just committed the 'No true Scotsman' fallacy. Also, if you think christ is good, let's see what the bible has to say.


Matthew 10: 34-37 : Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword...He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.



banana23man
banana23man

@MrFacepunch @banana23man You're the ignorant one if you think I hate people for their beliefs. I hate the beliefs themselves, not the believers. I despise faith, or belief without/in spite of evidence. Faith is the reason people try to brainwash children into believing earth is 6000 years old, faith is the reason for the KKK, the Nazis, the People's Temple, Charles Manson. I could go on. To make decisions based on nothing but hearsay and the idea that belief alone will alter facts is moronic, and is an insult to 3.6 billion years of evolution. 

EliOli
EliOli

@MrFacepunch @banana23man Actually Christians don't do those things.  Evil people who use God as an excuse do those things.  Atheists (not all) have done just as bad and even worse. 


Real Christians follow Christ, hence the name Christian.  Christ did not teach us to do those things.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Thanatos2k LOL. I forgot about that and I just beat the game a few weeks ago. And the samurai you control in the game aren't your ordinary ones.  Man that game was sooo long. I thought it was going to end about 5 times. I really, thoroughly enjoyed it but I felt that it went on too long. And I didn't even bother with any of the side quests a little more than halfway through. Maybe one of the reasons it took me so long is because I didn't turn the difficulty down so I probably died a lot more. Anyway, I'm now playing A Link Between Worlds and it's absolutely amazing. Have you played it yet?