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.

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"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.

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