Left Behind Games CEO comments on “Left Behind” title

Left BehindThis one comes straight from the horse’s mouth. With the amount of flak the Left Behind: Eternal Forces RTS title has been receiving, a game dev employee has decided to speak up. In the letter the employee enclosed also included a statement from Troy Lyndon, the Left Behind Games CEO.

Mr. Lyndon explained the game’s representation of violence, saying that it was a promotion of prayer and worship. The violence, he added, was counterproductive to the game’s theme – players lose points for having to use a gun.

He also reiterated his point on the criticism of the game being anti-religious, as explained in this statement:

Our game DOES NOT encourage killing. Our game is NOT anti-Semitic. Our game is NOT anti-Muslim or anti-Islamic. It is anti-EVIL! The ultimate bad-guy is the Antichrist who wants to eliminate all faiths and all religions, except his and he is deceiving the entire world. Our game does NOT teach the pre-tribulation theology of the book series, except that this worldview is utilized as a FICTIONAL backdrop of the game.

Given the criticism it’s received from one Muslim group, a political watchdog group, and other Christian communities, Mr. Lyndon’s statement adds a timely rounding out of perspectives for the title. Secondly, we’re glad to see he himself says the game’s setting as fictional – meaning nobody is supposed to take it literally (nobody did, right?).

For now, we ask everybody to take this in stride – religion has always been a sensitive topic. We recommend some careful reflection before you get worked up over this. As Mr. Lyndon stated in the letter, try out the game before making any further judgements.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering…” – Yoda

Via Game Politics

Left BehindThis one comes straight from the horse’s mouth. With the amount of flak the Left Behind: Eternal Forces RTS title has been receiving, a game dev employee has decided to speak up. In the letter the employee enclosed also included a statement from Troy Lyndon, the Left Behind Games CEO.

Mr. Lyndon explained the game’s representation of violence, saying that it was a promotion of prayer and worship. The violence, he added, was counterproductive to the game’s theme – players lose points for having to use a gun.

He also reiterated his point on the criticism of the game being anti-religious, as explained in this statement:

Our game DOES NOT encourage killing. Our game is NOT anti-Semitic. Our game is NOT anti-Muslim or anti-Islamic. It is anti-EVIL! The ultimate bad-guy is the Antichrist who wants to eliminate all faiths and all religions, except his and he is deceiving the entire world. Our game does NOT teach the pre-tribulation theology of the book series, except that this worldview is utilized as a FICTIONAL backdrop of the game.

Given the criticism it’s received from one Muslim group, a political watchdog group, and other Christian communities, Mr. Lyndon’s statement adds a timely rounding out of perspectives for the title. Secondly, we’re glad to see he himself says the game’s setting as fictional – meaning nobody is supposed to take it literally (nobody did, right?).

For now, we ask everybody to take this in stride – religion has always been a sensitive topic. We recommend some careful reflection before you get worked up over this. As Mr. Lyndon stated in the letter, try out the game before making any further judgements.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering…” – Yoda

Via Game Politics

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