Toronto Star Pans Left Behind: Eternal Forces
Here at Talk to Action
we observed from early on
that the new video game Left Behind: Eternal Forces
is premised, among other things, on the idea of converting or killing present day New Yorkers
; and that the game serves to indoctrinate children in an ideology of religious warfare. We have noted that other reviwers
see it this way too. Most recently, a reviewer at the Toronto Star
newspaper joins us in recognizing the essential character of the game.
Here is an excerpt:
Players roam a ruined New York City 18 months into Armageddon in command of a pious commando outfit called the Tribulation Force, attempting to convert the "faithless" before their souls are forever lost to the Antichrist (he's Romanian, bizarrely) and his Global Community Peacekeepers. Prayer is the main weapon, but when conversions fail and no other option is available, out come the guns.
Hence the complaints from within and without the Christian community that Eternal Forces promotes a "convert or kill" ideology akin to that of radical Islam. That the "rebels" are fighting a thinly veiled U.N. army composed of demons and
non-Christians also leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth.
Anyone who doesn't subscribe to the evangelical-Christian idea of the Rapture might be
somewhat put off by this sort of content. But the harshest criticisms have come from fellow believers.
Tireless anti-videogame advocate Jack Thompson, a conservative Christian lawyer from
Florida, has blasted the game for promoting "killing people for their lack of faith in Jesus."
Jonathan Hutson of the Talk To Action group publicly declared himself "offended by a
game that allows children to rehearse mass killing in the name of Christ or the Antichrist" and he eventually engendered the resignation of a director at another advocacy group, Purpose Driven Ministries, who had served as business adviser to Left Behind Games over his "endorsement by association" of the game.