Text and Images From "Left Behind : Eternal Forces" Promotional Trailer
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Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 12:36:20 PM EST
Talk To Action contributor Jonathan Hutson's two part series on the new "Left Behind : Eternal Forces" video game "The Purpose Driven Life Takers" series ( read the series : part 1, part 2 ) has provoked widespread controversy and discussion as well as approaching 100,000 visits to this website. Here is the spoken narratives, and images, from the promotional trailer for the game ( note : trailer is accompanied by an ominious, dramatic symphonic score )

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Narrative and Images From "Left Behind: Eternal Forces"

"Throughout history, men and women have chosen one of three paths : Those  who daily seek a personal relationship with God, unbelievers and believers who don't seek after God and those who choose to ignore God. And as the prophets foretold, God will come to take his people home...No one knows the day or the hour. Without any warning, all infants, children, and many people myseriously disappear....Terror and confusion reign the world over. For those left behind, the apocalypse has just begun..."

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Note the jarring contrast between frame #1, which seem to claim divine mandate for the narrative, and the final two frames - promotional images from the game being played, released by "Left Behind Games" - in which New Yorkers are gunned down in the streets and corpses pile up. Frame #2 seems to invoke revisionist claims of the Christian right that the United States was founded as a Christian nation rather than a secular nation. The top right frame - a busy New York City street - is accompanied by the narrative "unbelievers and believers who don't seek after God". Frame number four : "No one knows the day or the hour" ( of the "Rapture" ). One notable point about the images is that the trailer does not show any of the images from the game as it being played ( the last two frames). According to the Left Behind Games website the company seeks to offer "a less graphic experience to the sexual themes and gratuitous violence currently found in many titles." and hopes that its games will receive an "E" rating ( suitable for ages 6 and up )


Troy Lyndon of Left Behind Games said: "There is warfare, the Bible is full of warfare, so are all the other great games that are on the market.

"Naturally speaking we've got new elements like spirit points, which are fantastic in that as you do good your spirit points go up; as you pray, your soldiers are more prepared for battle."

by chiaroscuro on Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 01:21:06 AM EST

Look at the picture that looks like Michelangelo's Creation of Adam fresco.  They have Adam wearing a pair of what looks like a pair of white boxers.

My goodness, theocratic death squads wandering the streets of New York slaughtering the unbelivers, leaving their corpses to pile up, all the while shouting "Praise the Lord!" is kosher, but heaven forbid they show an accurate depiction of one of the greates frescos from the Rennisance era beacuse it contains a penis!  That would be sick and wrong!

by JonathanChance on Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 02:03:03 PM EST

I didn't notice, but thank you so much for making that point!

by GreenEyed Lilo on Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 02:13:44 PM EST

And let's not forget that by putting boxers on Adam -- who the Bible clearly says was naked when he walked in the Garden of Eden with God -- they've also made the image anti-Biblical.

by seithman on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 04:01:39 PM EST

Finally! The true teachings of Jesus revealed in a first-person shooter game!

We'll become closer to Jesus with each kill!

by Tenoch on Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 01:22:52 PM EST

Actually, IIRC, this game looks like more of a real-time strategy game than a First-person shooter.

Still, it doesn't make it any less creepy.

by JonathanChance on Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 01:51:54 PM EST

I corrected that error. I'd say that players of "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" are to some extent comparable to Serbian commanders during the seige of Sarajevo.

by Bruce Wilson on Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 04:38:47 PM EST

"Those unbelievers can't ignore God now! Not with the weapons and the bodies piling up in the street! HOO-HAH!"

by GreenEyed Lilo on Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 12:49:52 PM EST

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