Videogames “More Satanic Than Ever”

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Even the most hard-core gamers are sounding the alarm about the rise in the number of satanically-themed video games that target God and Christianity, invite players to make pacts with the devil, and elevate Satan to hero status.

“This has been going on for the last 10 years, but especially in the most recent games,” said Lance Christian, 32, of Alton, Illinois who has been an avid gamer for most of his life.

For instance, in one game, players kill the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael before going on to destroy God. Another game requires players to sell their soul to the devil and rewards them for “killing unbaptized infants.”

All of these games seem to have one central theme – God is the enemy and the devil is the hero. And they do nothing to hide it. One game guide glibly states: “The Judeo-Christian God is portrayed as the prominent villain in the series . . . “

“This is just the tip of the iceberg in what I have discovered,” Mr. Christian said. “I feel that the devil has a new tool to work with in this age of technology, and the majority of adults in a position of responsibility are left in the dark.”

His list of the most egregious games includes:

• Tecmo’s Deception: Invitation To Darkness (Playstation) – Players “make an unholy pact and sell their soul to Satan in exchange for power” with the object of the game being to ensure the resurrection of Satan and obtain his power. (This game is rated “T” for teens.)

• Nocturne (Playstation 2): A game in which the hero (a demon) destroys the three Archangels St. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, then goes on to destroy God.

• Shadow Hearts (Playstation 2): The hero uses his power to intercept and destroy God and “save the world.” (Some games in this series are rated “T”.)

• Dragon’s Age Origins (Playstation 3/Xbox 360): The game revolves around the story of God going mad and cursing the world. A witch attacks believers and players can “have sex” with her in a pagan act called “blood magic” so she can “give birth to a god.” Another scenario allows players to have sex with a demon in exchange for a boy’s soul.

Other games with satanic themes are Dante’s Inferno, Guitar Hero, Devil Summoner, Koudelka, Trapt, Bayonetta, and Darksiders.

Game publishers are cashing in on the satanic, anti-Catholic and the general anti-religion content themes and using them as a draw for buyers. For instance, Electronic Arts launched a catchy ad campaign to sell its new hell-inspired game, Dante’s Inferno.

Buyers interested in the game were greeted at the site by a phony new game called, “Mass: We Pray.” When they clicked on the link, they were declared a heretic and re-routed to Dante’s Inferno. After ordering, fans were offered a “Number of the Beast” discount of $6.66. The same game was advertised during the Super Bowl with the teaser, “Hell awaits.”

Game publishers such as Electronic Arts and Midway Games have not responded to The Bulletin’s requests for comment.

Even though most of these videos are rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) as “M” for mature audiences, many are rated “T” for teens. But regardless of the ratings, they can easily fall into the hands of children from older siblings or parents, Mr. Christian says, and points to a recent YouTube video of an eight year-old playing a popular adult Satanic-themed game.

Paul Bury, editor of Family Friendly Gaming said the envelope is definitely being pushed with these games. “Role playing games (RPGs) have progressively gotten worse over the years,” he said. “It is difficult to find a role playing game that is not ‘T’. . . . There have been some ‘M’ rated ones where all kinds of decadence is allowed.”

Via The Bulletin, “Philadephia’s Family Newspaper.”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    From a completely inbiased outside perspective looking in I find it ironic that everyone on this site is proving the statement (however surreal it may be) that technology could be a new medium for faithlessness and evil to spread. Every single response on here is just a reverse rant in roundabout ways saying "Fuck Christians. Hahaha!" simply because discussion about it is brought forward. You all have just collectively proven that this is a pit of faithless, secular, religion bashing assholes.

    Even a non religious person could see yall are just feeding off of the mention of religion to bash it... and everyone knows people who bash religion are just butthurt because they were either denied something in their youth thanks to religion or they believe something their 9th grade teacher told them is more enlightening and brilliant than a 2000+ year old tradition. In the end, whether you believe or not. The fact still remains that IF the internet could be a medium for evil, satan, or w/e, yall would obviously be supporting. Religios or not, advocating dark evil ideals violates societal norms worldwide.

    Oh... maybe the internet is where you belong then. Out of society's way with your deviant childish mentality. Never thought of that. Hmmm. Ok carry on.

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    Comment by Castronaut
    06:42 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find it ironic that you misspelled the word unbiased.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not only did he misspell the word unbiased.
    He spelled it as INbiased. In other words, he's biased..

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i find it ironic that the only thing any of yall could argue about his point was a misspell. Life failures. +1 for anon. Well said

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    Comment by tB
    06:09 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think you could make it more obvious that you were religious. Thereby biased.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find that most disturbing...
    There are a few games where god is good....

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow this is so stupid. people are complaining about what they actually want to happen. example dante's inferno: your a holy guy whose literally there to KILL satan! and yet ppl complain its against religion when the main point is to defeat evil. everybody would shit bricks and really complain if they made a game where you have to kill god himself. which i really hope they do. evil sells which is why "satantic" games sell. fuck god and fuck good

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I laughed at the inclusion of "Dante's Inferno" in this list of "Satanic" games.

    It has Satan in it, so it's obviously a game that shows kids what a cool dood he is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gods a useless lazy bum imo

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is Dante's Inferno satanic - the hero is out to slay Hell's minions and puts cock-waggling-Satan back in his prison all for the sake of the woman he loves!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As I remember there's that legendary games that let's you bash demons to pulp:

    - Castlevania
    - Devil May Cry

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!! HOW DARE THIS MR. CHRISTIAN NOT INCLUDE DISGAEA'S ANGEL KILLIN' DEMONS?!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH

    STUPID RELIGIOUS FAILS

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow what games are these?

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    13:01 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So basically, this person is worried that children may be allowed to see material which conflicts with their own religious viewpoints.

    If children shouldn't be allowed to see Satanic stuff, who's to say they should be allowed to see Christian stuff?

    This person is a fascist who wouldn't allow religious diversity to exist. Which by the way, includes agnostics, atheists, and blasphemers. Why next they'll be trying to take my children away from me if I try to raise them Pagan. If I ever have any, that is.

    If I have kids, they can see any religious material they want. I'm not going to choose how to raise my kids based upon some lunatic who thinks one religious viewpoint is the only tolerable thing. I can instill my own values, thank you very much. I think I like the sound of these games better than a book that justifies rape, genocide, homophobia, zionism, and many other horrid evils of this world.

    And I can't believe s/he called Dante's Inferno "Satanic". Does this person have no understanding of the history of Christianity?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But isn't the whole point of the Christian God that He is too vast and all-encompassing for our minds to comprehend? I mean, people can all call Him a dick or asshole or whatever, but wouldn't that just be like calling your parents assholes for punishing you for doing something wrong, or stopping you from doing something that could be dangerous or detrimental to your well-being? Humans are finite beings, who only live a hundred years if we're extremely lucky. God's been around forever and will be around forever. So who are we to assume what He's thinking in the long run?

    I'm a Christian, sure, but I'm not one of those people who bash everything that is slightly out of line with my beliefs. I play almost any video game out there, as long as it's good. Dragon Age is one of my favorite games. The two things that annoy me are "religions" people who go on ignorantly bashing everything related to popular culture, and people who bash everything about religion without a decent argument to back it up. Saying "DURHUR GOD SUCKS GO BACK TO YOUR DELUSIONS" does not equate to a sound, logical argument.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:14 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are fanatics for everything. The lulz part is when one fanatic blames the other and vice versa. You can't argue with any fanatic even if you could. To me, the "DURHUR GOD SUCKS/DELULION LULZ" is basically the same as "GAMES ARE EBIL/BURN SATAN WORSHIPPING GAMERS"... Then again, who am I to argue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As to why Guitar Hero features, Batman said it best:

    "Punk is nothing but death...and crime...and the rage of a beast."

    http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2009/08/batman-fortunate-son.html

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    Comment by kisukesword
    13:23 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just curious - I'm not attacking anybody's beliefs or anything - but to the atheists here, what makes you so sure that you're right? That's not to mean that I think I'm right, either. I just think it's good to view these things, regardless of side, with a little bit of skepticism rather than going whole-hog either way.

    I also just think it's incredibly arrogant to simply declare you're right when the subject in question is not so easily proven one way or the other.

    On-topic, though, I do kind of wish that game producers would do a little more to get their creative juices flowing instead of just going with whatever the current trend is.

    Comment by Anonymous

    no no, it's very easy to prove religion is a literary creation by man... It's just that religious people are too stupid to realize it.

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    Comment by Blue Slime
    09:09 11/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, you've confused proving something with convincing yourself that something you're afraid of is fiction.

    The official term for this is denial.

    Anyone who doesn't fail at logic knows you're dealing with non-testable theory in all directions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Black people are offspring of the devil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy shit there is so much misinformation in this article that I don't even know where to begin.

    Shadow Hearts: Technically the final boss is called God, but it's actually an alien. They explain this IN GAME by saying that its power is so great that it is as much a god to us, as we are to ants (ie: deity-level power. Not actual deity).

    Dragon Age: Nice way to mix unrelated events and correlate them to a single thing. The only thing I remember out of this is sex with Morrigan. With the whole "boy's soul" thing, all I remember is playing as Morrigan and killing said demon to get the boy's soul back...

    Guitar Hero: You fight the devil, not worship him.

    Dante's Inferno: This game is the most Pro-God game I've seen in a long time. God is constantly praised, and the game ends with you fighting the devil, trapping him in hell (again) and ascending to Purgatory to work your way to Heaven.

    Bayonetta: This game uses it's own system of Heaven and Hell. I don't think there's any actual mention of "God" or "Satan". The final boss is named Jubileus, the "god" of their world.

    Darksiders: You play as one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, trying to return balance to the world after Hell wipes out humanity. The only reason you fight and kill angels is because they blame you for the apocalypse and try to kill you.

    When did it become socially acceptable to talk out of your ass in this way? It's unbelievable that these people are given a place in which to spout their nonsense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking Jeebuzfreaks!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:06 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sigh, what a fruitcake

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was, quite possible, the worst description of Dragon Age Origin's i've ever seen.

    The Maker didn't go mad, he got mad at some mages who tried to defy him and enter his realm. Blood magic is described as a very, VERY bad thing, and the 'good' path has you tread a path of rightiousness in the makers eyes. The Evil path, however, is evil, but that's the whole point.

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    Comment by Akumaten
    14:51 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh come da fuck on!
    Frickin' fundi-pricks
    At least they didn't signal out Bayonetta

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bayonetta is mentionned to kiddo.

    16:06 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank God Disgaea isn't mentioned up there... And how the heck could they target SMT and Shadow Hearts when basically those games have "recruitable" angels...? Plus, wasn't the so-called God in SH1 nothing but just a guy with spiritual power aiming to be a ruler or something...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some may think ill of me, but I'm not going to lie. After reading the following: “killing unbaptized infants.” I chuckled.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:49 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude GH is awesome.

    srsly tho its a good sign. ever heard of the game where they kill Licgnool the god of humus?

    no? because no one fucking knows about that guy. it just goes to show #1 is still the Christian faith. all is well in the world.

    when we get games where you get to destroy evil by being nice and going to mass, we are truly fucked.

    although the games where you fight gods is boring. now if you were god, (no not kratos) then tht would be awesome. something like gta4 except your power is creation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Try Populous or Black and White then or other such God-games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:28 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I stopped taking this seriously after reading Guitar Hero as one of their examples.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guitar Hero? really? was there a hidden 'kill God, ascend to demonhood' mode in that game? If so, I didnt find it.

    They can just fuck off. Ignorance in general sickens me, willing ignorance makes me want to go on a killing spree.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, has anyone here ever met the 'devil' or 'god'? No? Then realize that we could have the two things totally backwards, with 'god' being evil and 'the devil' being good.... or the truth is shades of grey, with neither one being totally 'good' or 'evil'.

    It's time to realize that religion is a JOKE to anyone with a brain today, and it's time for religion to go 'bye-bye'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Recent my ass, a lot of those games are early last gen and from 2 gens ago. And I could instantly tell he was talking about the SMT series. And Guitar Hero? Really? You're bound to have a "satanic" rock or metal song in there. Point being, he's using an outdated list. If he wanted to actually complain, he should have pointed out the the recent burst of army games. But then again he's a Christian, so he's ALL ABOUT KILLING IN THE NAME OF GOD, I'm sure.

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    Comment by SaruDa
    11:12 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love that they thing this is part of a conspiracy against them, when most of these games come from Japan. Japan is one of the few non-Muslim countries that doesn't give a fuck about Christianity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:08 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one is taking all of these satanic games seriously other than the religious zealots complaining. Satanism is just as bad as any other cult/worship religion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really..... Satanism is about doing whatever you want as long as you are not PHYSICALLY harming someone else without their permission.

    Meaning that there is nothing 'venial' or 'sinful' unless you are doing the former.

    I've met some Satanists back when I was in high school, and that was their guiding rule: do whatever ye wish, as long as ye are not harming someone else physically.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Might be a sect issue then, seeing how other streams of Satanism are more in line with Social Darwinism.

    Do whatever you want, as long as you're strong enough to do it, and who cares about those weaker than yourself.

    The whole: "dost as thou wants, long as it harms none" is the Golden Rule from Wicca, which is completely unrelated to Satanism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    im suprised that his guy knows about trapt... i liked it

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If outer space aliens came to earth to invade, would we (Fill in the Blank) at each other or (Fill in the Blank) at each other.

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    Comment by DK
    12:24 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Media bashing on violence in "religious" video games, and not once even touching on violent movies with religious motifs, like Legion.

    Yep... typical media lambasting on a niche minority.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And considering how much REAL violence has and is done in the name of religion, these complaints are mostly the typical attempt to keep people from seeing what a farce religions are.

    Countless wars have been waged in many dfifferent god's names, hatred and bigotry go on every day in the name of religion.

    Yeah, let's attack games instead of trying to solve problems in the REAL world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find this ridiculous, unbelievable, and unacceptable...
    How dare that bastard neglect to mention Xenogears, one of Squaresoft's greatest RPGs. Not only is the final boss named Deus and you have to either fight the angels around him or fight an extremely tough final battle, but Fei, our MC, is the prophecied "slayer of God". Also quite a bit of the game's story uses Christian elements, Xenogears has earned that spot of controversy. How dare you ignore it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is ridiculous...I see nothing to worry about. Also...Parents don't have to let kids play these games anyways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I, however, would sell my soul for powers. better yet, I'd sell others souls for powers. and i would most likely go after chistians or muslims 'caus based on my own judgement they fuck up the most.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about Xenosaga? UDO(GOD) vs. Wilhelm(Devil). anyone?

    UDO is the one who is destructive here while Wilhelm always saves the universe from UDO

    16:11 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You forgot to mention that Chaos (follower of Jesus) and Kos-Mos (Mary Magdalene) were there to save the universe~!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    anyway I dont believe in this mythical beings GOD and SATAN. There is only nature and the mind. anyway i find xenosaga series most interesting!

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    Comment by Dvv
    11:45 27/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The second I read the 3rd paragraph I knew it mean shin megami tensei...












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