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Submitted by fathoms 466d ago | opinion piece

Is A Religious Act In Video Games Even An "Act" At All?

After all that Bioshock Infinite ruckus concerning an offended Christian gamer, we just have to ask- Is anything in a video game an "act?" It's...not real. (BioShock: Infinite, Culture)

DragonKnight  +   467d ago
The problem is that this is just like that small group of Muslim gamers that demanded that song from LBP be removed or the frame over the toilet with the Islamic Scripture written in it, or any kind of religious reference in games. It's normally a small group of people who are fundamentalists and taking their religion very seriously.

Here's the kicker though. They have no problem with fictional killing. In any religion, unless it specifically centers around death, unnecessary killing (or in some cases killing at all even in self-defense) is wrong. The question I pose is how can you be fine with one affront to religious laws and claim another action is blasphemous? Would not God be just as upset over the theme of indiscriminate killing as He would over a fictional, yet symbolically blasphemous, Baptismal?

I was raised Catholic but I don't follow mainstream religion. I have my own beliefs and they tell me that an omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient being would have concerns of a far greater nature than what's happening in a video game. I just find it hypocritical to condone an act specifically prohibited by the 10 Commandments, and decry an act that is only blasphemous on an individual basis.

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