'Guitar Praise' Developer Ponders Christian 'Grand Theft Auto'

Multiplayer's Tracey John writes:

"After unboxing and playing the Christian-themed "Guitar Hero" game "Guitar Praise," I got Tom Bean, CEO of Christian game makers Digital Praise, on the phone yesterday to chat about it.

During our conversation, he told me about how the company takes popular styles of games and infuses them with more positive and encouraging content; the company has also made a Christian-based, "DDR"-style game called "Dance Praise."

With that in mind, I asked Bean if he ever considered making a Christian version of "Grand Theft Auto" - you know, without the "grand theft auto" parts.

Here's what he had to say..."

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Timesplitter143495d ago (Edited 3495d ago )


They are called Digital Praise so I guess they'll find a way to make this game revolve around christianity (like their other games). I read the article, and when I said ''Christian GTA'', I was talking about the game that is talked about in the article. I know they want to make it clean. I have nothing against that. It's the religious aspect that I dislike.

When I said that no one is affected when you kill in a game, I meant that they won't be affected like if I wanted to kill them. When I play a deathmatch with friends, I don't feel like I hate them, it's just like a competition and sometimes just plain fun.

Now comes the part about my (future) kids. I've already decided that I'll tell them about all big religions, atheism and agnosticism, but more importantly, I'll try to teach them how to be good people. Not because there's a god threatening them, not because I told them to do so. I'll try to convince them that it's the best thing to do for themselves. Children are perfectly able to take descisions regarding all those religions. I grew up in a half-christian, half-atheist family, and was never remotely forced toward a certain religion. I chose atheism (or agnosticism, depending on the definitions).

Now my point is : they shouldn't make people do good things because God wants it. They should as much as possible make them do good by themselves, without any kind of ''imaginary'' threat or reward. So they'd be TRUE good people. Religion has a defined set of rules and morals that people must follow (or else they would be ''infidels'' since they wouldn't follow what's supposed to be the supreme authority and truth of the whole world). The problem is that it doesn't help people getting use to thinking about good and bad. They just follow rules.

I sometimes read small portions of the Bible when I have the time (I love debating about religion, morals, philosophy in general). All I read is how God punished EVERYONE because of ONE person, how he wants everyone to worship him, how he'll let people go to Hell if they don't obey. Isn't he supposed to be good and just? This isn't really a good thing in my mind.

In short : promote good, let people decide alone what they want to believe in. Your religion doesn't have the slightest impact on your personality anyway. Popes ordered genocides, countless wars revolved around religion, religious soldiers kill people even though they grew up being told ''thou shall not kill'', but some religious organizations help people in need around the world.
Same goes for atheists : some atheist communist groups made suicide-bombings ans other atheists go around the world helping people out (Doctors without Borders, a good half of Amnesty International, etc...). But while it may not affect your behaviour, it does, in my mind, affect the REASONS behind your behaviour. Religious people will tend to act because they fear God's punishment, or because they want paradise (isn't that supposed to be a sin?), or because they decided that god existed and he was right, end of the story. Atheists, on the other hand, do everything they do because they've thought about it on their own.

And I have something to say about that comment of yours : ''you could end up getting a great relationship with someone who actually loves you, and you could end up having eternal life.'' What the hell do you mean with that relationship thing? Only religious people can have relationships? And also, I'm pretty sure that if God is a good person, he doesn't care at all if we believe in him or not. He doesn't want to be worshipped (or to force us to worship him, like a tyrant). He'll just reward those who did good things in their lives.

Of one thing's very clear in my mind, it's that no religion on Earth really knows about the real god. Have you seen how easy it is for a religion to start? Look at scientology. It just pops out of nowhere. And it's not because some people in churches are dressed in white robes that they automatically know everything about god. The Bible has probably been changed a couple of times over the years anyway. Ever noticed how the interpretations always change with time? To better suit the society we live in? Personally, I think this is all a big tool.

Yeah so that's about what I meant. Sorry for the wall of text

RevN8r3495d ago

John 3:16

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life."

God loves you, and he loves me. In turn, I love Him back, not because I have to, but because I get to.

Matthew 22:36-40

"'Master,' one of the Sadducees, an expert in the Law, said to Jesus, 'What are we to consider the Law's greatest commandment?' Jesus answered him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And there is a second like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. The whole of the Law and the Prophets depends on these two commandments.'"

I would love to continue the debate, but I feel that these two verses are enough of what I was wanting to say. So in the spirit of turning the other cheek, I'll be finished with my side of the debate, and pray for you.

May God bless you.

Timesplitter143494d ago

It's a COMMANDMENT to love god. That's exactly my point

KiddyBrownTurd3495d ago

poooor hypocritical braindead jewstians

poeo3495d ago

sorry but why do christians always seem to copy everything, and harness everything that is "cool" to their own benefit? you see it EVERYWHERE. i mean it's obvious that the bible itself isnt enough (reading through it actually makes a lot of people into atheists), they have to use other methods to recruit young people.. sad really.

yes i'm an anti-religion atheist. but i still love all people :) even my christian friends. their religion just scares me a bit sometimes..

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