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Study: Video games depict religion as violent and problematic

Many newer-generation video games equate religion with violence, finds a new study from the University of Missouri. (Assassin's Creed, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Culture, Final Fantasy XIII, Mass Effect 2, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion)

DV_Bastian  +   1440d ago
What do people think the Crusades and the Inquisition were? Tea parties?
CadDad  +   1440d ago
I have two theories:
1. Violent
2. Problematic

NewMonday  +   1440d ago
Religion Doesn't Kill People, People Kill People
IRetrouk  +   1440d ago
@ newmonday reminded me of a song lol
anyone else remember this?
Tachyon_Nova  +   1440d ago

I'm reminded by your comment of a quote which goes along the lines of:

"With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion."

Religion isn't neceassary for murder to take place, but in many cases it allows it to happen by being means of justification for such appalling acts in the eyes of believers
Silly Mammo  +   1439d ago
Hospitaller from The Kingdom of Heaven ~

“I put no stock in religion. By the word religion, I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the "Will of God". I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness. What God desires is here
[points to head]
and here
[points to heart]
and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not.”
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Tolkoto  +   1440d ago
This is a trend that I've noticed as well, and as a Catholic gamer I've always found it a little uncomfortable. Certainly people are allowed and should explore the unsavory side of religion, but it would be nice to just once see someone in gaming use their faith as means for positive action.
trenso1  +   1440d ago
Well there is always a bad side to anything religion isn't above that. If they only showed the good and none of the bad I don't see how that can be any better, I'd rather see the bad as its more interesting story wise for a game.
Lord_Sloth  +   1440d ago
He's not saying ALL the time, just have a hero doing the right thing and not always have the religious guy be crazed or evil.
Shackdaddy836  +   1440d ago
Ya. I'm Catholic too and it does get uncomfortable from time to time.

I always think that it's more about corruption rather than religion though. Like there were extremely corrupt Popes throughout history. I've accepted that. But it's like in AC EVERY person linked to the church is trying to kill a mass amount of people and doing other horrible things. There are still a lot of good people out there...

It would be nice to see a nice religious character though. Like, I've only played two of the AC games so IDK if this has been done or not, but it would be nice to see a person in the Church who wasn't super evil and gave you tips on people.

I guess the monks you hide in are good guys...
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IRetrouk  +   1440d ago
you know that the church used to kill people simply for not agreeing with there views, also suppressing info and generally being very naughty, yes there are good people out there, but they aint all religous.
TheGOODKyle  +   1440d ago
Welcome to history...fact! Now put aside the bashing...there are good games out there that depict religion in a good light. Castlevania Lords of Shadow is one I can name immediately off the top of my head. So it's not only bad religion no matter how much more of it there is.

But if you don't want things to inspire people to create things off of...maybe religious institutions shouldn't play apart of some of the most gruesome things in history. I'm not blaming the religion, but the people who abused it.
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roblef  +   1440d ago
I think video games skew to violence in general. I don't see how games that deal with religious settings should be any different.
Parapraxis  +   1440d ago
So...they are accurate?
SybaRat  +   1440d ago
Thinkin' real life depicts religion as violent and problematic.
Hufandpuf  +   1440d ago
Even I know religion has a tendency to start stupid wars and disputes, and I'm Catholic.
Lord_Sloth  +   1440d ago
Stupid people start stupid wars. They just use religion as an excuse.
Shackdaddy836  +   1440d ago
It's really the people. If all those corrupt people through history actually payed attention to the religion they were hiding behind, then there wouldn't be a problem...
Tachyon_Nova  +   1440d ago
You're wrong, there would still be a massive problem. We would still have the Catholics assisting the spread of aids and overpopulation in Africa by preaching against condom use. We would still have the Christian lobbies trying to interfere with advances in medical science which could help relieve immesurable pain and suffering from the sick and dying. The Muslims would still be fighting with the Jews over they're holy lands.

I could list a hundred truly disgusting things that religion would still be willingly responsible for if 'those corrupt people' did not exist, but I hope you are capable of thinking of some of them for yourself, and if everyone sat down and looked at the thousands of appalling acts happily carried out over the years under the banner of religion and realised that religion itself is corrupt, then the world would be much better off, and much less likely to have a future in which we are crippled by a religiously motivated nuclear war.
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Majin-vegeta  +   1440d ago
Mehh religion is nothing but a s*it to start war but come on their just video games.
D3mons0ul  +   1440d ago
Religion IS violent and problematic.

I'm not seeing the problem with a little truth in advertising.
SovereignSnaKe  +   1440d ago
Huh? In that case, More people should play Video games. >:}
Bathyj  +   1440d ago
Well its only fitting.

Religion is responsible for more killing than any disease, or natural disasters.
baodeus  +   1440d ago
Not all religion have to rely on wars for expansion, like Buddism for example, but religion often are used for political agenda because people are willing to die for their faith.

Violence possibly stem from the severity of their faith.
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ZeRoyalViking  +   1435d ago
This is simple enough... Religion is violent everyone killing each other just because they are different

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