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.

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DV_Bastian2247d ago

What do people think the Crusades and the Inquisition were? Tea parties?

CadDad2247d ago

I have two theories:
1. Violent
2. Problematic


NewMonday2247d ago

Religion Doesn't Kill People, People Kill People

Tachyon_Nova2246d 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 Mammo2246d ago (Edited 2246d 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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Tolkoto2247d 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.

trenso12247d 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_Sloth2247d 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.

Shackdaddy8362247d ago (Edited 2247d 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...

IRetrouk2247d 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.

TheGOODKyle2247d ago (Edited 2247d 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.

roblef2247d 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.

SybaRat2247d ago

Thinkin' real life depicts religion as violent and problematic.

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