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Christian popular culture is like a reflection of regular pop culture through a funhouse mirror. In Christian-World, Kirk Cameron is a huge star, Jars of Clay is a hot music group, and sending money to strangers who browbeat you on TV is a rational decision.
In Christian Pop Culture Land, three year-old, non-violent RTS Left Behind: Eternal Forces is a hot video game, and its success will result in a slew of righteous games rolling out in "mainstream retail outlets throughout 2010." Not only that, the company plans to make religious games for the Xbox 360 and Wii... no mention of the PS3. Sorry, Sony fanboys.
Here's how Left Behind Games describes its recent success:
"There is a substantial market in mainstream retail business for Christian games. Our LEFT BEHIND: Tribulation Forces and Charlie Church Mouse games were completely sold out several days in advance of Christmas. Further, the original three-year old LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces game continued to show life as it was distributed in nearly every Target Store in America, demonstrating that Christian games have longer lives."
So look for a bunch of new God-centric video games in the next year or so, brothers and sisters!
A brief, sort-of related note: Any time I blog about anything remotely Christian, no matter how sensitive I try to be, I catch a lot of flack for "making fun" of Christianity, but I'm seriously not. I'm not mocking Christians, the Bible, or Jesus. I'm poking fun at the man made junk that surrounds Christianity. The terrible cartoons, bad movies, half-assed video games and obvious hucksterism is funny, no matter who you worship. Kirk Cameron is funny. Charlie Churchmouse is funny. Christians' heartfelt defense of their comparatively crappy and derivative entertainment products is funny, and a little sad, too. I have great respect for Christianity and Christians. Although I worship the great and terrible Cthulhu (may His name never be spoken), I am tolerant and respectful of all religions. I wish Christians were being served with Art that is as great and formidable as their religion. With the exception of Mel Gibson films, the Christian entertainment I've seen is simplistic drivel. Let's hope whatever Left Behind comes up with is worthy of Christian gamers.