As a long-time fan of both Satan and his lesser demons (particularly Belphegor, All Hail!) I couldn't be happier about this news: Satan is making comeback in video games. According to The Bulletin, ("Philadelphia's Family Newspaper"):
"Even the most hard-core gamers are sounding the alarm about the rise in the number of satanically-themed video games that target God and Christianity, invite players to make pacts with the devil, and elevate Satan to hero status."
Here are the main offenders, compiled by Lance Christian, 32, of Alton, Illinois
- Deception: Invitation To Darkness (Playstation) – Players “make an unholy pact and sell their soul to Satan in exchange for power” with the object of the game being to ensure the resurrection of Satan and obtain his power. (This game is rated “T” for teens.)
- Nocturne (Playstation 2): A game in which the hero (a demon) destroys the three Archangels St. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, then goes on to destroy God.
- Shadow Hearts (Playstation 2): The hero uses his power to intercept and destroy God and “save the world.” (Some games in this series are rated “T”.)
- Dragon Age Origins (Playstation 3/Xbox 360): The game revolves around the story of God going mad and cursing the world. A witch attacks believers and players can “have sex” with her in a pagan act called “blood magic” so she can “give birth to a god.” Another scenario allows players to have sex with a demon in exchange for a boy’s soul.
Other, more recent offenders include Dante’s Inferno, Guitar Hero, Devil Summoner, Koudelka, Trapt, Bayonetta, and Darksiders.
Wow, Lance, you had to dig, man -- Deception: Invitation To Darkness came out in 1997, and Dragon Age isn't about the Judeo-Christian pantheon at all. But either way, I love the kitchy representations of Satan in popular culture. That actual adult people are trying to stamp out a literal, physical Evil being is endearing and reassuring, because if there's actually a thousand-headed goat of corruption (or whatever) preying on the good people of the world from his underground lair, it means the Universe isn't an uncaring void with no direction or purpose, and we're all on an important spiritual mission as opposed to being just some inexplicably conscious pieces of meat floating around on a rock in the middle of an unimaginably huge emptiness. So, yeah! Let's all fight Satan!