When I was a kid in the golden age of video gaming, the 8Bit and 16bit days of the late 80’s and early 90’s, there were certain games I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on. Fighting games like Capcom’s Final Fight and Street Fighter 2 (HALLUKEN!!!) were some of my favorites, but there were also a lot of exciting adventure/action games around a lot of my buddies and I thought were cool.
Sometimes, we’d get together at my place and stay in front of the Nintendo or Super Nintendo for hours at a time, going crazy, just being kids, enjoying ourselves, and keeping our parents happy as these video games helped keep us out of the streets and out of trouble.
One day, my mom came in as we were glued to the TV, and asked us what game we were playing. We excitedly told her “Prince Of Persia”. She said “what!?” She immediately told us to turn that game off and get it out of our house at once. I was confused, a little upset, and didn’t understand why she said this. She told us that the “Prince Of Persia” is described in the Bible as a reference to a fallen angel on earth, doing the bidding of Satan. I was like “okay”; but in the game we are fighting and defeating evil, so whats the big deal?
The importance of this, is that we must be fully aware of what we let into our conscience, because whether you know it, understand it or not, there are spiritual forces at work looking to influence us in our daily lives. This is not “mumbo jumbo”, this is real people, as real as it gets. I understand, it may be difficult to fathom, but there is an ongoing battle between good and evil going on, and just as the good side is real, so is the evil, do not underestimate it’s power.
Ephesians 6:12 clearly states (NIV); “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
In the past 20 years or so, the evil influence in video games and film has become blatant, and with Disney’s release of the new “Prince Of Persia” film, it lets me know something about where Disney stands, or better yet, whose agenda they serve.
Earlier this year, “Dante’s Inferno” was released on PS3 and XBOX360. Sure, looks like an exciting action adventure any gaming junkie would love to dive into. Here’s what you might not have known about what you as the player are actually diving into: Hell. That’s right, as you fight demons and evil spirits for a chance of saving your lost loves soul, if you battle hard enough, you even eventually get do battle with good old Lucifer himself in the 9th circle of Hell at the end of the game. Now get this, during the game, your character has an opportunity to earn bonus points by killing “unabaptized babies”. Slaughter enough of them, and you win the “Bad Nanny” achivement. LMAO, enough is enough.
Some of the other Satanically themed recent video games are as follows;
Tecmo’s Deception: Invitation to Darkness – 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 teen).
Nocturne – A game in which the hero (a demon) destroys the three archangels St. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, then goes on to destroy God.
Devil Summoner – Involves communicating with and recruiting demons. One demon tells the player the Catholic Church “is such an eyesore” and in the end of the game, blows up the church.
Shadow Hearts – The hero uses his power to intercept and destroy God and “save the world.”
Dragon’s Age Origins – 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 player to have sex with a demon in exchange for a boy’s soul.
Guitar Hero – Players use guitars decorated with pentagrams. God is repeatedly mocked by the devil, and in the end, the devil is the hero of the game. Women dressed as Catholic school girls are degraded.
The Twilight series of books and movies introduces kids and teens to the themes and ideas of supernatural possession, acceptable blood sucking, black magick, wicca, and vampirism – not exactly thoughts or ideas I’d want running through my teenage daughters mind. This series of films has swept across America, raking in millions upon millions of dollars, with little regard for the possible damage it could cause to the fertile minds and hearts it is affecting.
What I am trying to make clear, is that we need to be very aware of what we are letting into our subconscious. Things that we may view as harmless entertainment, may have deeper meanings and influences, sometimes not always innocent in their intentions, and sometimes not always easily understood. As it is good to have an open mind, be smart. Parents, pay attention to what your kids are watching, what movies they are seeing, what games they are playing, and what internet sites they are visiting!
So sorry Disney, but you won’t be getting my hard earned cash to see an action movie named after the opposer of all things good. Not today.