Thursday, June 4, 2009


[posted by James N.]

This past week was the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) Video Game Convention. One of game publisher Electronic Art's games on display this year was Dante's Inferno based on the first book of The Divine Comedy.

The player controls Dante, a veteran of the Crusades who must chase his beloved Beatrice and try to free her soul from Lucifer’s grasp. As his pursuit takes him deeper into the pits of Hell, he must battle ever more fierce and hideous monsters, while also facing his own sins, a dark family past, and his unforgivable war crimes.

It might be a bit of a stretch, if you're a literary purist, but on the other hand, at least it classes up the video game world, right? Well, fundamentalist Christians don't seem to think so, and showed up in protest at E3:
It seems that gaming giant EA, (that's Electronic Anti-Christ for those of you church folk) has angered the religious denizens of LA with its sinfully spectacular title, Dante's Inferno. The 'Go to Hell' tagline seems to the main focus of debate, with angry protesters warning ignorant gamers to steer clear of the title, regarding it as 'tainted' and 'evil.'

"We are on a crusade to stop the blasphemous glorification of HELL and its minions as presented by Dante's Inferno. The ever decaying youth and slovenly adults who engage with Dante's Inferno are a victim of our society's pointless need to flirt with Satan and his lustful campaign to corrupt human souls...We say NO. We say inferNO."

Dante's Inferno Official Game Site


And if that's not weird enough for you, there's talk of making a video game out of Walden. I guess you'd win points by avoiding people?