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The Journey of Moses is the first biblically-based Facebook game.
August 16th, 2011
11:28 PM ET

Moses' journey now a Facebook game

By Gabe LaMonica, CNN

(CNN) - Moses is a cartoon with a big head, a small body and beady black button eyes with a spiky grey beard and spongy grey hair in a new game on Facebook.

The art style is meant to reflect "the casual social game" that it is, says Brent Dusing, CEO of Hexify, creator of the first biblically based Facebook game, The Journey of Moses. "It's a fun, immersive, adventure game, so it's meant to be fun but respectful to the content and appropriate for the gravity of the story."

Dusing says "300 million people play social games on Facebook." That's close to the population of the United States, so his target audience is "anyone from 13 to over 70 ... it's a timeless story that billions around the world know."

At the beginning of the game, pharoah's daughter, reminiscent of a Cleopatra bobble-head, picks up a bundled baby Moses and cradles him in her arms.

Moses is often portrayed as a great stutterer, timid of speaking in public, but in the game he is soon called a man schooled in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, molded into a Moses "powerful in speech and in action."

"Moses starts out as the grandson essentially of the king of the world," Dusing said.

From that starting point, any Facebook user who agrees to the terms of the application can invite friends to immerse themselves in a social game revolving around the life and journey of the religious figure.

It's free, but users can purchase elements along the way to better their experience in the game.

The Journey of Moses, like Facebook itself, is addictive, and advancement through the game, in which there is "no winning or losing," is contingent on social connections.

"It's an adventure quest game," or a "map exploration game," Dusing said. "A little bit like Zelda merged with the Moses story - that kind of gameplay where you're exploring different areas and find different items and meet different people to propel the story."

The small map expands exponentially as one gets further into the game. The player has to add friends to achieve certain things, thereby enabling Moses to pick up items otherwise locked to him in the game. The player must participate with friends as a collective to progress through certain parts of the story.

Brent Dusing is a Christian, but Hexify is not a Christian company, and this is not its first foray into the lucrative sea of Facebook-style social adventure games.

"It's been getting a very positive reception," he says, "with quite a few people playing it already."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Culture & Science • Technology

soundoff (369 Responses)
  1. DC

    I don't think should be on Facebook. First amendment should protect people from this sort of stuff.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:11 am |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Rethink what you wrote. Hey I tolerate the delusional christians but your statement is pretty ignorant. Really think about what Facebook is. *rolling eyes*

      August 17, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  2. JT

    There's so much blood, gore, r@pe, murder and genocide in the OT that it makes modern day games look like they are for pre-school children. No one does wholesale slaughter better than the jealous, petty, psychotic god of the bible.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:56 am |
    • Real Deal

      Yeah, I guess we've got to hand it to those old authors - they did have imaginative, creative streaks in their fantasy writing.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:01 am |
  3. Joe

    Woohoo!!!

    I can't wait to play the level where Moses commits GENOCIDE against the Midianites – killing all the men, women and young boys... sparing the virgin girls so they may be "captured" of course! (NUMBERS 31)

    Of course they all deserved to be slaughtered because they were so wicked – like when they graciously took Moses in, after he fled Egypt for committing murder.

    Speaking of Egypt, I wonder if the game shows the part where God murders the first born sons of Egypt – many of them innocent children! – in order to smite Pharaoh.

    I also wonder if it shows the part where Moses orders a man to executed for working on the Sabbath...

    Or when he lays the ground rules for capturing, selling, and beating slaves...

    Or when he gives instructions for ETHNIC CLEANSING in the lands of Canaan...

    I can't wait for my children to play this! X-D

    August 17, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • Anon

      Movies and games about the myths of Moses never go beyond the book of Exodus, so I really doubt that's in this game.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  4. Greg G.

    So stupid. So very, very stupid. More brain poison from the evangelicals, disguised as a cartoon game...

    August 17, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Wzrd1

      You are RIGHT, Greg G!
      NO MORE FIRST AMENDMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      BRAIN POISON IS ILLEGAL!
      NO RELIGION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      NO FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, THOSE RELIGIOUS TURNCOATS!
      NO MORE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, IT WAS ABUSED BY THE RELIGIOUS IDIOTS TO KILL, KILL, KILL, KILL, KILL!!!!!!!!!
      NO MORE FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, RELIGION ABUSED IT TO KILL, KILL, KILL, KILL, KILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      LONG LIVE BIG BROTHER!
      FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
      IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
      WAR IS PEACE
      You are a moron.
      For, you forget CHECKS AND BALANCES.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • Ian

      wzrd – heil hitler. farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts farts

      August 17, 2011 at 3:24 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      wzrd1, he didnt say anything about banning it or anyhting worthy of your response, he just said it was a lame game about a lame subject.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  5. sgreco

    When the first Islamic game hits facebook, we'll see these same christian posters turn rabid.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • Sitnalta

      Or the athiest game. Where you play a cartoonish character who sits on a couch and catches up on the Lost DVDs he got from the library. Then on level 2: X-tream sleep-in on Sunday.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:36 am |
    • Awkward Situations

      The Mohammed game. Where you play a game starring a cartoon Mohammed. But there's a twist.. the real game starts when you have to escape attempts of murder on your life after some angry Muslims get mad for the visual depiction of their hero. It wouldn't even be that difficult for them to find out where you live.. it being facebook and all. Can't wait!

      August 17, 2011 at 4:07 am |
    • de de de ^

      I would like to add to Sitnalta"s game. Level 3: spending all day on cnn forums bashing all religions, claiming they would rather live their life to the fullest, if they do that, they unlock a secret level located on tatooine where they master-b8 with light-sabers.

      August 17, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Yoda

      Love that idea, i do

      August 17, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • chewy

      baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      August 17, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  6. Smite Me

    Faisal
    "When you go to hell I'm going to be laughing at you."

    You *do* know that you will go to hell for saying that (or even thinking it). Now, go wash your left foot and turn around three times in the bathroom, touch the top of your head and then go jump in the lake....

    August 17, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • Wzrd1

      REGARDLESS of faith, such a judgement is to be mournful of, whilst being vindicated.
      To rejoice in the destruction of one who caused or wished no harm is FAR objectionable in ALL faiths derived from Abraham.
      If one observed said faiths, one would KNOW that.
      So, with due respect, I'll stand WELL away from you on the day of judgement, whilst I stand true to my Jewish, Christian and Muslim friends, to honestly stand beside them and offer witness to their adherence to the WISH of the creator.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • Anon

      It's ironic that Yahweh is a personification of a volcano.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  7. Don

    Why would you want to play a game when you know how it ends? Part of the fun is the surprise that awaits you. I'm a lifetime Catholic and I think this games sound boring. Now maybe if Moses joined the mafia and went into battle against the pharoah's mafia in a rock em sock em robots type game, that's another story.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:13 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Complacency dealt the death blow to the Czar, rouge that he was. Such was fully true in Nazi Germany.
      Do we DARE risk such HERE?
      I have ZERO problems with ANY faith in the world in our nation.
      But, FAITH is under attack. To the point of FOLLOWING 1984 as an instruction manual!
      I'll ALSO qualify faith as atheism.
      Hence, ALL are under threat.
      Along with that silly first amendment.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • BG

      " the Czar, rouge that he was..."

      Nicholas liked makeup?

      Rogue, Wiz.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @wzrd
      Faith is hardly a virtue, so why worry about it "being under attack"?
      Complacency comes when we willingly cease rational inquiry – which is the very definition of faith.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  8. Eric

    Lots of people won't say a word about games with blood and gore and zombies and murderous spree, carjackings, blowing heads et al, and they love these kind of games. But when it comes to Bible stuff they have some sort of deadly allergy reaction to it. On the other hand, articles like this serves as a gauge, at least we know how many bible-haters or Christianity haters are out there.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Frankly, I don't CARE how many hate the Bible, Torah or Quran.
      What is of concern is those who wish to have the first amendment repealed.
      For, THEN, Big Brother is safe to appear.
      Read nineteen eighty four, it seems to have NOW become an instruction manual, rather than the warning it was intended to be.
      Interestingly enough, it was the US that was the Big Brother source.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:15 am |
    • Eric

      Hello. Where can I find 1984? Sorry I know nothing about this.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • Greg G.

      Eric, author George Orwell wrote "1984" in 1948. You can find a copy easily at Amazon. (Worth reading)

      August 17, 2011 at 2:26 am |
    • Eric

      Ah ok, I will try to grab a copy of that book. It made me think about the old Apple TV commercial. Thanks.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • jimtanker

      Eric,

      The difference is that people know that those games are a work of fiction and treat them as such. It is the delusional fools who treat the bible as real that are causing the problem.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:37 am |
  9. Anon

    I really doubt that this game goes beyond Exodus.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:10 am |
  10. Augure

    Of course, the first religious game is jewish!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:08 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Why not? The first RELIGION that was widespread was Jewish in origin.
      Or wasn't Jesus a JEW?

      August 17, 2011 at 2:21 am |
    • Sitnalta

      Well, if you're going to make a video game, Old Testament is the way to go. Jesus is a pathetic character and nobody is going to touch the Quran. I suppose the Hindu myths would make some fun games.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:27 am |
    • Anon

      Buddhism wins!

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fzyjXoa0-M&w=640&h=390]

      August 17, 2011 at 2:39 am |
    • jimtanker

      Wzrd1,

      Where do you get that? The precurssors to Wicca, Earth based religions, were practiced all around the world for tens of thousands of years before there ever was a Jewish religion.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:39 am |
    • Anon

      Remember in the minds of the evangelicals the earth and the universe are 6,000 due to Jesus.

      August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Anon

      6,000 years old due to Yahweh/Jesus.*

      August 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  11. Sitnalta

    Why is this news? There have been tons of religious games, and they were all lame. That fact is: religion isn't fun.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Because, heresy for ALL faiths of the current majority is COOL!
      How BETTER to undermine the ENTIRE first amendment?
      Undermine freedom of religion, undermine the rights guaranteed under it.
      Remove the most vociferous, even IF misguided, remove protection for the REST of it.
      Then, the following can be permitted:
      IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
      WAR IS PEACE
      FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
      LONG LIVE BIG BROTHER!
      For, without the objectionable, the unconscionable comes into power easily.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • Anon

      Myths are okay, forced dogmas are the problem.
      Play Okami for some Shinto religious myth fun.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:13 am |
    • tallulah13

      Oh, come on! How about that biblical board game Ned Flander's kids were playing The Simpsons? Todd got to clothe the leper!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:14 am |
  12. SAM

    Moses is not mention in bible only, He has been mentioned in Quran as well.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:54 am |
    • Sitnalta

      The Quran is based heavily on the other two books. It's basically Muhammad's treatise on Judaism and Christianity.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:13 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Sitnalta, Christianity was based upon Judaism. In short, it was Judaism made easy.
      Rather like Buddha made Hinduism easy...
      So, your point is null and void, based upon its entirety. You FAILED to expound into further FACTS.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Sitnalta

      You should... like... read what you write. Because I don't think you're saying what you think you're saying.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:31 am |
  13. Opie

    So how many points do I score for murdering 3,000 apostates in accordance with halacha?

    August 17, 2011 at 1:47 am |
  14. blehblehbleh

    of course the first religious game on facebook is jewish.....BARF.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:31 am |
    • Wzrd1

      OK, nothing from Jewish faith shall EVER be allowed.
      Therefore, the US is an official atheist state.
      LONG LIVE BIG BROTHER.
      IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
      FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
      WAR IS PEACE!
      One has SOME checks to have a balance or one has NONE. ZERO first amendment.
      How's life feel, Winston?

      August 17, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  15. Bo

    I forgot to say, some people (I think a lot) sign up their pets or imaginary friends, so there is a descrepency in the number of people who actualy play these games. (I know 3 people who do this, so how many others do it? They are the only people I know who play these games, so that makes a 100%)

    August 17, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Since I redeployed home, I've barely BEEN on facebook.
      So, my wife uses my account in cooperation with her own in some BS games.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:27 am |
  16. Bo

    There may be 300m people doing these FaceBook games, but as far as I'm concerned they are time wasteing nonsence. As with the other games, there is nothing to be learned, for sure nothing Biblical. Who knows what will be bought, sold, given away or redieved as gifts etc.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Now, now,now, lessons ARE being learned.
      My wife now knows how to cook a hamburger for 16 hours, how to fight off 7000 zombies and how to make a farm work without soil, fertilizer or seed.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:28 am |
  17. Ben naidoo MD

    P Morgan --- are you aware that faith in religion is inversely related to education level. Do I sense panic in your discourse with Penn?

    August 17, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Funny, doctor, how you relate the OBVERSE to the most recently released scientific STUDY, which decries your frequently repeated lies.
      Albert Einstein even believed in God, as was related in his own diaries. I guess HE was an idiotic, uneducated person too.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • Awkward Situations

      Albert Einstein did NOT believe in a supernatural or personal god who can read minds or cares about what we humans do. Theists love to misrepresent his beliefs. Since you are familiar with his writings you must surely be familiar with these statements:

      "It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."

      "I am a deeply religious nonbeliever. This is a somewhat new kind of religion."

      "I have never imputed to Nature a purpose or a goal, or anything that could be understood as anthropomorphic. What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism."

      "The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naive."

      August 17, 2011 at 4:50 am |
    • UncleAlbert

      On how Einstein feels about atheist efforts to claim him as an ally: "There are people who say there is no God, but what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views."

      August 17, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • Awkward Situations

      Durr de durr.. nice try. Read again. I never said he was an atheist.

      August 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  18. Awkward Situations

    Awesome! When can we expect the Mohammed game to come out!?

    August 17, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • BG

      Soon. 10 credits will buy you a block of C-4 and Muneef will be offering to water your camels while you're gone...

      August 17, 2011 at 2:10 am |
  19. Faith

    Americans are no longer that smart because they don't read Moses like the religious Jews do. The Old Testament Bible has more realistic wisdom than all FBI and CIA and NASA combined.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Wzrd1

      ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!
      The Bible has LITTLE of the JEWISH version of the Old Testament, it was EDITED OUT by the Roman Emperor Constantine, who ordered the Nicene Council to write HIS version of the bible.
      So, faith is FAR more important than the "word of God", as REVEALED.
      Edited is BETTER.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • truth

      @wzrd1.....you have been fixed, right?

      August 17, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Faith
      If I ever want to sell my daughter, the Old Testament will be the first place I look to for instructions.

      August 17, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Faith

      @W-, the Bible has been preserved precizely. The Dead Sea Scrolls proved it. The Jews are not clumsy like secular Americans. The Old Testament Bible today's Christians have is same as what the Jews had 2,000 years ago. @Doc-, it was better than starvation and death for the whole family for the entire human history. Those girls were treated better than today's housewives in Canada.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  20. Reality

    Gabe noted: "it's a timeless story that billions around the world know."

    What he should have said: "its a timeless myth that billions have been brainwashed with as being true."

    To wit: As we "thump" yet again the New Torah For Modern Minds:

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

    August 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Faisal

      When you go to hell I'm going to be laughing at you.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:40 am |
    • Anon

      It's a real pity that religious folk will probably never realize that their lives are finite and only non-existence (after brain death) awaits them like all other creatures on this planet.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • Steve

      The Conservative movement has not come out with a new Torah, perhaps a new commentary but not a "New Torah" there was only one torah given for all faiths, Orthodox, Conservative and Reform.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:44 am |
    • The Guy

      Thats because god cleaned up all the poetry. Duh. He removed it so he would challenge our faith.

      Wait that would make god a deceiver... crap

      August 17, 2011 at 9:24 am |
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