'El Shaddai' on rare video-game turf: the Bible
Developers hope players will look beyond the game and find out more about the Biblical story after playing "El Shaddai."
August 26th, 2011
04:02 PM ET

'El Shaddai' on rare video-game turf: the Bible

By Larry Frum, Special to CNN

(CNN) - There's "God of War" and "Devil May Cry." "Kid Icarus" and "Battle for Asgard."

Plenty of video games use mythical gods or other characters and creatures from beyond to drive their stories.

But notably absent, at least among mainstream titles? The Bible. At least until now.

Read the full story on "El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron"
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  1. McJesus

    A LOT of so-called entertainment is bible/religion based. Why? Because the myth captures people's interest in so-called supernatural things. Witches, warlocks, ghosts, vampires.. all that stuff stemmed from religious beliefs. What was considered mainstream fact (witchcraft) is now mere entertainment. The modern religious just don't acknowledge the stupidity of their past. Witch burnings. The crusades. The inquisition. Yeah. It happened. People who believed in such nonsense as witchcraft were behind it. The modern religious just cherry pick and conveniently forget the idiocy of the past, and selectively ignore the bits an pieces of their religion that they don't like.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  2. Reality

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Book of Enoch:

    "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not consider the Book of Enoch to be part of its standard canon, though it is believed that the original Book of Enoch was an inspired book. The Book of Moses, found within the scriptural canon of the LDS Church, has several similarities to the Book of Enoch,[30] including names[31] that have been found in some versions of the Book of Enoch, and is believed by the Church to contain a condensed record of Enoch."

    More Mormon weirdness!!!!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  3. Amadea

    All right all you God-mockers out there, I would like you to consider the following, even for a fraction of a second, which is probably your attention span: You are all suffering from what the ancient Greeks called HUBRIS. More than pride, it connotes an arrogance born of self-importance. With all the latest technological wonders, trips to the moon and Mars, atomic weapons, Hadron colliders, etc., we have lost sight of just how puny is humankind. With all our knowledge, big brains, university degrees and amazing (to us) technology, consider than we dwell on a damp little planet, in an ordinary solar system, in the boonies of a very ordinary spiral galaxy which is composed of billions of stars, millions of which are much, much larger than our sun. Not only that, but this galaxy (The Milky Way) is just one in a universe which boasts BILLIONS OF GALAXIES!! Left to your own devices, taking God out of the equation, you are just not that significant. Yet He loves you so much He send His Son to save you! Why? I admit I cannot fathom it, so I just thank Him for the gift and pray for you, unbeliever, that your eyes and heart may yet be opened to this unfathomable love. Now, go look in the mirror, see yourself for who you really are, and get over yourself.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Free

      Ah, actually it's because science has demonstrated just how insignificant we humans are in the universe that many have turned away from the religious view that we are the special creations of a an all-powerful god. I find it curious that folks who imagine themselves the masterpiece of a creator god who made the entire universe, who made us in "his image" no less, accuse people who see themselves as ordinary, insignificant parts of a vast universe of having inflated egos. Just amazing!

      August 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Free, true science and God are in perfect harmony.

      “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

      Revelation 4:11

      August 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Free

      "Free, true science and God are in perfect harmony."

      If you already know what the only acceptable answer is to any question then it's just parroting. Science is about discovery. Perhaps you should ask some Intelligent Design folks how far they've gone in identifying who the creator being was, or how it managed to create an entire universe, or where it was before it did that? ID's supposed to be a science, but it's funny how it never makes any original discoveries.

      “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

      This actually fits the idea that we are all just sims in somebody's advanced computer program. Actually, this idea is far more likely than the traditional view of God.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  4. Xenia

    Atheists never have any original idea. All they do is corrupting and warping the good existing ideas.
    Force of corrosion = the Western atheism (Communists were different as they had some sincere, decent ideals for society. The hedonistic Western atheists have no ideal but only destruction of good.)

    August 28, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Counting Wizard

      I am Episcopal myself, recently baptized about 4 years ago, and chose my religion after never having been very religious. I will tell you one thing, atheists are anything but destructive; they worship reason. They do not lack moral values simply because they do not believe in god.

      August 28, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Counting Wiz, now repeat after me. Most rebellious atheist today had parents or grandparents (go back to the ancestor that believed and read Jesus’ truth) that believed in the Almighty and read the Bible. With that finally cleared up for you and them, these arrogant folks want to break away from how they were raised, steal Jesus’ truth, call it something else … because after all, they lie to themselves and lie to others.


      August 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Theoxenia

      Atheists never have any original ideas? Really? LOL Religion seems mired in a variation of a theme that began before the stone age, with only cosmetic changes to appease the whims of the populace. As for your assertion that I warp good existing ideas as part of my Western hedonism, may I offer that I firmly believe that living a moral life is even more paramount without a God. It is part of my social responsibility to demonstrate morality to ensuing generations. I don't do a good deed hoping for a reward, nor do I not do a bad deed due to fear of punishment. Actions must be taken because we know they are moral and right, and I don't need the finger of God to spell out what humanity should already know.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Theoxenia, apparently, you are determined to wiz past what I wrote to wiz. You prove that atheists are liars, dry bones, spiritually dead you atheists are (LOL).


      August 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Theoxenia

      HeavenSent: What a diatribe. Do you bless your God with that same keyboard? I don't hate you or feel threatened by you... c'mon, have a Coke and a smile, Cheers Mate!

      August 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • Observation

      Still me, I just like to let my Xenia persona come out sometimes. So how's it going? Is he still hating on the West like always? I really wish that guy would relax...

      August 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Xenia

      Be still, Observation! You are not permitted to speak for me/him anymore! You have caused enough problems here, and we must all remember that Western ideas are the reason I castrated myself in the first place. It was painful, but necessary.

      August 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  5. WiserThanEwe (not a sheep)

    And Beck said, "Let there be god", and it was so. And Beck saw his god and saw it was opportunity. And the evening and the morning were the eight day.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
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