Left Behind: Eternal Forces: a hate-based video game
Plot and description
The game's plot:
The game is based on the Left Behind series of books which state that God had separated
young children and the
saved -- individuals who have repented of
their sin and trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior -- from the Earth. In a process
called the Rapture, they miraculously rose
through the air to meet Jesus Christ. They abandon trains, planes, automobiles,
jobs, fields, sidewalks, homes, etc. That leaves only confused unbelievers "left
behind" on earth. Some would be nominal Christians who were not saved before the
rapture. Others would be Muslims, Hindus, many
Mormons, many Roman Catholics,
followers of other world religions, secularists,
The "good side" is represented by the "Tribulation Force." These are
often spouses, family members, and relatives of the saved Christians who had
been raptured, have left the Earth, and are now with Jesus. According to the most common
Evangelical Christian interpretation of key biblical passages, everyone left behind on earth
must endure seven years of tribulation -- violent, horrendous evil which will
cause the death of one third of the population of Earth in the greatest
Holocaust the world has ever seen.
On the other side -- the bad guys -- are the non-Christians: the United Nations,
the Antichrist, and his "Global Community Peacekeepers." They are the
enemy to be destroyed.
The game involves a battle for New York City. It has a few interesting
wrinkles not found in other violent computer games involving mass destruction
- Both the Tribulation Force and Global Community Peacekeepers
attempt to recruit lost souls in addition to fighting each other.
- Whenever a "good guy" kills an unbeliever or an innocent person, he or
she loses some of their spirituality which has to be restored through
prayer. Otherwise they might weaken to the point where they are in danger of
being recruited by the infidels.
- There are armies of angels and demons are present who contribute to the
- When a person dies, there is no blood and gore; the body simply
Description of the game:
The creators of the game expect to receive either an "E" rating (appropriate
for ages 6 and above) or a "T" rating (for ages 13 and above.) It can be played
by a single person, or by a team of up to eight players. In the latter case, one
has the opportunity to play as a member of either the Tribulation Force or the
Global Community Peacekeepers.
According to the producers of the game, one can engage in the following
- "Conduct physical & spiritual warfare, using the power of
prayer to strengthen your troops in combat and wield modern military
weaponry throughout the game world."
- "Recover ancient scriptures and witness spectacular Angelic and Demonic activity as a direct consequence of your choices."
- "Command your forces through intense battles across a breathtaking, authentic depiction of New York City."
- "Control more than 30 units types - from Prayer Warrior and Hellraiser to Spies, Special Forces and Battle Tanks!"
The Left Behind Games web site contains two Quick Time
Newsweek Magazine commented:
"Left Behind Games CEO Troy Lyndon, whose company went public in
 February, says the game's Christian themes will grab the audience that
didn't mind gore in 'The Passion of the Christ.' 'We've thought through how
the Christian right and the liberal left will slam us,' says Lyndon. 'But
megachurches are very likely to embrace this game.' Though it will be
marketed directly to congregations, Forces will also have a secular ad
campaign in gaming magazines." 2
The FAQ section of the Eternal Forces web
Question: "What is the level of violence
in the game?"
Answer: "Our game includes violence, but excludes blood,
decapitation, killing of police officers, etc. Our game is expected to be
widely accepted by the mainstream and Christian marketplaces, just as they
have accepted Star Wars games which are "T" for teen rated. We have taken
great care to make certain that consequences for poor gamer behavior will
adequately reflect the gamers actions. Accordingly, unnecessary killing will
result in lower Spirit points."
does your game compare to more widely known games such as Grand Theft Auto
or 25 to Life?"
Answer: "LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces was developed to provide an
alternative form of entertainment to those desiring more positive game
content, while still engaging core gamers in battle. The difference is that
our game features fictional battles set on the stage of an apocalyptic
world. Our game includes no intestines, no blood spatter, no severed limbs,
no vulgar language, no sexual conduct, no morally reprehensible conduct --
such as cop-killing, prostitute-bashing, or other criminal behavior, no
Bible-bashing believers, no Bible thumpers, no radical extremists killing in
the name of God, no abortion clinic stalkers --or other such content in the
games you mention." 3
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Left Behind Games," at:
- Newsweek Magazine, 2006-MAR-06.
- "Frequently asked Questions," LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces, at:
Copyright © 2006 to 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2006-JUN-06
Latest update: 2008-SEP-18
Author: B.A. Robinson