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A cult is most commonly defined as a religious group that preaches unorthodox believes, granted a lesser state of credibility than "real" religions and are often derided for their extreme practices and viewpoints. Ostensibly, the difference between a cult and religion is popularity. So there, that's a nice inflammatory lead into the main article.

It's about cults in videogames. Enjoy!

 

The Mythic Dawn (Oblivion)

Considering the fact the Daedra are demons, several of whom take active pleasure from the misery and suffering of mortals, pretty much any of the Daedric cults found in Oblivion are certifiably insane. However, the followers of Oblivion's principal baddie, Mehrunes Dagon, take home the loony prize.

The ultimate goal of the Mythic Dawn is to allow an army of slavering, malformed, vicious Daedra to invade Tamriel, and it's fairly safe to assume the region's inhabitants will all be put to uniform slaughter. Members of the cult believe that they will be reborn in Camoran's Paradise, which of course is actually a Hellish pit of misery where cultists are tortured in the name of larks and japes.

For wanting to trade the lives of an entire world for a bit of power, and for being incredibly stupid at the same time, the Mythic Dawn definitely deserves a placement.

 

The Saturnine (BioShock)

To be considered crazy by an army of drug-crazed lunatics, one must be incredibly, impressively demented. That alone is condemnation enough for The Saturnine, a nature-worshipping cult first introduced in BioShock. The other citizens of Rapture simultaneously fear and revile this "aging bunch of fratboys" - and considering that Splicers are, by and large, all insane and hideous, it takes a real special quality to be seen as the worst of that bad lot.

The Saturnine are named after the Roman God of agriculture, Saturn. They like to wear masks made of wood and little twig antlers, and apparently sacrifice pumpkins to the gods they serve, which appear to be appropriated from other aspects of Roman mythology. They also have a bad habit of mixing up Plasmids and human blood to create a substance they call "Ambrosia."

Yeah ... them's gone all zany.

 

The Covenant (Halo)

Like all good religions, The Covenant masks bigotry and intolerance under the guise of prophecy and divine law. Basically a bunch of racists, this theocratic military force from the Halo universe comprises a number of alien species united under the belief that humans are an affront to the gods and must be eradicated.

Slightly more sinister than holding a bake sale to save the church roof.

The Covenant's doctrine stems from an incorrect interpretation of something said by total strangers thousands of years ago, and yet from this bad translation comes an entire army of zealots who either believe everything they're told with blind faith, or have been conscripted, indoctrinated and essentially forced to swallow what they're being force-fed.

Sounds kind of familiar, actually.

109 comments

  • Galaxy010 - December 27, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    I can't believe they forgot the Happy Happy cult.
  • g1rldraco7 - December 26, 2013 11:11 p.m.

    I was offended by how The Roman Catholic was represented in Dante's Inferno since I am Catholic, but hey it's just a game. Also the Dead Space cult scared the hell out of me and that fact a women was laughing as she stabbed herself repeadley.
  • SqueakyBabyDuck - December 27, 2013 10:35 p.m.

    I respect that you were offended, but if you claim to be catholic than please know the past and roots of our religion. During the crusades all the rape and pillaging did happen, mostly because the crusaders were told by the pope that everything they did is for God. If your also angered with the display of how strict it is such as gluttony, I'm sorry to say but at one point the Catholic Church did indeed believe in the Seven Deadly Sins and some still do to this day. Don't confuse me informing with ranting. All I'm saying friend is if you knew all this, please don't deny that it happened. (I am also Catholic)
  • g1rldraco7 - December 27, 2013 10:50 p.m.

    You made things perfectly clear, It's nice to have a positive reply to a comment. Thank you and nie to meet you :)
  • SqueakyBabyDuck - December 28, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    Nice too meet you too friend. :)
  • Doctor_Pancakes - December 25, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    Lol classy, a gaming's biggest cults article on the date of the world's biggest cults biggest holiday. Best radar joke yet! Cheers folks, Happy Holidays!
  • Shigeruken - December 24, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    People making comments were much angrier in 2010 weren't they?
  • GenderBender_9000 - December 24, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    Some of these made up religions don't seem so bad when compared to "real religions"
  • TheChief - October 8, 2010 1:29 p.m.

    This is why I love gamesradar, journalistic freedom. I salute you!
  • Gurkog - October 8, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    I am amused by how naive people can be about religions. Every single one practiced today is a cult that branched off of something before it. Just because they may have become more popular than the originals does not validate them. If the Catholic religion was so great there wouldn't be so many protestant religions branching from it. So learn to live and laugh and take everything with a grain of salt.
  • TheWebSwinger - October 8, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    oooooh SNAP
  • echelon3 - October 7, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Well,you got the second part about the Covenant right. The first part though, where they are united under the belief that humanity is an affront to the gods, is kind of wrong. The Covenant were around long before they found out about the humans. The reason the Covenant are trying to eradicate the humans instead of absorb them as another race of the Covenant is because the humans show up as one of the Covenant's most revered symbols on their Reliquaries, "Reclamation". Reliquaries are what the Covenant use to find Forerunner Artifacts and you actually see one briefly in Halo Reach. When the Covenant first found a human world, they thought that the world was filled with Forerunner artifacts, when instead it was filled with humans. When the Minister of Fortitude decided to present this evidence to Mendicant Bias, the last of the AI that was present during the initial Flood-Forerunner War (not to mention the one that betrayed the Forerunners), he corrected the Covenant's translation error. What they thought was "Reclamation" actually was the symbol for "Reclaimers" meaning that the humans were the true "descendants" to the Forerunners Legacy, not the Covenant. The Minister of Fortitude knew that this would break the Covenant Theology so he made sure no one would ever know and overthrew the San shyu'um that were the Prophets at the time, becoming the Prophet of Truth himself and the only other two that knew about the human controversy becoming the Prophets of Regret and Mercy. That is where the whole eradicating humans thing comes in.
  • KippDynamite - October 7, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    I have major issues with some aspects of the catholic church, but this this doesn't seem like the right place for those opinions. Maybe facebook would be better?
  • ViolentLee - October 7, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    I'm glad you didn't include those douches from Dead Rising. Asshats in yellow raincoats do not belong in zombie mall.
  • cj12297 - October 7, 2010 6:13 p.m.

    someone who isnt afraid to tell the truth about the catholic church. good job ps. im catholic and laughed at the last one
  • RUSSO - October 7, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    There are so many many many more. Don't forget about the Cabal from the Blood games. Also the monastery cult from the Infernal game.
  • deathdealerd21 - October 7, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    Catholicism still threatening children around the world stop terrorism and kill Christians.
  • NanoElite666 - October 7, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    I remember those Mythic Dawn loonies. Marched right into their base and slaughtered every last one of 'em. Good times, good times...
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - October 7, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    Who gives a fuck about religion? Their all beliefs based on fantasies. The world would be a better place if everyone invested their time into science rather than religion. Oh and fun article Jim!
  • csmirk - October 7, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    the people in yellow hoods and green masks from dead rising

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