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  • zachary12505 - July 12, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    I noticed that assassin's Creed is mostly about scientology. The first game just felt like atheist propaganda, but when they started tangling science and religion in a much more complicated way than it needs to be, I realized that they were trying to alter and disprove religions through science. For instance, Adam and Eve were assassin's, people from the first civilization were mythical deity like beings, the apple of Eden was an artifact that creates halucinations (sorry if I spelled that wrong), the whole gypsy thing, and the end of the world being predicted. I'm not saying that's a bad thing because I respect all religions even though I am not a scientologist my self, but this may be like the slenderman murder thing, and kids will pretend to follow the religion as a joke, but will eventually be too into it and actually follow all of it. This means that the religion will have false members and it may become too popular. I also noticed that a lot of profiles in Watch Dogs say scientologist, so maybe it's just Ubisoft in general.
  • DryvBy - July 11, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    Actually, the Christian/Jewish version of Isaac is misrepresented as a story about a son being tricked as well. The text actually gives hints that Isaac knew all along and was fine with it. It also doesn't say he was a child. That's where people just assume without any understanding of the context that's given with the story. It references him as a na'ar, which is a young adult or the point when he's going into manhood.
  • CitizenWolfie - November 8, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    Unfortunately all this article has done is remind me how shit Advent Children was. What a convoluted mess *sigh* I always though the Assassin's Creed series was pretty good with religion. Sure, most of it is derived from Christian history but for the most part, it's just a smaller part of the wider conspiracy - you just happen to be there at the time. Just want to give a shout out to Broken Sword 1 & 2 for doing a a great job regarding their religious-based stories. It dealt with the Templars really well and I think it was fairly respectful of Mayan history also.
  • ivan-osorio - November 7, 2013 10:30 p.m.

    I'm saddened by the lack of mention to Valkyrie Profile. Norse mythologic completely subverted, but yet so much fun. The first one; The second one is awesome, but just crazy.
  • GR_ZachBetka - November 7, 2013 11:50 p.m.

    My friend has been trying to get me to play that game literally since we met 5 years ago. It sounds amazing and I have no clue why I haven't picked it up yet.
  • Eightboll812 - November 7, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    I'll throw another out there. How does Grim Fandango compare to source religion? It's an open question because I've played Grim Fandango, but I don't know enough about it's source religion to know if it is accurate or poorly portrayed.
  • Superdude576 - July 11, 2014 11:42 p.m.

    Grim Fandango isn't really based on a religion so much as a religious holiday. Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a popular Latin American Holiday. It is somewhat of an amalgamation between Latin American religious beliefs (from several older religions) and Christianity. The celebrations are October 31-November 2nd. It's a Christian religion, just not a traditional, "Old World" religious holiday. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead#Origins
  • Eightboll812 - November 7, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    I never really put much thought into the subject before, but I have a feeling Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father doesn't portray Voodoo particularly accurately :-).
  • GoldenEagle1476 - November 7, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    I always thought that the 'gypsies' in ACII were just simple Italian courtesans. Had no idea that they were wrongly portraying a different group of people. (Although now come to think of it, the word Romani does sound familiar...)
  • stephenkostas - November 7, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Hate to mess with your theory, but the Advent is the birth of Christ, not the second coming. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent That being said, Advent Children was filled with slightly misplaced Christian allusions.
  • GR_ZachBetka - November 7, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    Ah, my Catholic mother would be so disappointed. Nice catch, I'll fix that slide up.
  • g1rldraco7 - November 7, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    I always wondered why the writing was familiar and yet it's amazing at what we find by reading between the lines. Doesn't Skyrim have some religion in it? i mean there are gods they worship for love, honor, life, magic and yet worshiping Talos is outlawed in it.
  • Pruman - November 7, 2013 6:02 a.m.

    I realize this is only about real religions, but Unitology from Dead Space is about as close to a sci-fi parody of Scientology as you can get without waking their army of lawyers. My favorite use of religion in a game was in Civilization 4. It was totally unrealistic because anyone who got a certain technology first became the religion's founder, and missionaries could instantly convert entire populations. However, as a game mechanic, it was a BLAST. I always purse the "violent conquest" victory route in 4X games, and having a military-based leader, a state religion, and the Theocracy civic enabled you to build units that came out at a veteran experience level in cities with the state religion. You could also send in missionaries to convert cities and either improve diplomatic relations, or encourage them to join the One True Faith. It also gives me a ready-made excuse to start unprovoked wars of aggression when the civilization I want to conquer is a bunch of idol-worshipping heathens. :)
  • psyche_out86 - April 11, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    Did you say real religions? Odd use of the word 'real'...
  • R0v3R25 - November 7, 2013 4:56 a.m.

    the picture of the gypsies is from assassins creed revelations
  • C.King - November 6, 2013 10:47 p.m.

    pokemon #666 vivillon is the devil! compound eyes and uses the confusion causing natural disaster that is hurricane better than any other pokemon
  • Superdude576 - July 11, 2014 11:46 p.m.

    I wasn't aware that Satan came in the grand, horrifying form of....a butterfly.
  • Satchurated - November 6, 2013 7:50 p.m.

    To be honest I never remember Crash Bandicoot refer to vodou even once during the series. For the masks I just remember them being called masks and that's it. I feel that this article makes it seem as though the game over-glorified vodou when it was barely referenced at all.
  • JarkayColt - November 7, 2013 5:27 a.m.

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure the actual games themselves (at least the Naughty Dog series) was devoid of any direct reference to "Voodoo", however I'm certain some of the supporting documents like the game manuals described Aku Aku as being a "witch doctor". In fact, I think in the first game he was literally just called the "witch doctor mask" or something, as the name Aku Aku hadn't been introduced yet. Or so I remember. But I think the story behind Crash 3 was supposed to imply there was some sort of crazy voodoo magic-ry going on (in regards to Uka Ua being sealed away and whatnot). And I think the modern games gave them an implied backstory where they were once both powerful witch doctors who sealed themselves inside wooden masks or some rubbish. But it's not exactly expanded on that much.

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