[quote="Mungling, post:1, topic:259054"]
So, I was just looking at the Archbishop Benedictus thread regarding World of Warcraft and a thought came to me. For those of us who do play video games I ask: is it just me or is the portrayal religion in the video game world generally horrible. I can't remember the last time I've played a video game with a plot that was neutral towards religion let alone one with a positive bent. If they do deal with religion it will inevitably be a corrupt, often suspiciously Catholic-like sham. Anyone who you would consider devout is portrayed as a self-righteous nutjob unless that particular person is rebelling against the organized religion of the setting.
This really isn't intended to be a rant, I'm just curious if any fellow gamer has noticed how terribly organized religion is portrayed.
Being a teenager, I play video games when I can. I totaly agree with your assesment. In games like Assassins Creed,Christians are portrayed as corrupt, bad individuals who are usualy the bad guys.
However in the world of video games, there is one game that I have played that portrays religion very well. Its called Medieval 2 Total War (M2TW). It is an RTT/RTS, thus you have can chose to have control over different factions present in Medieval Europe. If you chose a Catholic Faction (such as Kingdom of France, Kingdom of England, Holy Roman Empire, ect), you can create priests (who can become bishops and cardinals and get elected to the Collage of Cardinals) who convert the population to Catholicism as they move around the world map. In order to recrute a priest, though, you muct build a church, which you can upgrade into an Abby, Cathedrial, ect. Also in the game is the Pope, who gives you missions, and who you have the option to elect once the current one dies, and you have a Cardinal in the Collage of Cardinals. Another twist is that if you anger the pope by wageing war against fellow Catholic factions, the pope can excomunicate you! The Orthodox factions (like the Byzantine Empire, or the Rebuplic of Novgorod) have a similar structure, however the pope, naturaly, is not present in their factions.
In addition, because the game is millitary orented, you can request the Pope to declare a Crusade on either Muslim, pagan, or rebel cities. When this happens, you can recrute Crusader units (Crusader Knights, Crusader Sergeant Spearmen, ect). In fact, there is even a faction called the Kingdom of Jerusalem, which you can play as in the mod Stainless Steel. The Teutonic Knights are also present in the game as they wage Holy War against the pagans of Lithuania. As a Muslim Faction (like the Seljuc Sultanate, or the Fatimid Caliphate), you can declare Jihads in a similar way.
All in all, its a very fun RTT/RTS game and I would highly recomend it. It is the only game that I have ever played the portrays religion well and even makes it an important part of the game. However, before playing it, download the Stainless Steel mod, which improves the game very much.
God Bless & Salve Regina!
-Pope Pius X :signofcross: