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The Bible and Pop Culture

How has the Bible influenced video games?

As in other pop culture arenas, the world of video games contains biblical imagery. One recent example appears in the game Bioshock Infinite®. Before the game was released in March 2013, its religious content was in the news. Developed for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 by Irrational Games, this first-person shooter follows ex-Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt as he and a teenage girl he rescued named Elizabeth flee their pursuiers in the floating city of Columbia. High fantasy and American history mix with Christian theology in a game that has drawn both praise and criticism from the public. During the game’s development, one of Irrational Games’ employees (a devout Christian) became so offended at one part of the game that he wrote a letter of resignation when he saw the direction the game was taking. A lengthy discussion between Irrational Games’ creative director, Ken Levine, and the employee (who did not quit) prompted the writers to rewrite the game.



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