If E3 thought it was going to happen without a hitch this year, it’d better think again. The very idea of the impending release of EA’s Dante’s Inferno has driven a group of people to attend E3 in their own unique way.
The Saved Group, as they are known (we’ll call ‘em TSG), have been outside the convention center in Los Angeles waving around signs with message like “EA = Electronic Anti-Christ” , “Hell is not a game” and “InferNO.” While these are no doubt ingenious slogans and the passion of TSG can’t be faulted, you have to wonder why in the world they are doing this.
According to member Cherry Adams, it’s because they feel it “disrespects [themselves], the Bible, [and] the Christian belief.” She also believes that “we don’t need this right now in our society”, when referring to Dante’s ability to leave Hell and use a crucifix as a weapon.
“Our youth today live in a fantasy world to begin with,” she continued. “And they don’t need any encouragement to follow in the sins that are laid out in the levels of hell.”
It looks as though video games will continue to feel the brunt of this kind of opinion, while other mediums like movies, art and even books constantly use apparently blasphemous imagery and seem to get away with it. I do, however, agree that kids should be encouraged to read Dante’s Inferno before playing the game; it’ll probably turn out to be a far more worthwhile use of your time.
Have you experienced anything slightly off-the-cuff at E3? Or have you heard of any other protests going around? Are these people being paid by EA? It wouldn’t surprise us at all.