It’s been the video game Halo that has been getting all the news of late. Churches are being called out for using violent video games, such as the popular game Halo, to attract teens to youth events. The New York Times wrote a piece recently called “Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except In Church?” If you’d like to read a good article on this subject, my friend Brandon wrote a great piece on this subject.
BUT … while that may be the popular video game news right now, I think we’re missing out on an even better video game called “Altar Egos – Rumble in the Pew.” The game hasn’t been released yet, but I’m thinking I want the first copy. The video game is set in a church where people can clobber each other with songbooks and other church items. You seek out the person you’re annoyed with and whack them. It is truly a “rumble in the pew.”
Can you imagine … if someone says, “Your sermon stunk,” I can smack them with a microphone stand. Or, I can tell the song leader, “Oh yeah? Well your song selection was lousy,” and then bonk him over the head with a family-size Bible.
Altar Egos does have a point: to find the hidden church check book and clear the preacher’s office of all other players, but most people just enjoy the rumble. “I like ripping up the hymnals. I don’t know why,” says one executive minister who asked not to be identified. Can you imagine a game where people are hurling folding chairs and offering plates at each other, and yelling Bible-inspired insults (“I’m gonna lay waste to you, snake.” Whack!).
So just remember, if you think playing Halo is bad at church functions, remember that it could always be worse!