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God/Prophet war

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Hey, have there been any games made centering around a battle/war between Gods/Prophets of different religions/civilizations? And if there hasn't, would you play a game relating to this if it was made? The game I have in mind would be a deathmatch or something similar between the Greek Gods (Zeus, Hercules, etc), the Egyptian Gods (Horus, Hapi, Isis, Anubis, etc), the Norse Gods( Thor, etc) also amongst messiahs/prophets/people of religious importance such as Jesus, Mohammed, Goliath, Buddah, etc. You would also have weapons relating to the character, such as Thor's hammer, Jesus' cross-bow, Zeus' lightning bolts, Buddah's golden balls... Of course, the game's central themes would be comedy and light-heartedness, but does it sound like a good idea?

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You are moving into such dicey territory that I'd advise you not to proceed. You're on fairly safe ground with older polytheistic gods (Greek/Roman/Egyptian/Norse), because the religions are virtually defunct and the traditional images are an interpretation. Stuff like putting Jesus and Mohammed in, however, will get you into trouble. Even playing it for laughs is not good, because you'll be accused of mocking those faiths.

So to summarise, Thor and such is pretty cool, but Jesus is not. I pondered a similar idea, a fighter with divine agents (angels, devils, buddhist Myo-O and Ten etc), and discarded it for the same reason.

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Okay, thanks, yeah and if I make it just ancient Gods, I can call it "God War" or something instead of God/Prophet/People Of Religious Importance War, and as an added bonus I wouldn't get firebombed :)

I'll probably give it a shot sometime in the near future as a small free fun hobbyist project.

If anyone has any ideas of Gods to include and some of their weapons/abilities, feel free to suggest them ;)

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No it's the same real time strategy format as the AOE/AOK line, but they changed religion to be more of a main concept instead of a support unit. Units are mythology based, dependant on what civilization you choose - minotaur and hydra for the greeks, for example. Your priests and heroes can also call on divine powers that are specific to your racial pantheon.

They were very limited in their choices of deities; each civ only had 3 gods that you could choose from to worship.

This isn't to say you couldn't go forward with your own concept of it, and as an FPS you can expand the pantheon choices to allow for greater diversity. I will repeat what's already been said - stick to the so-called mythological pantheons and avoid the "modern" religions.

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Hey, have there been any games made centering around a battle/war between Gods/Prophets of different religions/civilizations?


There have been games kind of like that (B&W for instance) but not exactly the way you're proposing.

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And if there hasn't, would you play a game relating to this if it was made?


Most definitely! I would also quite enjoy watching all the religious fundies get blazingly angry at something so silly as whose god is most powerful in a video game. You could be the next Salman Rushdi!

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The game I have in mind would be a deathmatch or something similar between the Greek Gods (Zeus, Hercules, etc), the Egyptian Gods (Horus, Hapi, Isis, Anubis, etc), the Norse Gods( Thor, etc) also amongst messiahs/prophets/people of religious importance such as Jesus, Mohammed, Goliath, Buddah, etc.


That would be hilarious. Immortal Kombat. Heh.

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You would also have weapons relating to the character, such as Thor's hammer, Jesus' cross-bow, Zeus' lightning bolts, Buddah's golden balls...


Jesus had a cross-bow? You mean like Jesus Christ vampire hunter?

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Of course, the game's central themes would be comedy and light-heartedness, but does it sound like a good idea?


Yes, and tons of religious fundamentalists would totally misunderstand and want to kill anyone making such a game. To make it even funnier, you should have some unknown god from a long time ago more powerful than everybody elses god and watch the sparks fly!

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I would also quite enjoy watching all the religious fundies get blazingly angry at something so silly as whose god is most powerful in a video game. You could be the next Salman Rushdi!


Alas, the original theme of the game would agitate my fellow religious enthusiasts, possibly showing them how lame their whole ideology, etc, looks when seen in real-life (real-life in the game, that is, if that makes any sense). I have a lot of respect for Salman Rushdie, as Islam is one of the most dangerous religions to parody (for obvious reasons). But that's another matter...

Thor and Horus and Zeus were much more interesting Gods and more prone to acts of violence anyway :)

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I would also quite enjoy watching all the religious fundies get blazingly angry at something so silly as whose god is most powerful in a video game. You could be the next Salman Rushdi!


Alas, the original theme of the game was set to try and agitate my fellow religious enthusiasts, possibly showing them how stupid their Gods, etc, look when seen in real-life (real-life in the game, that is, if that makes any sense). I wanted to ignite a powder-keg with the sparks...

But now I realise I'll probably get killed for doing that, and besides, Thor and Horus and Zeus were much more interesting Gods and more prone to acts of violence :)


You should go for it. Hearing Jesus shout "though shalt not piss me off!" while shooting Allah in the face with a cross-bow would be comedy gold.

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LOL, well, it appeals to me very much but everyone else (except you) appears to hate it. Does anyone else have an opinion on this?

Also, Jesus never did have a cross-bow but the emphasis was on the word "cross" there, just to add further subtleties of humour into the game.

And of course, Mohammed would always be entitled "Mohammed (peace and blessings of Almighty Creator be upon him)" to show our respect :)

Wow, what a fun thing to do. Perhaps I'll start developing it soon :)

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From a personal standpoint, I'd probably have fun playing it. From a business model, you may as well shoot yourself in the foot and try to run a marathon. It'll be hell just trying to get it published - and even if you do, you have to decide if the negative backlash you'll get is good for sales (people will buy it to see what the fuss is about) or ultimately bad for sales (no one wants to be associated with you, your company, or your game).

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