Good grief, Charlie Brown! What could possibly be worse than an online Left Behind video game? Maybe a game where your character overcomes legislative adversity to legally obtain an abortion in Texas? That’s right, folks… a pro-choice video game is in the works. “Choice: Texas” is scheduled to be released this February.
Don’t believe me? Check it out.
According to an article from New York Daily News:
Characters in the game include 35-year-old Latrice, who is in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend but “never planned to have children.” Another character is Leah, 19, who is a bartender and is trying to save money for the future.
But there’s more…
There will be five personas in total, including a high school student not ready to be a mother, a woman in a high-risk pregnancy and a married mother in dire financial circumstances.
Personally, I think it’s a waste of time. Why? Here are three brief reasons:
Whatever happened to Zelda? Or the fat plumber who grew when he ate mushrooms and spat fire when he ingested plants? Those games made zero sense, but were fun diversions from real life. Who wants to play the character of a married mother who wishes she could afford more formula?
Some might go so far as to say this is an “instructional game” …although no skill is being taught. Even so, educational games have always been terrible (with a few exceptions).
It’s Politically Fueled
Most kids will not be enticed by the game’s call to social activism. My middle-class Midwest childhood experience surely differs from some, but most of us cared very little for the political happenings of our youth. Our parents would sometimes break it down for us (“Saddam Hussein is a bad man” or “President Clinton did something naughty with his intern…”) but that’s about all the information most of us cared to sit through. School bus conversations centered upon books, movies, and the Sunday comics… not NAFTA.
Its Conflict is Rooted in Sad Ideology
The debate rages on and will perhaps continue to thrive until Christ returns. When does life begin and what are the implications? Even the Christian community is divided on this issue. We can’t deny its ability to polarize a room. Here is what R.C. Sproul has to say about it:
I’ve written over 70 books. The book that had the shortest shelf life of all of my books was my book on the case against abortion. I talked to pastor after pastor and sought to understand why they weren’t using this material (for which we also made a video series). They told me, “Well, we agree with it but we can’t do it in our church.” And I said, “Why?” They responded: “It will split the congregation.” And I said, “So be it!” A million and a half unborn babies are slaughtered wantonly in the United States of America every year in the name of women’s rights. If I know anything about the character of God after forty years of study, I know that God hates abortion.
His insightful series on abortion from a biblical perspective can be found here.
But wait a minute! I thought pro-life Christians were religious extremists who haven’t read their Bibles or the teachings of Jesus? Not true. Randy Alcorn recently wrote an excellent short article for Tabletalk Magazine. His first four paragraphs present a concise case for biblical validation. He then appeals to reason with simple statements such as these:
Something nonhuman does not become human or more human by getting older or bigger; whatever is human is human from the beginning, or it can never be human at all. The right to live does not increase with age and size; otherwise, toddlers and adolescents have less right to live than adults.
Despite the divisive nature of the debate, an ideology that promotes a standard of living at the expense of human life is sad indeed… and does not make for good video games. I would rather rescue a princess than legally abort a baby so I can go back to bar-tending my way through school. Hopefully, the next generation of gamers will agree.