Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Estne Nihil Sanctum?

I came across another example of insipid liberalism via the world wide web; a video game called, "Faith Fighters 2."

The game is simple. On the screen are ten or so religious figures: Buddha, Christ, God, Muhammad, Flying Spaghetti Monster, Roswell Alien, etc. These figures slowly become more and more transparent. By placing your cursor over them little hearts start to appear and they once again become opaque. If they disappear, any one of them, the game is over. The stated goal of the game is: "to give love and respect to all the religious entities on the screen." This is liberalism at its finest. It's so over the top in its liberalism that one must suspect that it's satirical (hence the Pastafarian, and alien).

Play Faith Fighter 2 here.

The original "Faith Fighters" was strewn with controversy. Most prominently, it featured the face of the Prophet Mohammad. The game now has a censored version. The game parodied Mortal Combat's 2-D fighting style. Legitimately, it's pretty offensive. This game drowns in a banal nihilism.

Play Faith Fighters 1 here.

So, what fate is worse? The banal, cynical nihilism or the maudlin, naive liberalism?

5 comments:

pulley-whipped said...

love the term Pastafarian. is that yours own concoction?

also, i'm curious why you equate the game with liberalism. unless there's a religious meaning that i am unaware of, not sure i quite make the connection.

beninpalestine said...

Wow. Yeah, faith fighter 1 is something else. I agree with your larger point (although, personally, I actually do find nihilism to be worse than "liberal naivete." You might be able to convince me otherwise, though).

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