Gaming

5 Video Games Censored For Being Too Christian

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Illusion of Gaia was one of those SNES RPGs that wasn't Final Fantasy, and it's generally only remembered by the more hardcore adventure nerds despite being a stellar title. In the town of South Cape you find a building labeled a school, but as you can clearly see from the screenshot above it's meant to be a church. In the original Japanese release that large statue was actually a crucifix. The teacher is also pretty obviously meant to be a monk. It's a minor part of the game, but significant. As is...

Super Ghouls'n Ghosts, or as it's known in my house Screw This It's Too Hard, is a classic sidescroller where a brave knight rescues a princess from a demon. Despite the fact that pretty much every brave knight story told throughout medieval history is full of Christian stuff, the game toned down most of those aspects from the original. Crosses on graves were changed to ankhs and the final boss was renamed Sardius from Sameal. In Christian mythology Samael was the angel of death, and is sometimes connected to demons or even Satan himself. Of course if you didn't want to beat around the bush there's always...

There will probably never be another game like Actraiser. It was a unique mix of action-RPG and city building sim that was just a joy to play. It's also literally supposed to be about God reclaiming the world from Satan. In Japan you are referred to as God, answer the prayers of your followers and ultimately kick Satan's ass in one on one combat. America changed your name to The Master and Satan to Tanzra as well as making your churches into temples. The irony of defeating monsters based on other major world religions until only you are left was kept in, though.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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