Left Behind Games is legally threatening people that criticized Left Behind: Eternal Forces.
Why am I not surprised?
I’m not, at all, which is rather sad in itself.
Lawyer Gordon D. Katz is going to be rather busy.
But who is Gordon D. Katz? The Daily Kos poster did some digging, and found out that the office is actually a private house belonging to Katz’s mother, and that his named “Administrator” is none other than Lyndon’s wife. Most curious.
Criticisms of the game are not confined to blogs; newspapers and magazines have covered the controversy, and it is even referenced in Richard Dawkins The God Delusion.
The details at Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion.
Jonathan Hutson of Talk2Action has written the definitive series on Left Behind: Eternal Forces this company, this game play, employees, finances and theology.
This articleÂ by Max BlumenthalÂ prompted an ABC news piece and The Pentagon yanked the contract. In May 2007 The Christian Post wrote about management housecleaning.
The game was released in November 2006. The company has lost millions of dollars, stock prices went from $7.44 to .14 cents. Investors lost a lot of money the SEC filings are public. It is currently selling on Amazon for $2.67/US.
Game sites pointed out story and technical flaws, and the use of embedded advertising technology from Isreal called Double Fusion.
Evangelical bloggers and religious groups pointed out the theological and social flaws of the games dominionist philosophy.
Gamespot gave it a bad rating of 3.4. February 2007:
However, the publisher still spent more than it brought in for the quarter, resulting in a net loss of more than $4.1 million for the three months. That brings its total losses since inception to more than $31 million.
I don’t think they’ll recoup those losses for their investors by sueing game sites and bloggers.
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