Hi there, I'm sorry but I don't remember your name.

but I did listen to your voice recording and here are my thoughts.
What you can do is instead of burning your bridges what you can or could have done is talk with developers and make a game of your own. If you don't like a game, just don't play it. Maybe in your opinion, there are no games for the Vi so just don't play games, yes, as you said you like arcade games, but its no ones fault you can't or don't wish to play the games. Just make a few games you like and I'm almost sure others will like what you make.


Just my thoughts.


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Hi Nicol.

What you're basically saying here, to me, is that people should only
consider Jehova witnesses when making games. You and only you.
Calling others without love for goodness because they create games
with violence and supernatural aspects to them is very, very
judgmental. Just because one small bunch of people does not like
arcade games that have violence and shooting, you guys are allowed to
call people who make games like that basically heartless.

Video games have always had some degree of violence to them. Mario
brothers is a good example of... uh, supernatural, I think. Sure the
violence is cartoonish, but violence is violence. So your logic is
very, very flawed.

I am a Christian. I am not the type to preach constantly, but I point
you to the verse in the bible that says "judge not, lest ye be
judged." That's a verse that always rang true for me, but there are
times when I judge, despite that. And now is one of them. I think
certain Christian groups need to wake up and realize that the world
does not, and will not, bend to your ways. Simply because you believe
that violent games are a form of delving into the things of Satan
does not mean everyone else believes it. People don't play violent
games because they love violence. I play Street Fighter for the work
it does for my brain, the competition when I play with friends, and
to build skills of keeping track of things as well as reflexes. That
is the same reason I love Shades of Doom, Blast Chamber's shooting
aspects, and Mota. Tom has done a more than exellent job with Mota...
and it saddens me to see it put down, simply because it does not
agree with someone's spiritual beliefs.

Although I am a Christian, I feel the need to say that there are way
too many Christians in this world who think all too highly of
themselves. The majority of us tend to think that the world should
all believe in God, and do anything to enforce that view. Christians
have always preached for peace and no violence... yet what happened
during the crusades? People need to realize that it's the majority in
the world that decides things, and unfortunately, there's other
religions in the world... not just Christianity! Shocker, eh?

I don't like to talk about these things much... I'd rather save my
energy for something else more productive. There's more that I could
say, but I think I've pointed out most of what has to be pointed out.
Am I a believer in God? Yes. Do I believe 100% of everything I hear
from the bible? Not always. Why? Because there are many, many
contradictory things in there and frankly, following the basic morals
of peace and love in the bible are enough for me. I sing and play
Christian worship music, I have Christian friends and I pray on a
daily basis. But I would not go so far as to put down a developer or
anyone else who did something they felt satisfied their target
audience, no matter what my beliefs.

I'll probably come back and say more later. But Nicol, I am going to
leave you and all other christians who might have the same view on
this list with a question. And I urge you to be careful how you
answer this one.

I am currently starting to practice a martial art. It is an art known
as Iaido, and consists of sword techniques used to dispatch an
opponent at the same time you draw the sword, flicking the blood off
the blade and resheathing. I have been going at it for 2 months, and
the fact that it's an art that was once used as a method of killing
does not bother me in the least. Does that make me in any way evil or
unloving? Especially since the philosophy behind the art is never
using it unless you have to, and the teachings of the art are
centered around doing things with full commitment, treating others
equally and acting with honor? Answer that question for me, if you
will. Just something to think about. Anyone else is welcome to ask
questions about the art... though as that is somewhat off-topic, if
you are curious, please email offlist.

Clement.


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