Black Ops.Thinking of Jesus: A Guest Post

As I mentioned before, N. is not only the best of husbands anybody could possibly imagine, he is also a passionate gamer. When he discovered a weird form of identity-building in one of the games he plays a lot, he decided to write a guest post for my blog based on it. Check it out, this is really funny.

The GS96 clan supports a nice Free-For-All game server on a map called Array. I play there a lot, because the crispy snowy scenery is like a cool breeze, much needed given the current weather in Southern Illinois.

As usual, the automated console messages urge the gamers to “be respectful”, use “no racist language”, and so on. In addition, there are funny messages that I thought were a form of advertising: “Female gamer? Join GS96!”, “Family friendly gamer? Join GS96!”. I thought what they meant was akin to “Are you breathing? Join GS96!”

However, when “Are you a Christian gamer? Join GS96!” popped up, I decided to check it out. I couldn’t believe it, but this is all for real:

Even though the clan is against racism, it apparently is fine with discriminating by gender or religion.

Anyway, when I first saw the Christian gamer message, I hoped the clan had discovered another Christian commandment that gives a powerful spiritual boost to multiplayer gaming. A good example would have been:

which would have made the lives of gamers like myself so much easier!

Unfortunately, all they came up with is no swearing policy in the “Christian unit”, and the website makes it unclear what the difference is between, say, a female non-Christian gamer and a male Christian one. What do you guys think are the traits of a true Christian Call of Duty player?

P.S. I have a Steam Black Ops account that caught a rank reset bug. I hear it may be cured once you prestige again. If you want it for free, leave your first name and email and I’ll transfer it to you.

P.P.S. from Clarissa: And what is it with the “No strong/bad language” for the Female Channel of the game? With all due respect for gamers, have you, folks, never seen actual women? Is this why you retain the image of females promoted by Victorian literature that shows us as tender creatures ready to wilt and faint the moment we hear a “bad word”?

But seriously, why would one want to have a special channel for Christians in what is obviously a very violent game irrespective of which channel you use? I’m all for this kind of video games because they allow one to sublimate aggression in a healthy way but how is the process different for Christians than, say, Jews or agnostics?

8 thoughts on “Black Ops.Thinking of Jesus: A Guest Post

  1. I’m not a game player myself, but I have friends who are and based on their experiences I can understand why people might be attracted to a female based guild. I can almost sort of understand the bad language thing – I’m thinking not of bad language in game play but the abuse hurled at other team players.
    I have no clue as to why a Christian channel might be wanted though – I’d have thought the basic tenets of the game violated christian ethics more than bad language would.


      1. I’d also say that killing violates most people’s ethics, so if ethics ever stopped anyone from playing violent video games, games like CoD would have no market. 😛


  2. This is a rather bizarre way for Christians to engage with fellow gamers. I blog on faith and gaming, but I am happy to criticize this sort of thing. Exclusivity is never a good approach for anyone interested in being a cultural contributor. The fact that they qualify each unit (with some being more lenient than others) suggests that these aren’t very strong moral convictions to begin with.


  3. I would not want to play with devout Christians. I would like to be able to curse if I felt like it. Takes a bit out of the experience if you have to watch every word you say.

    And the female channel censorship is total bullshit.


  4. No swearing? Huh. My best friend in grammar school was the daughter of an Episcopal priest. He was a great guy, and swore more than my own father did.


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