Skip to comments.Is Blizzard's World of Warcraft anti-Christian?
Posted on 01/31/2006 7:31:56 AM PST by tdewey10
World of Warcraft is a very popular (5.5 million subscriptions worldwide as of January 2006) online role-playing game by Blizzard Enternatinment (a subsidary of Vivendi Universal).
As part of the gameplay, players travel around a virtual world killing various monsters who drop in-game money and occasionaly in-game objects.
Recently in early January, Blizzard released a large patch for the game adding new in-game places, monsters and items.
Two of these new items are blatantly anti-Christian. The Cape of the Trinity
and the Gloves of the Messiah
What is disturbing is that Blizzard has the entire universe of the English language to use when naming objects. Most items are named using adjectives that describe the object "Glowing Brightwood Staff" "Brilliant Shard" etc. A few special items have purely made up names "Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds." So the use of two terms "Trinity" and "Messiah" that are commonly understood to refer to the Christian Trinity and Christ can only be an intentional act on the part of someone at the company. I've cancelled my account and I'm planning on writing a letter to Blizzard at:
Mike Morhaime President Blizzard Entertainment P.O. Box 18979 Irvine, CA 92623
"When did it become okay to bash Christianity?"
You're joking right? This is the norm.
Knock yourself out.
There are plenty of religions past and present where the number 3 holds significance. Ever heard of Norse mythology and the Norns?
The 3 goddesses of past, present and future?
Plenty of religions have messiahs. If you are an Arrakis Fremen your messiah is Muad Dib.
Take a chill pill and just play the game.
The muslims also use the word "messiah."
The president of Iran apparently believes himself to be the muslim messiah, in fact.
(Not that this is NOT anti-Christian, if you can follow the triple negative there.)
It could only have been a sarcastic question.
Nice imitation of Rip Van Winkle ... when did you come out of your coma?
Nope, they are waiting for the Madhi, not the messiah.
I'm sorry. I don't understand what is Anti-Christian about this. Sure the names reflect common Christian terms, but I don't see the connection about this "Bashing Christianity."
I find naming a random item after the Trinity to be sacriligous. The question was somewhat rhetorical. Is using the term in a sacriligous way "bashing" - got me.
You should ensure that the items are correctly in the game. I haven't played WoW in months, but I remember Thottbot had quite a few fake user-entered items in their database. The stats don't look all that great, either.
In defense of WoW, however, I don't remember there being a deity you have to choose or a god that is worshipped in the game. They have a priest and a paladin class, but no mention of who they follow.
For the Horde!
They are in -- new patch. I had no issues with WoW until this. You can argue that there are other meanings for Trinity and/or Messiah -- but they're not common and not what most people think of when they see the items. I found it amusing that the first posts on the subject on thottbot were by posters trying to pre-emptively defend the names.
On the plus side, my wife will be happy that I'm no longer playing.
The objection to this name sounds like those hypersensitive PC do-gooders insisting on eliminating all Native indian team sports logos, names and references. Next the do-gooders will insist on changing the names of the rivers, states and land mass formations just to assuage their white souless guilt.
Someone needs to get a life.
Agreed, I don't see this being in any way "anti-Christian".
In fact, they seem to be pretty high-level powerful items. So I bet they thought that Christians would think it cool that they could have magic items like those . . .
I'm offended by how easily some folks are offended these days.
Well, one day there was this serpent that entered the Garden....
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