On Religious Videogames and “El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron”

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, while far from 2011's most popular game, was one of last year's most important games. I say this because it was one of the first games that took seriously the idea of a holy God (a God who is all-powerful and all-knowing). Consequently, I was encouraged to see our very own Richard Clark starting a series of articles on the game.In the first of four articles, Richard begins by discussing the lack of spiritual games from Western developers: Religious … [Read more...]

Interview: El Shaddai's Daring Origins

When I heard that a video game based on the Dead Sea Scrolls was being made, I thought I was surely mistaken. Yet today marks the release of Ignition Games' newest project, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron¬†(You can read a review by our editor-in-chief, Richard Clark over at Kill Screen). The Hebrew word "El Shaddai" literally means "God Almighty" and is a common title for God in the Old Testament. The game does not try to hide its cosmic storyline. El Shaddai tells the story of the Book of … [Read more...]