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Religion and Marketing Games: strange bedfellows


Slutty Nuns are slutty.

When Square Enix aren’t creating Facebook apps based around Hitman: Absolution that allowed you to kill your friends for having small tits or being ginger (ugh), they are releasing controversial trailers for the game full of slutty nuns dressed in minimal amounts of skin-tight latex. And now we’ve discovered an image on the Hitman Facebook page that depicts Agent 47 as Jesus (or the next pope). The illustrator is clearly talented (see his tumblr here), but at the same time, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who would find this image extremely offensive.


I know that all you Atheists out there are absolutely itching to jump into this debate (because that’s what you like to do best) ready to fire 6 rounds of science from the hip; similarly I realise that a span of Christians already have their scripture rifles locked and loaded and to me, that sounds like a party. Let’s start this shindig shall we?

Atheism: “Jesus doesn’t exist anyways, so why be offended? It’s like looking at a picture of the Easter bunny, albeit with holes in his hands.”

Atheism: 1 Religion: 0

Religion: “This is offensive because it makes a mockery of my beliefs.”

Religion: 1 Atheism: 0 (I bet that bums you science-types out so much because faith can’t be measured etc etc)

Now that I’ve summarised the main themes from each argument, let me tell you what I think.

The argument I have presented above is something that will never end. Christians believe in God and Atheists believe in Science. Belief isn’t based on something tangible and therefore telling someone that what they believe is wrong is an exercise in futility (As a slight digression, I will also point out that both Religion and Science serve the same ultimate purpose which is to answer the questions of why and how we are here. So.) I’m not here to talk about that, because really, it’s just going to irritate. What I am going to say is this:

No matter what you believe, it is disrespectful for either side to try and take away from something that another considers important. Our beliefs guide how we choose to live our lives and for the most part, that’s a positive thing. That being said, there are obviously many negatives as well, because humans suck. I’m not preaching complete tolerance, because really, if you believe that it’s cool to eat children or that killing people is ok or that it’s wrong to be gay, I’m going to judge the poop out of you because that’s my right too. I’m not saying that we don’t have the right to disagree with each other; I am saying that we need to learn to listen and have some compassion for other peoples’ thoughts even if we don’t agree.


ANYWAY, this article has now taken a really philosophical bent that I didn’t mean it to, but I guess that ultimately, the only people who are winning (kind of) from all of this are the devs at Square Enix as the amount of publicity (bad publicity is still publicity) they are generating as a result of being offensive is pretty big. Personally, I find it rather amusing that people are offended by nuns in latex (I can’t help but be reminded of Lady Gaga) but are completely ok with the fact that Hitman: Absolution is a violent game about murder for hire.

Food for thought?

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