Mobile game seeks to let in the light

20 February 2015

LIGHTSIDE GAMES

A GAME for mobile devices based on stories from the Bible is to be launched in Britain next month.

The game, Stained Glass, asks players to collect coloured fragments of glass, which combine to produce illustrations of biblical passages. It is the latest creation of the Californian firm Lightside Games, which, in 2012, launched what it said was the first video game based on the life of Jesus. It has also produced games using the stories of Moses and Noah's Ark.

The company says that, whereas most games involve spiritually dark content, such as gambling or violence, it offers "a Christian perspective that is uplifting for the whole family". Its website, www.lightsidegames.com, describes its mission as "Reaching the lost and empowering the believer through quality authentic entertainment", and it has a vision of "immersing 100 million people in God's story".

It estimates that more than 700 million people play online games, and up to 500 million play mobile games every week. "The internet and mobile app stores are vast, largely untapped resources for spreading the message of Jesus around the globe. There's unprecedented potential to reach people who have never heard the gospel. 

"We make high-quality games that carry a powerful message. By utilising the world's largest technology platforms . . . our games are reaching people all over the globe, touching people's lives."

The chief executive of Lightside, Brent Dusing, said: "If you want to give your kids a game they'll remember, you can teach them to use birds to shoot pigs, or you can teach them the Bible."

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