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Posted on August 12, 2008, Jonathan "Militant Atheists" Criticize Spore's Religion
With it’s whole premise of a single-celled organism evolving into a creature and then a civilization, you’d think it’d mainly be religious groups that might be offended by the upcoming Spore. According to the game‘s creator, Will Wright, though, it’s just the opposite. In fact, it seems the only religious groups voicing concerns are atheists, who are concerned about the inclusion of religion in the game at all (Spore’s civilizations can eventually develop religion in their culture). According to Wright:
“I think our bigger fear was that we didn’t want to offend any religious people; but looking at the discussion that unfolded from this thing, what we had was a good, sizeable group of players that we might call militant atheists, and the rest of the players seemed very tolerant, including all of the religious players.”
Wright also explained how the development team made an effort to treat the religious aspect of the game with respect. They also made sure not to fall definitively on one side or the other:
“We didn’t want to go too far down that path: we leave the whole creation of the universe question open,” he said. “Obviously as the player you’re coming in and playing something like a god, directing the evolution of a species, but we never really state who you the player are.”
I’d say if you’re making a game about building a civilization, it’d be a pretty big oversight to not include religion in some way. Particularly since every civilization in history has been influenced by religion in some form or another.
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