I think I’ve known ever since I thought of Dark Glass that it was going to tick a lot of people off, particularly the audience of ‘family friendly’ folks I hope we’ll enjoy by the time Dark Glass comes out.

Assuming Soma Games takes the path I expect it to, the three story lines prior to Dark Glass will all make fairly simple and clear distinctions between good and evil, right and wrong. The Race, Dark Glass’ immediate predecessor, will take a high fantasy line where such black and white distinctions are part of the genre. If you see an orc or a troll you don’t have to think about what side he’s on…they are all ‘minions’ and can be cut down with impunity. I think that kind of  ethical clarity is one of the reasons LOTR continues to do so well in our post-modern world of moral relativism.

But as attractive as that can be in a story, it’s totally unlike the lives we live. Dark Glass has always been understood as a game that lingers on and wrestles with the gray areas of  our world and I imagine it being a game where it is always a little unclear who the good guys are. Stuff like that is common enough in mainstream games right now but I don;t know how our faith oriented audience will respond to that kind of story. (…maybe I’ll ask Ted Dekker)

It’s far too tempting to squeeze Christianity through the histogram and make lines in the sand. On the one hand, there is a constant pressure to make authoritative, doctrinal statements about almost everything because well-intentioned people want to be right with God. But the impulse almost always sacrifices intimacy with God for a quick answer and that’s a crapy trade. When Dark Glass comes out and starts focusing on moral ambiguity I hope our audience at that point will trust our hearts enough to see the game through.

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  1. Apryl

    Oh where to find this game! o^o I need this game….is it out yet? Is it on steam? Is it buyable in a store? if so…what store? is it on a special online store? is it out for the 360? Is this too many questions? =^=……meh…..i finally find a christian gaming company that looks to be making awesome stuff…and i cant find their games anywhere! v^v story of my life…..

  2. That’s very true I’m sure, I hadn’t even considered the backlash Dekker must get from folks who are more interested in “traditional” Christian fiction. Obviously he’s successful financially by doing things his way, but more importantly, he’s got a rabid fanbase. Clearly there’s an audience for his style of storytelling. Honestly I think that just about anything that causes the audience to really think long and hard about God and how He relates to our lives is worthwhile – examining one’s faith, for better or worse, is never a wasted exercise.

  3. Dekker is a great example here of both sides of this coin. His writing obviously breaks the normal rules of what ‘Christian Fiction’ might be but he also pays a price in the sense that he gets a lot of heat. Still – I get the sense he’s doing just fine and crying all the way to the bank. 😉

  4. Oh man, Ted Dekker is a master at this stuff. Gotta be one of my favorite authors, simply because his characters live in the real world, dealing with all of it’s moral ambiguities. And still they somehow manage to reflect some small part of the character of God or (even better IMO) how we relate to Him through it all.

    While I appreciate the high fantasy/black and white approach, I think the stories that deal with the gray areas in life are much more approachable and relatable. These stories are far more successful in relating the values that we as Christians hold dear, though I think they are also far more difficult to tell properly.

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