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E3 09: Will Protesters Go to Hell if They Lie?

Armed with leaflets and picket signs, the Salvationists Against Virtual and Eternal Damnation or SAVED for short, protested outside of the LA Convention Center during E3 on Wednesday. They were their protesting EA’s adaptation of Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno, the first part of three in the epic poem The Divine Comedy. They held signs that read, “EA =Electronic ANTI-Chirst”, “Play Dante’s Inferno, Go to Hell”, “Hell is not a game”, “Trade in your Playstaion for a PRAYstation”, “My high score is in Heaven”, and my favorite “JUST SAY infer-NO!!!”.

The group even has their own website to protest the game. outlines the groups message as to why you should not play Dante’s Inferno. But the site is the quintessential ‘horrible site’ with no document title, varying text colors and sizes and lots of animated GIFs. And of course the site and the cheesy posters made many wonder if these protesters were actually real.

Unfortunately according to the AP, the protest was staged. Which leads us to ask the question, If a protest is staged are the protesters lying? And if they are lying, will they go to Hell?

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6 Responses to “E3 09: Will Protesters Go to Hell if They Lie?”

  1. Thanks for turning me on to this game “We are saved group”. Looks like a good time EA!

  2. Did EA themselves make this up? It’s not a very credible argument anyway. Dante WAS a Christian, and the game is about killing demons, so what’s wrong with that? It seems more like they are just protesting Catholicism rather than the game.

  3. Poe’s law.

  4. Its clearly a viral marketing for the game to generate buzz.
    The website even links to the Inferno website.

  5. EA want’s to make some controversy to make the game know by the mainstream public, if they can get this in the main newspapers or tv the awareness of the game can skyrocket. No one seem to have bitten though.

  6. i second Poe’s law.

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