Published on December 4th, 2012 |
by Stephen O'Nion
Scientology Taken on by Source Game… Probably
There, that title should be nice and misleading; no it’s not a game made with Source, but rather an indie title currently seeking funding called The Source. Yes, Australia-based Elevator Entertainment wants to challenge players to “avoid pitfalls and climb the ranks of the Church”, a mystical organisation with mysterious aims and practices. So yeah, it’s a combination of South Park‘s David Blaine episode and Scientology episode. Cool.
Through an episodic structure (which is totally hot right now), players will take up the role of either Pete, a recently dumped loser, or Hannah, an agile war correspondent. Once they’ve been accepted into the enigmatic “Church”, they will have to complete tasks and trials such as eliminating enemies and finding “evidence of the organization’s wider reach and true intentions” in order to progress and gain powers. We know what you’re thinking: yes, it’s just another boring real life simulator.
The Source is seeking funding now, and its current amount raised stands at a whopping $346 of £45,000. But why is this number so low? Concerns? Condemnation? Conspiracy? Or maybe even something darker, like the doubt that this game will materialise because of evil forces (or lack of funding)? Evidently Elevator Entertainment is expecting trouble, taking care to note that:
“Many talented people collaborated on this project, but they have asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from the Church. Our unnamed game designers, for example, are responsible for some of the world’s most recognized games, but they fear their virtual design prowess affords them little protection in the real world”
That’s right, virtual design prowess doesn’t help in the real world. Good to clear that up.
Should you wish to donate, might we suggest the $10,000 mark, titled “Looking for trouble” which notes that “your generosity will mean organisations will take a look into your background, so be ready for a knock at the door…” That’s right! $10,000 wins a visit from Tom Cruise!
Stephen O'Nion is forced to write in the third person because of this website's format. Thankfully he's an arrogant prick who would do so anyway. He's also editor-in-chief of Invert-On. See, told you he's arrogant, why else would he bring that up?