The Ungay Games

Shadow Complex, a small-scale, downloadable video game for the Xbox 360, combines game play elements from classic side scrollers like Metroid with state-of-the-art 3D animation. It’s at the forefront of what’s been dubbed “2.5D” —two-dimensional game play given a three-dimensional polish. It has earned raves but also many calls for a boycott.

The problem isn’t the content; it’s the creator. One of the men behind the game is the science fiction novelist Orson Scott Card. Card is a Mormon who has long been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and who has speculated that homosexuality is a product of parental abuse. Card didn’t design Shadow Complex, but it takes place in a futuristic world of his creation.

Unpleasant as Card’s views may be, they didn’t manifest themselves in the game, and calls for boycott have gone mostly unheeded. If Shadow Complex’s record sales are any indication, what most gamers want isn’t a political statement but—surprise!—a good game.

Find this and hundreds of other interesting books at the Reason Shop, powered by Amazon.

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • Jared||

    This is actually a pretty fun game I'd agree. One of the first I downloaded. I'd recommend it, especially if you don't have an xbox live connection constantly.

  • Amit Booty||

    This is not funny at all.. What the hell.. Ungay game?

    my aunt is gay.. and i find this offensive..

  • game games||

    We have two arcade games sites: can you check please and review?

    Thanks

  • Parking Games||

    This is pretty fun game.

  • Rachel - Instyler Reviews||

    I can say that I read several of Card's books and they are amazing. Regardless of him political views he's a very creative guy and I'm sure his game is great.

  • Dsi Games||

    Very awesome post, Shadow Complex is a great game and very ungay

  • parkinggame||

    I fully agree. You can tell best by the actions (or lack of) of the gamers.

  • jack||

    I fully agree. You can tell best by the actions (or lack of) of the gamers.thanks

  • abercrombie milano||

    My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I'm sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won't get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there's more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I'm not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It's just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight...the Bible's books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on...the Bible's books were written by people with very different mindsets.

  • Daniel Walsh||

    This game is great! I didn't know about the creator's background, but like you said, people just want a good game :)

  • Giochi per Ragazze||

    great game

  • Car parking games||

    just got done with it, this game is sick, the yea its a 2d/3d game but its an arcade shooter and for 800 pts its a steal...if you liked Super Metroid for Super Nintendo GET THIS GAME!!!

  • Scott Jones||

    It is a very interesting post. This game looks amaizing.

  • bailing||

    This game looks amazing.

  • Naga||

    i like the term 2.5d lol, reminds me of maplestory.

  • nfl jerseys||

    nfgd

  • jeu gratuits||

    Nice, it's really funny ;)

  • jake ||

    Only just gotten this game and it's a classic.

    Metroid was one of my favorites and so is this.

  • corine||

    This game is really fun !!! Thanks for sharing

  • Naruto Shippuden||

    Thank you for this interesting game.

  • tower 200||

    Wow!, What a game, really enjoyed it, thanks :)

  • nike shox||

    is good

  • martin86||

    I played that game and I must say it is interesting. I like the games where you can see the scene from different camera perpective, not only FPS FPS :)

  • Cyber Design||

    I’m really glad I have found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is really frustrating. A good blog with exciting content, that is what I need. Thank you for keeping this site, I will be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can’t find it.

  • Computer Repair Union Mo||

    Personally, I don't believe anyone's personal beliefs should enter into the equation.

    Why can't people just like/dislike the game for what it is, not who made it?

    Same thing with Mel Gibson. I like his movies, but don't like his antisemitism... does that make me a bad person? I don't think so!

    washington, mo

  • Web Designing||

    Your post really helped me to understand about this. It has great details and yet it is easy to understand.That's what i was looking for. I will definitely share it with others.Thanks for sharing.

GET REASON MAGAZINE

Get Reason's print or digital edition before it’s posted online

  • Video Game Nation: How gaming is making America freer – and more fun.
  • Matt Welch: How the left turned against free speech.
  • Nothing Left to Cut? Congress can’t live within their means.
  • And much more.

SUBSCRIBE

advertisement