Dominican Friars Make A Video Game: You Convert Heretics

There exists a lot of odd video games that exist in the world, especially those that exist in the aether of the internet, herein lies a prime example of this oddity with the browser game called Passiontide: The Game.

It was made a group of friars of the Order of Preachers (better known as the Dominican Order) housed at the Priory of the Immaculate Conception, which is commonly known as the Dominican House of Studies. It is located at 487 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C., United States.

You simply move a Dominican friar with the arrow keys to collect candles and pages of the Summa Theologiae, the best-known work of Saint Thomas Aquinas, who was Italian Dominican friar Roman Catholic priest. You must also avoid old school clichés of holes and lava, whilst also dodging and converting Albigensian people which the game refers to as “heretics”. It is only one level.

The term Albigensian refers to the adherents of Catharism, which was a heretical medieval Christian sect which professed a form of Manichaean dualism and sought to achieve great spiritual purity. The vast majority of the adherents where located in the southern French commune of Albi and the surrounding area in the 12th and 13th centuries. Hence the name. The adherents are better known for their defeat during the Albigensian Crusade (1209–1229) , which was also called the Cathar Crusade, and was a 20-year military campaign initiated by Pope Innocent III to root out the practice.

The game was overseen and envisioned by Father Thomas More Garrett OP and Brother Athanasius Murphy (who is undergoing ordination), while the developing team who are all studying for the priesthood, was composed of Brother Anthony van Berkum, Brother Thomas Davenport, and Brother Irenaeus Dunlevy.

The music was done by Brother Justin Bolger, who happened to be a former RCA recording artist and is also preparing for the priesthood, he composed the game’s background music by drawing upon old Dominican chant melodies.

The game is apparently an attempt to promote the Passiontide, which is the name for the last two weeks of Lent, beginning on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, long celebrated as Passion Sunday, and ending on Holy Saturday. The Dominican Order is planning a service for the Passiontide at their parish in Washington D.C. on March 12th.

So yeah, there you go. Its something to say the least, doesn’t the internet hold some charming joys.

If you really want to play this game, then here is a link to it:

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