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article imageDownloadable Game Puts Players In Role Of John The Baptist

By Wayne Santos     Oct 7, 2009 in Entertainment
A new video game for PCs and Macs available via download from the internet recreates the last hours of John the Baptist, and what happened afterwards.
The game, entitled "Fatale," is the creation of a small indie game developer called Tale of Tales, based in Belgium. While the game itself puts players in the role of John the Baptist as originally portrayed in the Christian Gospels of Matthew and Mark, the actual story takes its inspiration more directly from Oscar Wilde, and his play, Salome. In the original depiction, Salome was the young step child of King Herod, who requested John the Baptist's head at the urging of her mother. In the Oscar Wilde rendition, Salome was a sultry woman who's advances were spurned by John the Baptist and she had him killed in retaliation, going so far as to kiss his decapitated head because of her frustrated passion.
The game was released to the internet on October 5th, to coincide with the 78th anniversary of the play's first performance in England. While John the Baptist plays a crucial role in the game, the focus is also on the consequences that came after his execution. The game was created not as a conventional video game, but more of an interactive art piece by Tale of Tales. The company is considered an indie developer in that it is a small team without any major corporate backing, dedicated to pursuing their interests without commercial consideration. The game itself is now available for download on PCs and Macs for US$7.
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