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Mass: We Pray

BamelinBamelin Registered User regular
edited November 2009 in Games and Technology
Got this in my inbox today. I get alot of press releases but I've never seen one like this. This is a joke right?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRMiRFJzIKA&feature=player_embedded

Now You DON’t HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SUNDAY TO WORSHIP THE LORD. __
BOSTON, MASS., November 17, 2009 — Prayer Works Interactive is
pleased to announce the launch of _Mass: We Pray_, a revolutionary
videogame that allows families to go to church every day from the
comfort of their own home. After all, a family shouldn’t have to
wait until Sunday to worship the Lord.

_Mass: We Pray_ is the first of many worship-themed games in
development for Prayer Works Interactive. Just like with any
videogame, families can use a television as a monitor to play_.
_Then, they can use the CROSS, a proprietary, wireless, cross-shaped
controller to participate in 24 unique and exhilarating rituals. Make
the Sign of the Cross, sprinkle Holy Water, take Collection and even
give Holy Communion. Every motion and nuance of a blessing or ritual
is detected in three dimensions and replicated on-screen.

As they play, gamers collect Grace points. Then they can trade them
in to unlock the Holy Mysteries. It’s entertaining, educational and
enlightening.

To get off the couch and into the action, add the KNEELER, a
pressure-sensitive accessory that allows gamers to kneel or genuflect
just as they would in Church.

To extend the experience even further, download the Seven Sacraments
and Holy Rituals Expansion Pack featuring: Ash Wednesday, Confession,
Holy Procession, Transubstantiation and much, much more.

According to the founders of Prayer Works Interactive, “Families
shouldn’t be scared of videogames. Just like television and radio
before that, it’s not the medium that’s dangerous; it’s how you
use it. _Mass: We Pray_ is proof that videogames can be used to spread
the Good Word.”

Don’t miss this revolutionary launch, coming Easter 2010. Visit
masswepray.com [1]for more information.

With _Mass: We Pray_, you can bring your family closer. To Heaven.

ABOUT PRAYER WORKS INTERACTIVE
Prayer Works Interactive is a new game-development company founded
in Boston in 2007. We believe there is a lack of quality games based
upon traditional family values. Our mission is to fill that void by
creating engaging, top-quality games that entertain, inspire and
bring families closer to the Lord. Our first game is _Mass: We Pray_,
but look for many more in the months to come.
###


Links:
] http://www.masswepray.com/

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    Idx86Idx86 Long days and pleasant nights.Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    It's fake, because the game is clearly in 1080p and the Wii does not support such an output.

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    Metal Gear Solid 2 DemoMetal Gear Solid 2 Demo Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I like the idea that the further ahead you are in pews, the closer you are to the holy mysteries

    That said, fake, but funny :D

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    strategerystrategery Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
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    AumniAumni Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Wow...

    This is interesting if only for the 'what are they thinking and I can't believe people are going to buy that' factor.

    If you had to expel demons and fight the unholy undead things would be different.

    The kneeler will also be used for a Wii Porn game within the next 6 months.

    After watching the video it's obvious it was fake [and reading the subsequent posts].

    Shame. :(

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    The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Lehi, UTRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    While I don't think there's anything wrong with religious themed games, this seems pretty tongue in cheek to me.

    I mean, "move forward 3 pews"? "Christ points"?

    I'm gonna say parody.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Jesus has the high score.

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    CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    While I don't think there's anything wrong with religious themed games, this seems pretty tongue in cheek to me.

    I mean, "move forward 3 pews"? "Christ points"?

    I'm gonna say parody.

    Left Behind has a video game. D:

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    The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Lehi, UTRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    So?

    EDIT: I should clarify. While I personally believe that Darbys interpretation of end-times events based on gross misinterpretations of the New Testament and Revelations to be borderline parody, they are the basis of a vast amount of modern Christians beliefs. It's not unusual for books based on this to produce a video game.

    That's not the same thing as something that is clearly a parody from the get go.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Update:

    "Mass: We Pray" was a marketing stunt to drum up interest in EA's Dante's Inferno game.


    As we all figured, it was a marketing prank.. Just like all the other ridiculous crap that the Dante's Inferno marketing firm has done.

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    iMattiMatt Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    slash000 wrote: »
    Update:

    "Mass: We Pray" was a marketing stunt to drum up interest in EA's Dante's Inferno game.


    As we all figured, it was a marketing prank.. Just like all the other ridiculous crap that the Dante's Inferno marketing firm has done.

    I was just going to say - if you visit the masswepray.com website and click on the developers studio link you get shown an uber new dantes inferno trailer!

    Which I didn't bother watching...

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    KoolaidguyKoolaidguy Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Do we get a satanic DLC?

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    slash000 wrote: »
    Update:

    "Mass: We Pray" was a marketing stunt to drum up interest in EA's Dante's Inferno game.


    As we all figured, it was a marketing prank.. Just like all the other ridiculous crap that the Dante's Inferno marketing firm has done.

    Fucking awesome

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    OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Aumni wrote: »
    The kneeler will also be used for a Wii Porn game within the next 6 months.
    This needs to happen.

    NOW

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    Special KSpecial K Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    iMatt wrote: »
    if you visit the masswepray.com website

    I read that as "mass wee spray".

    Thought it was a different type of website.

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I wish Dante's Inferno would just come out so we don't have to hear about its marketing ever again.

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    SorensonSorenson Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I can't be the only one who saw this thread and immedietly thought it was a sequal to Church of Fools, right?

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    StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited November 2009
    How the fuck does that market the game in any way?

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    HerroHerro __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2009
    Am I the only one who read this title and came here thinking it was a Mass Effect thread trying to be clever and witty?

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    GarthorGarthor Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    How the fuck does that market the game in any way?

    Because people get pissed off at the goddamned marketing for Dante's Inferno and zing brand recognition!

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    EvanderEvander Disappointed Father Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I wish Dante's Inferno would just come out so we don't have to hear about its marketing ever again.

    You are not alone.

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    EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    How the fuck does that market the game in any way?

    All of the Dante's Inferno's advertising has tied into the Circles of Hell from the poem. This would be Heresy, the 6th circle. Lust was the Comic-Con contest involving find the hottest Booth Babe. Gluttony involved body part shaped cakes delivered to game sites. Greed was EA sending stylized checks to game journalists in the amount of 200 and telling them to do what they wish with them. I am lead to believe that the entire kill 1000 unbaptized babies achievement leak was to signify Anger in its ensuing shitstorm.

    While I think their approach has been ingenious from a marketing standpoint, the subject matter of the game is going to/has cause a decent amount of controversy.

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    CorbiusCorbius Shepard Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    So, does that mean EA closing Pandemic is just a marketing stunt for Dante's Inferno?

    "Surprise, its like the 9th circle, Betrayers!"

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    EA closing Pandemic is a heavenly move.

    They have made nothing but awful games since Mercenaries 1.

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    EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    EA closing Pandemic is a heavenly move.

    They have made nothing but awful games since Mercenaries 1.

    Destroy All Humans and Mercenaries 2 were decent, but not ground breaking.

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    EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Too bad it doesn't have a self-flagellation mini game.

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    SmokeStacksSmokeStacks Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    There is a lame joke in here somewhere involving the kneeling peripheral and the Wii remote and priests and choirboys and "expansion packs", but I can't seem to put it together.

    I kinda hope Dante's Inferno is a flop, just because it will teach publishers that sometimes there is a such thing as bad publicity.

    I'm not angered by the whole religious theme at all, I just think it's lame attempts at drumming up some artificial controversy.

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    StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited November 2009
    The whole thing just reminds me of the terrible marketing Activision did pre-merger.

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    How the fuck does that market the game in any way?

    It got us talking about it.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    How the fuck does that market the game in any way?

    It got us talking about it.

    Every absurd thing that these marketing folks have done so far has been plastered all over gaming newsblogs every, single, time.

    Unfortunately for them there seems to be a whole lot of skepticism about the game, and overall it seems like people are getting tired of the shenanigans.

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    EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Like I said earlier, I'm a fan of ARGs and viral advertising, but this game really should not have been a candidate for it, considering the source material.

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    GdiguyGdiguy San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    slash000 wrote: »
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    How the fuck does that market the game in any way?

    It got us talking about it.

    Every absurd thing that these marketing folks have done so far has been plastered all over gaming newsblogs every, single, time.

    Unfortunately for them there seems to be a whole lot of skepticism about the game, and overall it seems like people are getting tired of the shenanigans.

    Are they going to make us their bitch?

    (really, nothing will ever top that)

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    korodullinkorodullin What. SCRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    The whole thing just reminds me of the terrible marketing Acclaim did all the time.

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    JohnDoeJohnDoe Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    korodullin wrote: »
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    The whole thing just reminds me of the terrible marketing Acclaim did all the time.

    I guess they're going with what works...

    Oh wait.

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    HuxleyHuxley Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Oh man, that reminds of an old NES game a friend of mine had growing up.

    It was all Jesusy ... you threw fruit (of the spirit!) at disbelievers to convert them. Seriously.

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    JohnDoe wrote: »
    korodullin wrote: »
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    The whole thing just reminds me of the terrible marketing Acclaim did all the time.

    I guess they're going with what works...

    Oh wait.

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    HuxleyHuxley Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Huxley wrote: »
    Oh man, that reminds of an old NES game a friend of mine had growing up.

    It was all Jesusy ... you threw fruit (of the spirit!) at disbelievers to convert them. Seriously.

    SELF QUOTE UPDATE: Brought to you by 5 a.m. White Russians:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_Warfare_%28video_game%29

    SPIRITUAL WARFARE! Thank god for the internet.

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    Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    The Dante's Inferno ad guys have done some pretty stupid shit, but I still don't think anyone's done worse than that time Sony had a severed goat head at a God of War event.

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    SandersSanders Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    If you go to preorder and put in a year, followed by clicking Start Damning Now, you get a trailer.

    If you do not put in a year and click Start Damning Now, you get sent to a facebook page with a larger resolution trailer.

    Makes no sense, but ok.

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    Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Trans* Woman In Aviators Firing A Bazooka. ⚛️Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Corbius wrote: »
    So, does that mean EA closing Pandemic is just a marketing stunt for Dante's Inferno?

    "Surprise, its like the 9th circle, Betrayers!"
    :lol:

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