Yes Family Ministries – Video Games
This section of Yes Family Ministries will focus on a wide range of topics in the video game industry, from old school to new title reviews, the best conventions to attend, collectibility trends, and also just the industry and collectibility trends in general. With that being said, the importance of the retro game industry I think is always a great introduction, so let me start by introducing you to some of the most iconic and even highly sought after Bible-based games within the retro gaming industry.
The Atari 2600 released a game in 1983 called “Red Sea Crossing” that was available to order in Christian Magazines, and tells the story of Moses crossing the Red Sea. Although, it may not have gotten recognition during its production life span, it is now a highly collectible cartridge on the Atari 2600, currently fetching about $1300 for a loose cartridge.
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is famous for its fairly large library and wide range of accessories and cartridges. It also had a pretty impressive library of Bible games. Their library includes games created by developers Wisdom tree and titles are Bible Adventures, Bible Buffet, Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land, Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, King of Kings: The Early Years, Spiritual Warfare, and Sunday Funday. Sunday Funday and Bible Buffet are both highly collectible, with Sunday Funday currently being worth about $230 and Bible Buffet worth around $100.
The Super Nintendo (SNES) is another retro console with a highly collectible Bible game by the name of Super 3D Noah’s Ark, also created by game developer Wisdom Tree. Originally released in 1994, and re-released on Steam in 2015, the physical copy of this cartridge is desirable to super nintendo collectors and currently is worth around $183 for a solo cartridge.
Although there have been so many other Christian and Biblical based games released for newer consoles than the three mentioned, the foundation the Atari and Nintendo consoles placed on the video game industry is important to be made aware of and to appreciate the original games that have influenced collectors that are both believers or non believers. It is fulfilling to be in the industry and see a non-believer get excited over a Christian video game, and it is within that excitement that a seed gets planted and God is welcomed into their life.
Kayla is part of the YES FM Media Network staff and owner of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Retro in Bowling Green, OH