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Can You Tell The Difference Between Video Game Manuals and Cult Literature?

by Adriana Lee | April 4, 2013April 4, 2013 10:30 pm PST

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There’s something about computer and video games that inspire legions of devoted masses. They’re often blamed for becoming an obsession in players’ lives, separating people from their cash and driving a wedge between them and their loved ones.

Given all that, maybe it shouldn’t shock anyone that cults like to use some rather gamer-like lingo in their recruitment and educational literature. Or at least that’s the way it seems, judging by the quoted material that Mental Floss rounded up for its latest quiz “Video Game Manual or Religious Cult Literature?” Granted, this isn’t the first time a parallel has been drawn between cults and gaming — indeed, some titles even use cult themes as storylines — but looking at these passages set against each other like this, the result still set our jaws-a-dropping.

For example, can you tell which of these quotes are from games and which come from cult leaders?

  • “In many galaxies, there may be an area where you have to transform to advance.”
  • “5 is the number of atonement, 17 is the number of heaven, 10 is the number of completeness.”
  • “The Arbiter’s people, the Elites, have joined Humanity’s struggle against the rest of the Covenant.”
  • “Only a member of the Next Level can give you Life.”

Scroll to down to bottom for the answers. 

If you’re curious and want to check out the full quiz, jump down the page to visit the source link. Or just head there if you want to test your general gamer knowledge. (Warning: It’s harder than you’d think.) First one to score 100 percent earns a toga and the next level of human existence, to play all the titles and expansion packs they want for all eternity.

 

 

 

Answers: 

“In many galaxies, there may be an area where you have to transform to advance.”
Answer: Video game manual, Super Mario Galaxy

“5 is the number of atonement, 17 is the number of heaven, 10 is the number of completeness.”
Answer: Cult literature, Harold Camping’s 2011 apocalyptic predictions

“The Arbiter’s people, the Elites, have joined Humanity’s struggle against the rest of the Covenant.”
Answer: Video game manual, Halo 3

“Only a member of the Next Level can give you Life.”
Answer: Cult literature, Heaven’s Gate


Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...

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