Gamestation has taken the peculiar step of recreating the Christian Nativity scene using modern video game characters. The stunt is to kick off its Christmas marketing drive and puts well known characters from our favourite games into the roles of key figures in the Christian story.
I’m a little bit rusty on my Christian mythology so forgive me if I get any of the roles mixed up: Sackboy is playing the baby Jesus, Zelda is cast as the Holy Mother with Marcus Fenix as Joseph (there’s a match we wouldn’t have predicted). The visiting Magi roles are given to Mario, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Solid Snake.
I’m not sure who Sonic and Yoshi are supposed to be but I hope they’re not the animals who came to witness the birth of Christ. I mean, I know they’re animals but somehow I find comparing them to cattle much more egregious than casting Sackboy as the Lamb of God.
It’s all a little weird and I’m sure there are several humourless Christian groups already penning letters of disgust that their mythology is being treated in such a lighthearted way. What do you think: Offensive, just a bit of fun or weird and irrelevant?
I’ve just checked the official press release and it seems that Yoshi is the donkey that carried the heavily pregnant virgin on her trip to Bethlehem. Sonic would have got them there before all the inns filled up.