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    Spyware Left Behind in Religious Video Game
    by Chris Sabga

    The Anti-******'s dark influence may have already poisoned "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," a new real-time strategy game based on the best-selling Christian book series. The game allows you to "conduct physical and spiritual warfare: using the power of prayer to strengthen your troops." (Source:

    But the power of prayer won't protect you if you install Left Behind: it comes bundled with a special bonus feature: hidden Spyware that cannot be blocked or uninstalled.

    It tracks your every move:

    - How often you play

    - The duration of each game session

    - What time of the day you play

    - Where you go in the game (Times Square, Soho, Chinatown, and the United Nations Building are some of the locations available)

    - It also knows where your computer is located and taps into your personal information. (Source:

    - And most importantly: it has control over the product placements and video ads viewed during gameplay. (Source:

    The company behind the intrusive software, "Double Fusion," describes itself as "the leading independent provider of in-game advertising and marketing solutions worldwide." (Source:

    Ironically, Double Fusion is based in Israel: a country described as the "Holy Land" in the "Left Behind" books. However, there is nothing holy about the company's agenda. (Source:

    From Double Fusion's Web site:

    "Double Fusion gives game publishers the next generation in-game advertising the technology, knowledge and sales solutions that help unlock the full revenue potential of their games and take advantage of the new gaming marketplace." (Source:

    In other words, Double Fusion litters its games with obtrusive advertisements and unwanted Spyware.

    What happens if you play as a member of the Anti-******'s army in the game? Will Double Fusion try to add you to a database of "non-believers"? A facetious question, obviously, but companies can do anything with the data they accumulate from Spyware.

    In the "Left Behind" books, "non-believers" eventually receive the "Mark of the Beast": an irremovable symbol that damns them as hell bound heathens with no hope of eternal salvation.

    Perhaps Spyware companies deserve to suffer the same fate?

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