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7th Dec '16 3:20:09 PM Chytus
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* In TheEighties, home computers were marketed as an educational alternative to video game consoles to anxious parents [[EducationMama fearful of anything that could threaten their children's attempts to get into a good college]]. Commodore in particular [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUKUHjBhb2Q attempted to scare parents away from mind-rotting consoles]] toward their computers. Their ploy seems to have worked, as the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}} is considered a factor in UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as the C64 and other computers of the time actually had plenty of great games. The moral panic surrounding teenagers' Internet use has made this somewhat HilariousInHindsight.

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* In TheEighties, home computers were marketed as an educational alternative to video game consoles to anxious parents [[EducationMama fearful of anything that could threaten their children's attempts to get into a good college]]. Commodore in particular [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUKUHjBhb2Q attempted to scare parents away from mind-rotting consoles]] toward their computers. Their ploy seems to have worked, as the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}} is considered a factor in UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as the C64 and other computers of the time actually had plenty of great games. The moral panic surrounding teenagers' Internet use has made this somewhat HilariousInHindsight.



* Several churches, appalled at the pagan influences of [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]] and the monsters seen in traditional haunted houses, have taken to doing "Halloween alternative" parties like the "March of Saints" as done in some Catholic parishes in the Philippines and elsewhere, wherein children disguise themselves as Biblical figures or saints. Some take this to extremes by setting up "hell houses," in which the attendees are shown scenes meant to portray the decadence of secular culture, finally ending in a room occupied by {{Satan}}, claiming that all of the characters they had seen are now firmly in his grasp. In the worst of these, the Hell House is marketed as a normal haunted house, and is thus a BaitAndSwitch, and in some the attendees must either agree to be saved (i.e. become born-again Christians) or must traverse the length of the building in order to get out. The whole concept is savagely mocked in a SomethingPositive sequence starting [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10042006.shtml here]]. Perhaps more common are the Harvest Parties, which feature game booths, contests, and the requisite candy, typically hosted in whatever part of the church has an open floor and forgoing the ghouls-and-ghosts theme (converting the holiday into Thanksgiving Lite).

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* Several churches, appalled at the pagan influences of [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]] and the monsters seen in traditional haunted houses, have taken to doing "Halloween alternative" parties like the "March of Saints" as done in some Catholic parishes in the Philippines and elsewhere, wherein children disguise themselves as Biblical figures or saints. Some take this to extremes by setting up "hell houses," in which the attendees are shown scenes meant to portray the decadence of secular culture, finally ending in a room occupied by {{Satan}}, claiming that all of the characters they had seen are now firmly in his grasp. In the worst of these, the Hell House is marketed as a normal haunted house, and is thus a BaitAndSwitch, and in some the attendees must either agree to be saved (i.e. become born-again Christians) or must traverse the length of the building in order to get out. The whole concept is savagely mocked in a SomethingPositive Webcomic/SomethingPositive sequence starting [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10042006.shtml here]]. Perhaps more common are the Harvest Parties, which feature game booths, contests, and the requisite candy, typically hosted in whatever part of the church has an open floor and forgoing the ghouls-and-ghosts theme (converting the holiday into Thanksgiving Lite).
27th Nov '16 12:50:21 PM VicGeorge2011
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* Pureflix, the Christian alternative to the Creator/Netflix subscription streaming service.

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* Pureflix, the Christian alternative to the Creator/Netflix Creator/{{Netflix}} subscription streaming service.
27th Nov '16 12:49:50 PM VicGeorge2011
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* Pureflix, the Christian alternative to the Creator/Netflix subscription streaming service.
27th Nov '16 12:12:15 PM VicGeorge2011
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* G.P. Taylor's ''Shadowmancer'' series is considered the Christian alternative to the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book series.
29th Oct '16 11:42:19 AM nombretomado
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* In TheEighties, home computers were marketed as an educational alternative to video game consoles to anxious parents [[EducationMama fearful of anything that could threaten their children's attempts to get into a good college]]. Commodore in particular [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUKUHjBhb2Q attempted to scare parents away from mind-rotting consoles]] toward their computers. Their ploy seems to have worked, as the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}} is considered a factor in TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as the C64 and other computers of the time actually had plenty of great games. The moral panic surrounding teenagers' Internet use has made this somewhat HilariousInHindsight.

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* In TheEighties, home computers were marketed as an educational alternative to video game consoles to anxious parents [[EducationMama fearful of anything that could threaten their children's attempts to get into a good college]]. Commodore in particular [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUKUHjBhb2Q attempted to scare parents away from mind-rotting consoles]] toward their computers. Their ploy seems to have worked, as the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}} is considered a factor in TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983.UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as the C64 and other computers of the time actually had plenty of great games. The moral panic surrounding teenagers' Internet use has made this somewhat HilariousInHindsight.
24th Oct '16 6:07:24 PM klausbaudelaire
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23rd Oct '16 10:31:57 PM klausbaudelaire
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* Several churches, appalled at the pagan influences of [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]] and the monsters seen in traditional haunted houses, have taken to doing "Halloween alternative" parties, in which children disguise themselves as Biblical characters. Some take this to extremes by setting up "hell houses," in which the attendees are shown scenes meant to portray the decadence of secular culture, finally ending in a room occupied by {{Satan}}, claiming that all of the characters they had seen are now firmly in his grasp. In the worst of these, the Hell House is marketed as a normal haunted house, and is thus a BaitAndSwitch, and in some the attendees must either agree to be saved (i.e. become born-again Christians) or must traverse the length of the building in order to get out. The whole concept is savagely mocked in a SomethingPositive sequence starting [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10042006.shtml here]]. Perhaps more common are the Harvest Parties, which feature game booths, contests, and the requisite candy, typically hosted in whatever part of the church has an open floor and forgoing the ghouls-and-ghosts theme (converting the holiday into Thanksgiving Lite).

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* Several churches, appalled at the pagan influences of [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]] and the monsters seen in traditional haunted houses, have taken to doing "Halloween alternative" parties, parties like the "March of Saints" as done in which some Catholic parishes in the Philippines and elsewhere, wherein children disguise themselves as Biblical characters.figures or saints. Some take this to extremes by setting up "hell houses," in which the attendees are shown scenes meant to portray the decadence of secular culture, finally ending in a room occupied by {{Satan}}, claiming that all of the characters they had seen are now firmly in his grasp. In the worst of these, the Hell House is marketed as a normal haunted house, and is thus a BaitAndSwitch, and in some the attendees must either agree to be saved (i.e. become born-again Christians) or must traverse the length of the building in order to get out. The whole concept is savagely mocked in a SomethingPositive sequence starting [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10042006.shtml here]]. Perhaps more common are the Harvest Parties, which feature game booths, contests, and the requisite candy, typically hosted in whatever part of the church has an open floor and forgoing the ghouls-and-ghosts theme (converting the holiday into Thanksgiving Lite).


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22nd Oct '16 7:07:29 PM klausbaudelaire
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* A number of [[http://www.rcvsmc.net/id19.html Christian motorcycle clubs and ministries]] have sprung up as an answer to the [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Hells Angels]] and similar biker gangs, offering the same sense of brotherhood and interest in motorcycles (mostly Harley-Davidsons, though some accept bikers with "metric" or foreign-made bikes), all while serving God and teaching the gospel instead of the usual decadent and sometimes criminal nature common with biker gangs. Some went so far as to adopting the two or three-piece patch, but this didn't occasionally bode well with regular outlaw bikers, as what motorcycle ministries found out the hard way.
4th Oct '16 6:38:12 AM klausbaudelaire
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It is widely believed that the reason Color Dreams turned into Wisdom Tree was not out of piety, but so that they could get around Nintendo's licensing[[note]]In fact, [[WordOfGod one of the key people]] in the company admitted in an interview that most of the people at Color Dreams were atheists, which definitely lends credibility to this theory; [[http://www.sega-16.com/2006/08/interview-brenda-huff/ an interview with current Wisdom Tree owner Brenda Huff]] however suggested two conflicting accounts over the company's inception, one being Dan Lawton coming up with making Christian games ForTheLulz, and the other with staff member Mike Wilson pitching the idea as he was moonlighting as a Sunday school teacher at the time.[[/note]]. Nintendo's primary pressure tactic was refusing to sell their games to retailers that sold unlicensed games. Christian bookstores were immune to this, as they didn't stock video games in the first place. Seeing an opportunity, the newly-renamed Wisdom Tree convinced the bookstores that their games would bring kids to God, and started selling their games to them. Another theory is that Color Dreams changed their modus operandi after Nintendo sued them for selling unlicensed games -- after all, what sort of evil company (and [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld a Japanese one]], at that) would [[EvenEvilHasStandards hate on a Christian game developer anyway]]?

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It is widely believed that the reason Color Dreams turned into Wisdom Tree was not out of piety, but so that they could get around Nintendo's licensing[[note]]In fact, [[WordOfGod one of the key people]] in the company admitted in an interview that most of the people at Color Dreams were atheists, which definitely lends credibility to this theory; [[http://www.sega-16.com/2006/08/interview-brenda-huff/ an interview with current Wisdom Tree owner Brenda Huff]] however suggested two conflicting accounts over the company's inception, one being Dan Lawton coming up with making Christian games ForTheLulz, and the other with staff member Mike Wilson pitching the idea as he was moonlighting as a Sunday school School teacher at the time.[[/note]]. Nintendo's primary pressure tactic was refusing to sell their games to retailers that sold unlicensed games. Christian bookstores were immune to this, as they didn't stock video games in the first place. Seeing an opportunity, the newly-renamed Wisdom Tree convinced the bookstores that their games would bring kids to God, and started selling their games to them. Another theory is that Color Dreams changed their modus operandi after Nintendo sued them for selling unlicensed games -- after all, what sort of evil company (and [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld a Japanese one]], at that) would [[EvenEvilHasStandards hate on a Christian game developer anyway]]?


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* While [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil piracy is obviously a moral gray area]] at best, [[http://www.toki-woki.com/pirate-bay-clean-tpbclean-tpb-kickass-torrents-alternative-becoming-highly-popular/ The Pirate Bay Clean (TPBCLEAN)]] bills itself as being a more modest alternative to torrent sites, particularly the original Pirate Bay, as most if not all of them are littered with pornographic content and ads for adult sites. There is an option to turn them off on TPB and the others, but for the most part adult content tends to be enabled by default, hence the initiative for a "family-friendly" alternative, besides the fact that most of the Indian programmers the author hired weren't up to doing work on a site that served smut.
1st Oct '16 10:04:18 PM arnoldmcguire335
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* Even though they don't run as a Christian group (As they don't sing Christian songs, save for one performance of one specific song in one of their tours), Music/{{Cimorelli}} still counts for this trope. Combined with Bowdlerization, they technically would count as the "Good girl role models" substitute to Fifth Harmony and/or Little Mix.
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