Smite: the Godliest of Games

We are no strangers to having mythology in our media in movies, books and especially games. However media mostly shows Greek, Roman, and thanks to the Thor series Norse gods, but not much love for other mythos. I can flip through channels and see twenty Hades before I see one Nu Wa. Although these gods usually do not get accurate representation of their original stories, like this video about Hade over film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c51pwfaBrM.

Here comes Smite a game that is a mythology geek’s dream come true. Smite is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) where the main characters are literal gods and some very famous monsters such as Arachne. This game does not have much story wise it is literally just a war of gods, with no reason at all. Story doesn’t really matter in this game though it’s the characters and gameplay. Smite shows off each god’s lore through their design, and moves. Like Nox is the Roman goddess of night her design is a black feathered dress which is based on the myth the Greek creation story (which Rome took) that before the universe was created was a raven called Nyx.

showing off lore
showing off lore

Poseidon Greek god of the sea shows off his ocean prowess with his ability to create waves and whirlpool or summon a kraken. Smite shows a small portion of that god’s story if you look at their character description and a series of Youtube videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubc-z_DITas. However the design of characters have created controversy especially in the Hindu community. Since Hindu is an active religion their representation of their gods sparked some anger mainly with Kali. This game theory video describes the situation better than I can and discusses the supposed “fan service” in this game, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiPZFPYhmzs. Smite isn’t a ground breaking game, but it is fun and has plenty of thought put into every aspect of its characters.

Hades fighting camp or cyclops keeping to the theme of monsters and gods
Hades fighting camp or cyclops keeping to the theme of monsters and gods

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