Leading Gaming Blog, Kotaku.com has kicked off a week of religion and gaming blogs with a history of religion in games. It’s more or less helpful, but in my opinion it goes off track in the last two paragraphs:
And that’s where you hit the fundamental incompatibility. Games and religion are unsuitable for one another because of that value: Entertainment. It’s not to say games can never have a redeeming message. It’s not to say a faith has no thrilling tales to tell. But one’s purpose is supposed to make you live better, while the other’s purpose is to make life better, without putting too fine a point on it.
There is then, perhaps, a natural and necessary separation of church and games. And I would say “Render into games the things which are of games,” And unto God, well, it’s best to let Him render those things.
I’m considering responding to this idea later, but I’d be interested in your thoughts.