Video games have often attracted moral outrage from religious groups. But the clergy are increasingly interested in how they can be used to explore spirituality in a Christian setting
Put your screens away and worship God, I was often told on Sundays. Video games and church don’t mix. When they do, it’s usually fuelled by outrage or misunderstanding – PlayStation game Resistance: Fall of Man’s use of Manchester Cathedral for a violent gun battle in 2007 led to legal threats from the Church of England and an apology from Sony.
These arguments stem from a misunderstanding of what video games are. If games are seen only as entertainment, it’s inappropriate for them to address culturally sensitive topics or be used in sacred settings.
Resident good: how video games can be used in church