Thursday, July 07, 2005

Virtual Faith

Virtual Faith

Religion is an incredibly power force in people's lives. It has changed many for the better, but has also led others to acts of incredible baseness and cruelty.

What would happen if you combined the power of faith with the remarkably addictive and protean characteristics of a massively multiplayer online game?

Chris Morris of CNN examines the role of religion in videogaming in his latest column. The short answer? Mainstream publishers are still avoiding religion like a third rail. You can't find religious games in stores.

That's precisely why this is a fantastic niche for online game developers. An enthusiastic and networked audience. A theme that taps into deep feelings. The ultimate stakes.

Perhaps in the future, rather than sending our children to Sunday school, we'll let them learn moral lessons in a virtual equivalent of ancient Israel.

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