Religion in Games

I love Penny Arcade’s Extra Credits videos. They are always intelligent and interesting. They spend about ten minutes at a time exploring an aspect of gaming and story telling. (I’m a bit of a geeky gamer girl).

The other day my boyfriend pointed out that they had a new video up about religion in games. Perfect topic for me!

Check out the parts on religion and games:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/religion-in-games-part-1

http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/religion-in-games-part-2

http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/god-does-not-play-dice

It’s a fantastic little series. The creators put all their careful logic into these videos.

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So as much as meditation is difficult for me and I don’t do it like I think I should, it still irritates me when people completely misunderstand the concept. I saw a daily poll yesterday and it was just a community of people asking each other questions and then commenting on them. One question was Do You Meditate?

The comments were discouraging. They fell into these three themes:

  • It’s boring, it isn’t fun
  • Who has time? Why do it when there is music?
  • I don’t do disgusting pagan rituals, I read the Bible

These comments revealed to me that the general public really does not understand what meditation is. 

It isn’t supposed to be fun. It’s hard work. It’s very hard work. It is not the same as listening to music, or tuning out, or relaxing. People who believe that meditation is the key to achieving the very purpose of human existence make time for it. And I can’t even touch that third one. It’s people like that who perpetuate my problem with Christians.

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