Interesting piece on the topic of Religion in Video Games:

A recent academic study into religion within video games by University of Missouri doctoral student Greg Perreault took a look at a wide range of games including Mass Effect 2, Final Fantasy 13, Assassin’s Creed, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Breath of Fire. Although he set out to explore the depictions of organized religions to spiritual religions, what he instead found was an emphasis on violence.

“In most of these games, there was a heavy emphasis on a “Knights Templar” and crusader motifs,” Perreault said. “Not only was the violent side of religion emphasized, but in each of these games religion created a problem that the main character must overcome, whether it is a direct confrontation with religious zealots or being haunted by religious guilt.”

Read the whole thing here.


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