“Jamin, what the cheese are you talking about?” you ask, confused as to how God could be found in a video game.
“Well I’ll tell you,” I say. “Sure, it may sound odd, but there are certain games that illuminate certain things to me. So read on my dear fellow or fellowette. You shall come to understand what I truly mean.”
The first game I wish to bring to your attention is the following:
Where is God in it? God is in the smartness of this game. These puzzles become incredibly difficult as you move closer to the end of the game and the ingenuity and scientific theory are so complex and yet so simple at the same time. It pushes me to reflect on not only how much intelligence God gave us, but how much more intelligent He is than us. This game is also the funniest game ever created as many might recognize from it’s ever so famous song, Still Alive.
Where is God in it? Well, to hear my thoughts on this one, you could just watch my video about it here or read my blog post here. But to get the basic gist of it, just read the following: This would probably be considered one of the first games to go green. As you fly by flowers they open up and the world around them is painted with amazing colour. Later you must revive an incredibly dark city that is completely overrun by technology. As you do so, it is revived into a beautiful cityscape. Seriously simple game. Seriously beautiful. You come to see God through the fake nature in this game in the same way that you would when you take a walk through the forest. And while I’m not much of a super tree hugger, you will come to a better revelation of the importance of taking care of what God has given us.
I must also mention that this game has one of the most beautiful soundtracks ever composed. It fits the game perfectly and also shows you the complexity of God’s amazing audible gift.
Little Big Planet
Where is God in it? Where isn’t God in this game? This is by far the most creative game ever created by mankind! When I play it I feel incredibly joyful and I think it’s because of the desire that the Creator put in us to create. You’ll find that desire comes to life in me while I guide Sack Boy throughout the 2 million levels random people have made. That’s just a microscopic taste of the joy God feels in creating us and the world around us.
It’s beautiful. It’s funny. It’s creative. It’s groundbreaking. It’s graphic design turned into a video game. Man, I talk about this game a lot on this blog.
Where is God in it? He’s in it the same way He’s in Portal, except I think this particular strategy/puzzle game is maybe even more complex than Portal. The complexity of the human mind in this game goes on to amplify that of God’s.
Where is God in it? I could give this game points for creativity and complexity since you don’t have to use the controller. All you do is tell the game what to do through a mic and unlike most voice recognition programs, IT ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDS YOU! But that’s not why I brought it up. I actually bring it up due to my personal experience with it(yeah Wesleyan Quadrilateral).
I kind of hate this game. Not because it sucks or anything, I’m sure it’s a great game…
for those who are good at it.
But sadly, I am not one of those. I cannot for the life of me figure it out. Yet I found God in the online community. I know it sounds weird, but I did. I found the importance of community and working together, which is of obvious importance when it comes to God’s church (or at least it’s supposed to be obvious).
I was put into teams many times and instead of my teammates hating me for my horrible gaming skills, they typically loved on me and helped me to understand better. Even my opponents helped me! The first time I played online, my enemy offered me the chance to join his team so he could give me money to level up my weapons! Not gonna lie here. That caught me off guard. I found somewhat of a resemblance to what the Christian community should look like, except in the middle of World War 3 in an online video game.
So there ya go. I figure if I’m going to play video games like I do, I might as well search for God in them. And maybe if you’ve played any of these, you too have come to find God. If not, look around. Sometimes He pops up in unexpected places!