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First of all I would like to share a quote from an Anime show that I have enjoyed Sword Art Online. Kirito (Kazuto Kirigaya) is the main character for the show. The first season was about a new VMMRPG that used Nerve Headset to enter into a virtual game. Everything seems normal until no one could log out of it. Suddenly the creator, Akihiko Kayaba, of the game did a world wide meeting where he told them that the game changed. No way to log out unless you beat the game. To add to the horror, if you die in game you also die in real life. You can image how the 10K players who were told this and the many reactions. I can tell you this it was more than 1 year before hope shined, but I will leave that for you to watch to discover what happened. The quote is from Season 2:
Quote from Sword Art Online- Season 2
In the End, it’s a game, so anything goes. If you want to kill, you kill. If you want to steal, you steal. I’ve met more people than I care to who think this way. In a way, it’s true! I used to think that way too…
But it’s not true there are things you have to protect because it’s a virtual world. I have learned that from someone important to me. If you give in to your urges here, the price is that it changes your personality in real life. The player and character are one- Kirito
The urge he speaks of is our sin nature. Believe it or not people act who they are more in a virtual game than they do in real life. So many anti-gamers believe the % of people who play games lie about who they are. Though it can happen, it does not happen a lot. I would say less than 5% of the people act that way. The quote above is something I believe is true, and I have scene countless times in various games (FPS, MMORPGs, or STR). When given the chance to act the way you want without certain consequences would you act the way you wanted? All of you true gamers, have you met someone that would kill for the fun, steal for the fun, disrespect, give in to their anger, or anything similar? I have, I have seen people who call themselves Christians in personal life, but in a FPS act as if they were the world. Cussing out at players who disrespect them.
You see the world has no hope without Christ, and in the virtual world the consequences are nothing like the real world. If you steal in most cases you will not be arrested nor sent to prison. If you kill without reason, the only consequence is given to the person who dies. Some games, you loose money or stuff from your bags. Treating people badly also does not have a consequence though many gaming companies do have a report system you can use for harassment, inappropriate character names, and spamming. Ultimately it is based on the moral foundation of the player on how they act to other people. I have noticed that in many different communities of the specific games can be different. In many cases there are those we consider Trolls (people looking to be jerks to other players), and Christians who are vocal about their Christian Guild can be persecuted pretty harshly by players. I personally have had my fair share of people who challenge me, attack me verbally, and even harass me through whispers, letters, or abusive cussing. People love to speak their mind in games than in real life.
As a Christian we need to be wary of our actions. Being willing to stand for our morals and standars. The best way to do this, in my opinion, is to invite God to be apart of your life in everything. That means committing your hobbies to God. Asking Him to help you keep your mind clean, on the right track as you play, respect others, and being willing to impact for Him. There are so many people that play games, and you will be surprised to how many are actually searching for God. You might be the only Salt or Light that lays the seeds in that person’s heart about God. This also means what games you play. I have several that I would not encourage just because of the content it is based on and how often it will be in my face. Here are a few that I do not support: Wildstar, Saints Row, Grand Theft Auto, and there are others. You see these games put inappropriate content in your face, unavoidable. That is why one reason we have created a family-friendly Christian based community. Many guilds or non-Christian groups do not care about the language or content their members bring. So I encourage all of you to find Christian groups or Family-Friendly groups who want to keep a clean environment. Ultimately it is what you bring to the game, and if it is doing whatever you want… eventually it will show in real life.