POCKET WORLDS X: ENDLESS FANTASY
The worlds of games are so small. Imagine how many we can fit in our space. And we have infinity to do it.
We were made for so much more than just this one world. There are so many beyond our reach–for now–but there are also very many under our finger tips. There’s so many pools in this forest, waiting to be dived into. And not just explored for the sake of the pilgrim’s hope, but ruled! We are pilgrim princes. We are not cultists meant to serve some strange suit’s vision, but princes under an all powerful king, given the power to rule by the one who holds all power.
I expressed earlier my hope for games to grow into a sort of liturgy, or, we might say, a mirror for princes; crafts in which we immerse ourselves in order to reflect upon ourselves and God to become wiser, to learn about the world and become good rulers of it. However, I also believe games to simply be mirrors of the world. As such, they could teach us to become better rulers of this world, but they also teach us how to become rulers of new worlds.
What if he came into the game and played with us, one day?
“Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.”
Dibs on player two.
We cannot allow the industry of game making to continue on its way. They are just out to make idols, to profit off of fools hungry for something to sacrifice their time to. Christians need to step up and make! It is your duty. You are suppose to be a prince; act like it. Reject the rule of your free time by greedy fools.
Perhaps games can be not just a mirror of this world, but a mirror of the next one. Perhaps the pagans’ hope of some new and mighty game to come and establish a vision of a better world for them, sweet to taste, isn’t all that far off. The Game is false if it is suppose to replace Christ, or sanctification, or heaven. But if games can’t do that, could they maybe tell of a hope? A hope for a beautiful kingdom, where we all rule over beautiful kingdoms.
The thought of being a good ruler is also why I don’t like to indulge in wanton violence within game worlds. (I have friends who gladly murder children within video games.) It’s not that I think doing so will make me want to harm children in real life (although you should pause to think how virtual child murder cultivates you as a whole human). It’s more that I have been given dominion over these paper people. It is not just practice for dominion in the real world, it is dominion in of itself. And so I want to be good to them.
Will they ever be able to appreciate that?
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”