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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0664232779
ISBN-13: 9780664232771
Sku: 211872096
Publish Date: 1/1/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 0.5T
Pages:  224
Age Range:  NA
 

Craig Detweiler''s collection of up-to-the-minute essays on video games'' theological themes (and yes, they do exist!) is an engaging and provocative book for gamers, parents, pastors, media scholars, and theologians--virtually anyone who has dared to consider the ramifications of modern society''s obsession with video games and online media. Together, these essays take on an exploding genre in popular culture and interpret it through a refreshing and enlightening philosophical lens.

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Craig Detweiler's collection of up-to-the-minute essays on video games' theological themes|(and yes, they do exist) is an engaging and provocative book for gamers, parents, pastors, media scholars, and theologians--virtually anyone who has dared to consider the ramifications of modern society's obsession with video games and online media. Top contributors address timely topics such as video games as the new storytelling medium;the theological implications of violent or apocalyptic video games like Halo 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Resident Evil; the impact of avatars, "second lives," and social networks on our spiritual lives; the competitive aspects of gaming and the nature of play in Madden NFL and Guitar Hero; the active future of gaming (and faith) accompanying the Wii; medical ethics and theology in controversial games such as BioShock; and the rise of Islamogaming, analyzing how games can function as tools of identity formation and social protest for minority religions. Additional material includes interviews with current game designers, including Rand Miller, cocreator of Myst and Riven, and a helpful chapter from the Fuller Youth Institute on how parents and pastors can effectively talk to teens about gaming. Together, these essays take on an exploding genre in popular culture and interpret it through a refreshing and enlightening theological lens.

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"Those not familiar with the contemporary scene will be amazed to discover how far video games have evolved since the days of Pac Man and Space Invaders." 01/11/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0224
Product attributePublisher:   Westminster John Knox Press
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