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Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God
     

Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God

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by Craig Detweiler
 

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ISBN-10: 0664232779

ISBN-13: 2900664232770

Pub. Date: 01/25/2010

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

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

Overview

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 theological lens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900664232770
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
01/25/2010
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Introduction: Halos and Avatars Craig Detweiler 1

Section 1 Playing Games with God

1 From Tekken to Kill Bill: The Future of Narrative Storytelling? Chris Hansen 19

2 Ultima IV: Simulating the Religious Quest Mark Hayse 34

3 The Play Is the Thing: Interactivity from Bible Fights to Passions of the Christ Rachel Wagner 47

4 Islamogaming: Digital Dignity via Alternative Storytellers Heidi Campbell 63

5 Wii Are Inspirited: The Transformation of Home Video Consoles (and Us) Kutter Callaway 75

Section 2 Halos

6 Myst and Halo: A Conversation with Rand Miller and Marty O'Donnell Lisa Swain 91

7 Madden Rules: Sports and the Future of Competitive Video Games Matthew Kitchen 108

8 Poets, Posers, and Guitar Heroes: Virtual Art for a Virtual Age Andrew McAlpine 121

9 Bio Shock to the System: Smart Choices in Video Games Kevin Newgren 135

Section 3 Avatars

10 'Til Disconnection Do We Part: The Initiation and Wedding Rite in Second Life Jason Shim 149

11 Role Playing: Toward a Theology for Gamers Daniel White Hodge 163

12 Cybersociality: Connecting Fun to the Play of God John W. Morehead 176

Conclusion: Born to Play Craig Detweiler 190

Appendix: Beyond "Turn that Thing Off! " Elevating the Gaming Conversation between Parents & Kids Kara Powell Brad M. Griffin 197

Notes 209

List of Contributors 231

Index 235

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