Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games
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Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games

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by Kevin Schut
     
 

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Video games are big business, generating billions of dollars annually. The long-held stereotype of the gamer as a solitary teen hunched in front of his computer screen for hours is inconsistent with the current makeup of a diverse and vibrant gaming community. The rise of this cultural phenomenon raises a host of questions: Are some games too violent? Do they hurt

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Video games are big business, generating billions of dollars annually. The long-held stereotype of the gamer as a solitary teen hunched in front of his computer screen for hours is inconsistent with the current makeup of a diverse and vibrant gaming community. The rise of this cultural phenomenon raises a host of questions: Are some games too violent? Do they hurt or help our learning? Do they encourage escapism? How do games portray gender? Such questions have generated lots of talk, but missing from much of the discussion has been a Christian perspective.

Kevin Schut, a communications expert and an enthusiastic gamer himself, offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian evaluation of video games and video game culture. He expertly engages a variety of issues, encouraging readers to consider both the perils and the promise of this major cultural phenomenon. The book includes a foreword by Quentin J. Schultze.

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Publishers Weekly
In his book on the intersection between Christian faith and video games, communications and media professor Schut offers well-researched ground for fellow believers to begin critically engaging with an oft-derided medium. He deftly addresses typical arguments lobbed against video games by presenting anecdotes, scientific studies, and interviews to start a critical dialogue about faith and games. At its core, the author asks: how does a Christian navigate—and even enjoy—a subculture that seems saturated with sloth, sexism, mindless violence, and iconoclasm? Without a thoughtful approach, games like Halo, Final Fantasy, or Zelda can corrupt an audience. Schut calls for a healthy Christian criticism that withholds absolute judgments, considers context, and synthesizes perspectives when it comes to games. While some may find his overview to be too broad or that it moves too quickly for the uninitiated, he makes an undeniably honest and heartfelt attempt to understand not only the relationship between Christianity and video games but also between faith and modern culture. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587433252
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/15/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,232,987
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Schut (PhD, University of Iowa) is professor and chair of the department of media and communication at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. His research uses video games to investigate the intersection of communication, technology, and culture. He has published articles and chapters on video games and history, games and mythology, and evangelical involvement with video games.

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