Religion in Video Games

May 30, 2016

Why am I wanting to become a game artist and game designer? Is it just to make money or is it with a purpose? What cause am I going to do it for? I believe I have come to know the answers to these questions. I want to become a game artist and designer because of my passion for gaming. I love stories, animation, and it has been a childhood dream of mine to create my own RPGs ever since “Legend of Zelda” first came out in the NES and SNES. I was lucky enough to play the first Nintendo, and “A Link to the Past” on the Super Nintendo. I was into it. But it’s not just about the story. It’s about what is being taught, and I believe that the game industry needs a change. I believe we should implement traditional values in gaming and not the stuff we see on TV or in the mainstream music industry. We know what this consists of, but there are others who would like an alternative, and that is what I would like to help provide. There are those that wish to hijack the gaming industry as well as they have the others, but I won't stand for it. We can't let them have it all and ruin the experience completely!  Read the my post about this on ChristiAnime to find out more about this. We know that it can be used as a very valuable tool to help make people’s lives better. That is why I want to do this! And there should be an alternative available for those who want it. Yes, this is a great cause for concern. However, I knew from the start that I would receive criticism for this. And Anonymous doesn't want religion in games. But you will find that secular games also have religion. Here is what he said:
 

((I will clue you in to one thing. I grew up in a very Christian home. This caused a lot of fights with my mother due to the fact that I was not allowed to play violent or other kinds of video games growing up. Personally I believe that all types of religion should be left out of video games so as not to influence kids or others one way or another. I believe that a depiction of religion is fine but not a game wholly based on religious foundations. You may not know but an old Gameboy game called Exodus was based on Moses as he was set about certain "tasks" to fulfill his god's command. The game tanked in sales and was soon taken off all retail shelves because parents didn't like what it was "teaching" their kids. I will take it upon myself and say for the general populace of gamers that we do not need or want a heavy religious game or alternative. We do however appreciate your input. Keep it up.)) -Anonymous

 

I have depicted the opposing view in ((double parenthesis)) so it will jump out at you! Enjoy the read!
 

((I grew up in a very Christian home. This caused a lot of fights with my mother due to the fact that I was not allowed to play violent or other kinds of video games growing up.))

 

There is an old saying: “If you don’t teach your children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.” This rings true. I wish I could have grown up in a family with Christian principles. Why is this bad? There are some games I do play with violence in it. Depending on what standard you choose to hold will determine how much of that you feel you can handle. But choose wisely.

 

((“Personally I believe that all types of religion should be left out of video games so as not to influence kids or others one way or another.”))

 

Tell that to the game developers. Yes there is religion in video games whether you like it or not, whether you agree with it or not. There is also an agenda being promoted through the media, and it’s not Christianity. Here is a list of popular video games to look at concerning this:

 

 

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce and Trinity

 

One of the most significant symbols in The Legend of Zelda mythos – if not the most important symbol – is the Triforce. It began as an artifact embodying particular virtues. The three-part Triforce-design is based upon a symbol of significance to Japanese history, the crest of the powerful Hojo clan. It took upon particularly important meaning in the Zelda-verse mythology when it became tied to the Three Goddesses.The Triforce’s roots (as well as the possible roots of the three sacred jewels, pendants and pearls seen throughout the game series) would seem to lie in Shinto, which can be read about in greater detail in the article here. The linked article deals with Shinto elements in A Link to the Past in particular.

A cursory look into Japanese mythology speaks of the three regalia symbolizing the Japanese royal family (one of which is a sword interestingly nicknamed “Grasscutter” or “Lawnmower” depending upon translation – something to ponder when you’re using Link’s Master Sword to cut the grass). The regalia are meant to represent the virtues to be embodied by the descendants of the sun goddess, Amatersu – the royal family. These virtues are “wisdom,” “benevolence,” and “valor,” or “power,” “wisdom” and “benevolence/courage,” depending upon translation. It is very easy to see the links between these stories and the Legend of Zelda universe.

 

Breath of Fire II & III series – An evil Church, An evil God (Goddess) and paganism.

Traveling on Mina, the group makes their way to the main church and sneak inside. It is revealed that the religion is a front for a demon lord who uses the prayers of the people to empower itself, and that Ryu's father Ganer is being held prisoner inside, having been kidnapped by Aruhameru ten years ago. Ryu and his friends escape the church as they destroy it, making their way back to Gate to stop the demons' plot once and for all. In Gate, they meet and do battle with Father Hulk, the pastor who took over the Gate church years ago after Ganer was imprisoned. In order for Father Hulk

 

to open the seal in the mountain, he needs a member of the dragon clan. Ryu and friends are tricked into bringing him the thief Patty, whose membership in the dragon clan reveals her to be Yua, Ryu's sister. Father Hulk reveals himself as the demon Habaruku, founder of the Church of St. Eva and Ryu does battle with him. The dragon at the mountain springs to life, and transforms into the spirit of a woman, revealing herself to be Ryu's mother Valerie, a member of the Dragon Clan who traveled from their hiding place in the mountain years ago and married Ryu's father, later sacrificing herself to save the town. Ryu and his team travel into the cave going deep underground to the demon stronghold, where they meet the last remaining members of the Dragon Clan. After gaining the ultimate dragon power, Ryu battles Barubary, the demon from his past, and his master, Deathevn, leader of the St. Eva religion revealed to be a remnant of Myria, the mad goddess from the previous game. After unleashing his full strength, Ryu defeats Deathevn and returns home with two possible endings based on whether the player rescued his father from the St. Eva Church - either sacrificing himself like his mother by transforming into a dragon to prevent further demon encroachment, or by having Ganer pilot a floating landmass on top of the mountain and seal it off for good. 


Sonya’s Note: It’s amazing how “Christian Like” this fake religion is in the game. Breath of Fire III is like Breath of Fire II. At the end, the church and God are always the enemy. Xenogears is another game you can check out. I have not personally played this game, but I heard that it also involves some evil churches in it as well.  

 

Dragon Quest: The Goddess
The Goddess is a recurring deity in several Dragon Quest game series games. She is the creator figure who shaped many of the worlds featured in the series and brought each of its various races into being, with the exception of the world of Alefgard and the worlds of Dragon Quest VII and IX, which were created by Rubiss, God and Zenus respectively.

Humans in the series have formed religions associated with her, which they access through the holy sites of churches and their various services; however, it would seem that all races, even demons, at least acknowledge her. Castles everywhere frequently showcase the Goddess depicted in statue, and churches often use a trident-shaped symbol to represent her (however this symbol is also used with other major gods in the series).



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