February 5, 2016
Video-game worlds may be temporal, but once gone they represent the loss of something inherently good.
This is a really neat piece. I'm not a gamer (anymore), but I totally "get" the appeal of MMOs, and I'm sympathetic to the ones who call these virtual worlds home in a sense that goes beyond mere escapism.
One thing that strikes me is that the people who inhabit these virtual worlds KNEW the day and hour when their end would come. And so they did something beautiful in response. I wonder how the response would come if the servers had just been shut off some day mid-play...no warning, no preparation...just lightsaber action followed by nothing. I bet THAT would have really prompted some angry real-world outbursts.
I'm being tongue-in-cheek, but my point is we who live in THIS world and await its renewal don't have the privilege of knowing the day or hour when that will happen. We should be living EACH moment the way those MMO players chose to live the last moments of their worlds.
I would have felt that way over Destiny but I left it and moved on to other more single-player games. I get the appeal of MMO's though but if you ever want to find a more sinful community you can look no further.
Only MMO I lament over would be the Stargate MMO, just because that's the sci-fi world I have always wanted to live in.
Great post. I've been recently getting maybe a bit too absorbed in this world that I put my Bible reading to the side, and even find my mind turning towards sin. How quickly they fall. This was a much needed article for me to read.
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