God, games and gamers - World of Warcraft - John Van Sloten

June 10, 2007

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we're going to talk about God and his Kingdom via the massive, multiplayer, online role playing virtual reality of World of Warcraft.

One of the players was Jason Pinsky, 33, the chief technology officer for an apparel company in Manhattan. Mr. Pinsky is not unusual among serious players in that he has logged more than 125 days (3,000 hours) on his main character, a hunter. I play this game six nights a week from 8 p.m. to midnight, he said in a telephone interview. When I say that to people, sometimes they look at me a little funny. But then I point out that most people watch TV at least that much, and television is a totally mindless experience. Instead of watching The Lord of the Rings as a three-hour experience, I am now participating in the epic adventure.
NY times interview, Sept 5th 2006

Richard Bartle, co-creator of the first networked virtual world, in his book, Designing Virtual Worlds, defines them as places where the imaginary meets the real.
(Bartle 2004)

God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth." God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God's nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth."
Genesis 1:26-28

It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:11-12

Want to do some more thinking on the psychology of online role playing gaming? Check out Nick Yee's fascinating site at;
(Nick is a reknown expert, Stanford PhD student)

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August 04, 2011
A world where good is good and bad is bad is an impossibility.
Noone tries to be bad. Even Hitler thought that he was doing the right thing. Would any of you make it the goal of your life to kill all Jews if you thought it was wrong?
(I'm not sympathizing with Hitler at all!)

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April 05, 2011
God plays wow? lol. I bet God roam 4chan too.
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August 17, 2010
I watch this video and I see a man who is trying to speak to the times.

I read Lrothtube's comments, and I see a judgmental idiot brainwashed into 5th century ideas. You think you know a "loving" God (go read the Torah and tell me how loving that stupid jackass Yahweh is)? The modern Bible is the lie, it portrays God as a selfish, unloving jerk.

Of course, because of your brainwashing, you will see me as a product of sin and evil. So be it. I cannot help anyone who doesn't want to know.

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August 12, 2010
Im not sure whats going on here, is this guy supposed to be a pastor,? I am a true follower of Jesus Christ and I can NOT believe that this guy is trying to preach a sermon on WORLD of Warcraft......
That video is FILLED to the brim with demonic influences, this guy has no discernment WHAT SO EVER. Whats wrong with using the bible to preach to others. Typical of the "Emergent Church" a little bit of Jesus a litlle bit of the world = Mix well. The formula is destruction and leads to HELL, Lies

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August 12, 2010
Ok this guys is delusional, he's supposed to be a "pastor" but did anyone notice that he doesnt use a bible or quote any scripture??? God is NOT using WOW to point anyone anywhere, Jesus Christ only needs to use his word. Good enough! Does it sound like Jesus would use some demonic filled game to bring people to himself? Did anyone notice how this guy just blew off the violence in the game? Since when does the true living God resort to such diabolical measures? This guy doesnt know Jesus!!!!!!!

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August 12, 2010
So creepy, this guy is like on some kind of acid trip and trying to peddle it off as the gospel of Jesus Christ. Anyone familiar with the term Emergent Church? Well folks, here you have it in action. It is heresy and apostasy., Be careful folks, read II Timothy 4:3 and do a study on the emergent church. Please, for your own welfare do not be deceived by this kind of teaching it is not of God by any stretch of the imagination. WOW is FILLED WITH demonic symbols and influences.

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September 01, 2009
Reality is the fantasy
Reality is the game simuation world
reality is not the real world
we are just all living a lie in a program
the matrix film is just a sign and 13th floor and the film tron all signs showing we are in the unreal

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July 21, 2009
haha god is santa for adults !!!!!!

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June 03, 2009
fictional reality Created Character of the ultimate role playing Game that would mean god is not a god and the so called christ is and was just a fictional reality Created Character and when people lived and died and wake up out of the game they will realize what they lived and died 4 was nonthing at all there was no point of following or have a belief of any kind it was 4 nonthing what-if? we are in a reality game what would be the point of even beleaveing in a god or christ it was all4Nonthing

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May 27, 2009
i got what he was saying

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May 24, 2009
and what if this possibility my possibility would both right and wrong at the very same time but Religious took it too far and would make religion a lie >> in the picture at the start where it has monkey into Man then on the pc how u but the guy on the pc from the start then monkey all the way to Man then on the pc again Life in a Game reality world .reality is not the real world just living a lie so would mean god of a game is not truly a god and god is just in a game means godis nottruly a GOD

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May 04, 2009
he is making a refrence to fantasy world and what god's kingdom is suppose be like and in a way how there both the same

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March 09, 2009
World of Warcraft and religion have a lot in common. They're make believe, their members spend a lot of time killing the other factions, and everyone you hit on is a dude.

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September 24, 2008
I don't get it......... i mean i believe in Jesus but......what is he talking about?
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