Im gonna take a big gamble today and say video games and religion are a metaphor of each other.
Think for a minute – there’s various video game systems available between the classics and what’s currently available today. In religion, there’s various beliefs which are also available since ancient times.
In video games, some concepts are borrowed from the past, present, and there’s various genres for everyone to enjoy in one form or another. In religion, there’s also concepts as well borrowed from each other; and one religion will try to say they’re “the one” with various concepts.
For video games:
Saving the princess/damsel in distress/family member(s)/friends
Saving the world/city/home
Becoming the best in a sport
Rebuilding a society
Followed by the various genres:
RPG (Role Playing Game)
Beat em up
MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online)
First/Third Person Shooter
All have a creation myth
All have some sort of flood-related incident
Depending on the situation, there’s always some sort of “chosen one” to live through a crisis
All have various lessons learned from the story
Loss of documentation (meaning records can be altered)
All cater to the “our’s is truth because…”
Various rules to live by
And the various types (Condensing due to space and time, as well as the top 10)
Chinese Traditional Religion
African traditional and Diasporic
What do video games and religion have in common?
Both are an escape from reality
Both have risk/reward stories which the human race can learn from
Both can provide a livable income
Both require research to know what fits your needs
Both can have endless debates on which area(s) are better and why
Both can help expand your mind
Possible to meet “the one” through the same beliefs/hobby
Both are considered “bad/evil” by non-believers
Both can help through a crisis
Both can provide answers through reading between the lines
Both have places to congregate
Both can cause friends/family to divide based on differences and beliefs
For differences, I’m only going to mention the most important, not nitpick or choose mundane topics.
Religion – Marriage is part of a belief
Video games – Can be used to promote/prevent marriage depending
Religion – Final stage of life
Video games – Can help cope with death in creative ways. Also can help a person through a time of need
Religion – See marriage. Also promotes the idea of friends and family for help and support
Video games – Can be an alternative for those who want limited human contact. While it’s possible for companionship (friends, and/or “the one”), gaming isn’t really looked at as a way for a potential relationship despite claims
Religion – Help through your place of worship, and at times your higher person in charge
Video games – Tournaments, resale market(s), and light gambling
Religion – Some will go as far as sacrificing themselves to prove loyalty. Majority will go to the lengths of trying to recruit for their own beliefs through various means
Video games – Consoles, game genres, and maybe some form of gathering is enough
When someone religious starts the debate of video games being bad, or the work of an evil entity, or some other negative factor, remind them they’re basically one of the same when you think about it. Both will be around from creation till the end of time; both have their loyal followers; both does answer questions within reason; and both are what the majority of all humanity takes part in.
And a bonus for the Atheists – yes atheism is a form of belief, because you believe in something not being there. Wrap your head around that concept for a while.