Working as a (christian) videogame developer...

Maac

New Member
Hello, it's my first time in this website.
I decided to join here to ask this question, because I'm really worried about it:
Is good for me to work as a videogame developer?
I believe in God, Jesus is my savior and all my life belongs to him, but... What about the other side, my desires as a human? Bible says that many of the things we do aren't bad, and God allows some kind of pleasures as always these actions doesn't lead us to sin.
I think playing videogames is not bad, it's merely for our entertainment, but in my case, it's a passion.
Bible says that the passion is a sin, because it leads to some kind of addiction, and I'm agree with that... But if i love videogames so much, and videogames themselves aren't bad, why can't I develop videogames?

Bible also says that the things you do have to be made to glorify God, therefore, you can glorify God with music, preaching the gospel, make visual arts... And technically, make videogames.
Christian bands glorify God with their music, christian artists makes comics/cartoons/movies about God, and christian writers make books about God as well...
If we assume thay they're following their passion, like C.S. Lewis did with Narnia, and at the same time they did a great job glorifying God... Can I do the same with videogames?

I want to make videogames, this is my passion, but also, I want to glorify God with it, and share his message through this medium. I want to do it because I love videogames in general and also, share God's message to all the teenagers that plays videogames. Videogame industry lacks of christian representation and most the philosophy that videogames include is nothing more than cheap nihilism or positivism, sometimes satanism or subjective morality teaches. Plus, most christian videogames lacks of quality in gameplay.

I really want to know if this is correct, because even if this life is just temporary, I want to enjoy it...
Thanks for reading. If I was wrong with something, let me know, please!
 

The Mighty Gerbil

Tribe of Judah TF 2 Chapter Leader & CGA Admin
Staff member
Well a few things...

1. The need for good CHRISTIAN video games (or movies, TV shows for that matter) is something I've been stressing hard for decades. It is not the form of the media, books, movies, or games, that is sinful it's the content and how you use, overuse, or even don't use it. Missions to nations are well and good but there is a large segment of the population Christians have been missing. One that is increasingly isolated by virtual space. I have seen the character of America changed by what is consumed and voted for by these people and if the Christian base in America is to endure we need an answer, an alternative, a counter to the immorality popular media spreads. These people aren't at a well that you can walk up to anymore. If we are to reach them we must go to them with Christian media that is uncompromising in both morals and quality.

2. While I find welcome agreement with much of your post you asked a Christian video games forum if video games are bad. Any dissenters here are either hypocrites or only here to argue. You may want to ask a more general Christian forum if you want a more balanced opinion.

3. There are two traps for Christian game developers you must watch out for like all Christians do. The first is going with the world. Unless you are an independent game developer I just don't know where you could work without compromising your values. It's the same problem with being an actor or lawyer in that you aren't writing the content, the world is. The second problem is forgetting that games have a purpose. Making a game that is ardently for Christ is useless if no one plays it because it's bad. Also there is a place for well made Noah's ark adventures and stories directly from the Bible but non-Christians just aren't going to play that (unless it's to mock it). There is no reason Christian video games cannot apply Christianity to fictional situations just like real life situations. Like you said C.S. Lewis did it fine. There is a whole scope of untouched worlds from realistic crime dramas to wars in space that could be made simply by asking "what would a Christian do in this situation".

A word of warning there is nothing wrong with enjoying life but pleasing God should always come before pleasing self to forget this will lead to sin. Responsibilities > games.

Finally a bit of advice quality -/= scope. You can make a quality game but don't start out trying to make the next game of the year MMORPG odyssey that will crush EA and Activation. Make realistic plans that one dude, in one lifetime (more so a few years), can do. It's still a lot of work but if you have the vision for a Christian game remember you can do all things through Christ!

A verse for you is...
The Bible 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 said:
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
 
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