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The Resource EGods : faith versus fantasy in computer gaming, William Sims Bainbridge

EGods : faith versus fantasy in computer gaming, William Sims Bainbridge

Label
EGods : faith versus fantasy in computer gaming
Title
EGods
Title remainder
faith versus fantasy in computer gaming
Statement of responsibility
William Sims Bainbridge
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"What is the relationship between religion and multi-player online roleplaying games? Are such games simply a secular distraction from traditional religious practices, or do they in fact offer a different route to the sacred? In eGods, a leading scholar in the study of virtual gameworlds takes an in-depth look at the fantasy religions of 41 games and arrives at some surprising conclusions. William Sims Bainbridge investigates all aspects of the gameworlds' religious dimensions: the focus on sacred spaces; the prevalence of magic; the fostering of a tribal morality by both religion and rules programmed into the game; the rise of cults and belief systems within the gameworlds (and how this relates to cults in the real world); the predominance of polytheism; and, of course, how gameworld religions depict death. As avatars are multiple and immortal, death is merely a minor setback in most games. Nevertheless, much of the action in some gameworlds centers on the issue of mortality and the problematic nature of resurrection. Examining EverQuest II, Lord of the Rings Online, Rift, World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and many others, Bainbridge contends that gameworlds offer a new perspective on the human quest, one that combines the arts, simulates many aspects of real life, and provides meaningful narratives about achieving goals by overcoming obstacles. Indeed, Bainbridge suggests that such games take us back to those ancient nights around the fire, when shadows flickered and it was easy to imagine the monsters conjured by the storyteller lurking in the forest. Arguing that gameworlds reintroduce a curvilinear model of early religion, where today as in ancient times faith is inseparable from fantasy, eGods shows how the newest secular technology returns us to the very origins of religion so that we might "arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bainbridge, William Sims
Dewey number
794.81
Index
index present
LC call number
GV1469.17.S63
LC item number
B35 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Internet games
  • Fantasy games
  • Internet games
  • Fantasy games
  • Role playing
Label
EGods : faith versus fantasy in computer gaming, William Sims Bainbridge
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cults
  • Death
  • Quests
  • Gameworlds
  • Disbelief
  • Culture game
  • Deities
  • Souls
  • Priests
  • Shrines
  • Magic
  • Morality
Control code
ocn808006603
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
328 pages
Isbn
9780199935833
Lccn
2012026597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199935833
  • (OCoLC)808006603
Label
EGods : faith versus fantasy in computer gaming, William Sims Bainbridge
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cults
  • Death
  • Quests
  • Gameworlds
  • Disbelief
  • Culture game
  • Deities
  • Souls
  • Priests
  • Shrines
  • Magic
  • Morality
Control code
ocn808006603
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
328 pages
Isbn
9780199935833
Lccn
2012026597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199935833
  • (OCoLC)808006603

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