Manhattan Professor claims that WoW “can be a religious experience”
If WoW “can be a religious experience” than who’s God of WoW?
Manhattan Professor and book writer Robert Geraci has come out with the idea that the MMO title WoW “can be a religious experience”. On the Manhattan College Q&A section when talking about WoW Geraci says that: ” These communities matter to the players; the online friends are really important to them even if they never meet them in a physical, conventional reality. The questions of right and wrong appear throughout the game, engaging good and evil, of course, but also environmentalism, consumerism and other moral concerns. There are these little ways that World of Warcraft provides a kind of religious experience but also this really big question of how one becomes more than oneself, which ties into a wider religious phenomenon of transhumanism.” Besides talking about WoW, Geraci also brought up what he noticed in the MMO game Second Life. In his research he found that a lot of players has set up religious communities. Players were making churches, temples and a meditation garden. One group that he mentioned had “established a community based around C.S. Lewis’Chronicles of Narnia, exploring the Christian themes in Narnia and connecting them to contemporary theological ideas.” If your interested in checking out these ideas than you can get a copy of his latest book Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life on Amazon or Kindle.