5 Religions Affecting Video Games + 3 Religious Video Games

Just like the real world, many video games tend to reflect the biggest religious differences between people belonging to different cultures. Although many video gamers often don’t pay too much attention to the religious elements appearing in video games, it seems that video game developers don’t mind including such elements from time to time.

Atheistic, Monotheistic, And Polytheistic Religious

So, we can find video games that feature completely atheistic storytelling as well as video games full of pagan symbols. There’s not a rule or a fixed scheme for developing storytelling with religious elements. It seems that it’s more about the developer’s choice. Just to get a clue about this topic, you may want to check this Japanese site at rpggames which is video game-dedicated and particularly useful to keep updated on the latest video game trends and news.

  1. Along with video games where you can’t find any religious symbol or line of thought, there are also pretty numerous game titles that feature a clearly monotheistic world. Just to mention one, War Hammer 40k offers an interesting mix between monotheism and other religions. If you want another video game title, consider Emperor of Mankind that has a monotheistic structure that resembles medieval Catholicism.
  2. Probably, the most impressive and charming video games are those with polytheistic elements. That’s because they call back to the ancient times of Druids and Celts whose religion was full of magic symbols, weird legends, inexplicable storytelling. Imagine for a while a video game set in the Dragon Age. You get the idea, we’re pretty sure. The Dragon Age is one of those very ancient epochs where people believed in a spectrum of gods and gave each god a specific field of action. So, you could have the god of thunders, the god of waters, the god of trees, and a thousand more. In a nutshell, everyone could wake up in the morning and come up with a new god to add to their community’s pagan pantheon.
  3. Paganism may look like an ensemble of fancy elements. It’s not too hard to imagine that game developers can find in pagan religions a lot of diversification in religious elements to take and use in their video games. Fantasy worlds aren’t actually related to the real world, which offers game developers plenty of space where they can draw useful inspirational ideas for embellishing their video games.
  4. Video games built in historical settings are certainly more connected to the real world as they are made as a reflection on what really happened in a specific epoch. One of the most typical video game of this genre is Crusader Kings II which is mainly packed with monotheistic religions existed in Europe between 8th and 15th centuries.
  5. There’s also one more video game genre that conjugates both science fiction and religion. Such games tend to depict science as a new religion although the message may not be too clearly revealed in any video game of the genre. Science and scientific invention are often given a relevant role in the game story, to the point of becoming decisive for the video gamer to win the game. These video games appear to be a more recent product than the previous video games that we’ve mentioned above as science is often accompanied by technology.

Main Video Game Titles Affected By Religions

Captain Bible in the Dome of Darkness

We’ve already mentioned a few important video games in the previous paragraph according to the kind of religion we were discussing. Here, we want to show you a quick list of main video game titles that look clearly and deeply permeated with religious elements and symbols:

  1. Captain Bible in the Dome of Darkness
    This is a computer game released in 1994. It’s an educational adventure game with a Christian superhero, Captain Bible, who has to fight against a cybernetic enemy.
  2. Spiritual Warfare
    Released in 1990, this computer game feature a Christian protagonist who uses a series of weapons to defeat the army of Satan. It’s an action-adventure game that might recall The Legend of Zelda for its rich imagery of religious elements.
  3. Red Sea Crossing
    It first appeared in 1983, set in one of the most known Bible’s events, when Moses lead Hebrew people out of Egypt and they crossed the Red Sea guided by God. It’s currently valued as one of the best-sellers for the Atari 2600.

If you are interested in diving into the video games that made history, you should also check other titles like Bible Adventures (1991), Defender of the Faith (1992), Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land (1993), and a lot of other computer games from the 90s.

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Saga of Vatnsdal, Iceland

875-1000ce

The Saga begins in Norway with the birth of Ingimund. 

Ingimund fought in the battle of Havsfjord with what would be the first king of all of Norway, King Harald Fairhair.  Contrary to what the Christians have stated, King Harald Fairhair was Asatru and followed the ancient Way. Years after Fairhair had died and the Nation was officially Christian, Harald Fairhair’s remains had been removed from his megalithic tomb and placed in a Christian Church, hence in my opinion retroactively making the first king of Norway a “Christian”, most likely this happened when King Saint Olaf was king of Norway, 1000ce.

The story of Ingimund  is about his most fortunate life, he was of a noble family, and friend of Harald Fairhair and eventually, a founder of a large Settler family of Iceland.

His fortunate survival in the Battle of Havsfjord starts when he meets up with his father, in celebration at a feast on his fathers ancestral estate in northern Norway. Many were invited and among the guests was a Lapp woman, a Seeress. Well, the men and Ingimund prepared a ‘magic’ rite in the old heathen fashion. A High Seat was prepared for the Seeress and she came dressed in fine attire. Many men asked of their future, they all took the news in a different way. The Seeress asked, “why do the young men not ask about their futures?” Ingimund answered, “it is not important to know my future.” She answered, “ I will nevertheless tell you  without being asked. You will settle in a land called Iceland, it is not yet fully settled. There you will become a man of honor and live to a great age. Many of your kinsfolk will be noble figures in that land.” Ingimund did not want to go to Iceland and wanted to stay with his father and keep his ancestral land in Norway.

The Lapp Seeress answered, “what I am saying will come to pass and a sign of this is the amulet is missing from your purse, it now lies in the wood where you will settle, and on this silver amulet the figure of freyr is carved and when you establish your homestead, then my prophesy will be fulfilled”.

The next morning Ingimund searched for the amulet and could not find it.

When the King had won the Battle he gave gifts and Ingimund received friendship of the King and the amulet. Among those that received gifts was Rognvald of More, he became Earl of Orkney.

Ingimund’s father was growing old and ill. Again he travelled to see him. His father, Thorstein said, “now kinsman, It would not seem strange were you to find yourself moving from these ancestral lands and I not allow this to trouble me. The thing which I hold best in my life is that I have not been aggressive towards others, and it is very likely that my life will come o an end in the same peaceful manner because I feel a sickness coming on, now I want to know how my affairs stand. He died shortly afterwards and he was given a fitting burial in the ancient Asatru way.

The King arranged a marriage of Vigdis to Ingimund and the King said, “I cannot deny that the may have a purpose and that Freyr might wish his amulet to rest in the place where he wants his seat of honor to be established.”

Ingimund said, “ he was eager to know whether he could find the amulet after digging was done for his high seat pillars.”

Ingimund sent for three Lapp from the north and said, “ I will give you butter and tin if you undertake an errand for me and search in Iceland for my amulet and report back to me the lay of the land.” They said, “ you must shut us up in a shed together and our names must not be revealed”. They told Ingimund that it was a dangerous journey, and described the land where he would settle.

After a good voyage Ingimund landed in the northwest coast of Iceland with his kinsfolk. They wintered and when spring came they set out to look for a place where the snow melted from the mountains early. On the way Vigdis gave birth to a girl named Thordis and Ingimund named this place Thorisarholt or Thordis’s Wood. They then set off up the valley (Vatnsdal) and found good grass and woods. It was lovely to behold. Ingimund took a large land holding and built a great temple a hundred feet long and when he dug the holes for the high-seat pillars he found the amulet as had been prophesied. He named his farm Hof,(Temple) farm.

Closing thought; when Ingimund left his ancestral land did he cover his sacred site, his Hof, with peat and take his high seat pillars with him to Iceland, could it be the ancient Asatru site that was discovered recently and disrespected and destroyed? Just a thought.

Thorgrun Odden,
Gothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Marissa Marie Evans 2007-2019

Marissa Marie Evans, 12, of Joplin, MO, passed away October 9, 2019. She was born June 11, 2007, in Joplin, MO.
Marissa excelled in art, especially drawing and animation. She had a brilliant and artistic mind. Marissa loved nature, climbing mountains, and going to the beach. She was often quiet and shy but always a sweet and loving girl.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jerry Gordon; great-grandparents, Lewis and Helen Gruver and James and Nancy Gordon; and great-aunt, Patricia Gruver.
Marissa is survived by her parents, Charles and Fawn Evans; siblings, Aidan Gordon, Connor Evans and Sariah Evans; grandparents, Starlette Gordon, Lisa VanHoose and Larry VanHoose, and Don Jr and Kathrine Evans; great-grandmother, Laura Ringler; aunt, Adrian Hatlestad; uncle, Donnie Evans III; great uncle, Rodney Gruver; special friends, Mochi and Galaxy and Bread; and many cousins and other family members that will miss her dearly.
Visitation will be held from 10-12, on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Midwest Cremation and Funeral Services, 2026 W Woodland St, Springfield, MO.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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Day of Remembrance for Meister Guido von List

Born in October of 1848 in Vienna, Guido Karl Anton List was the son of a prosperous middle-class family who traded and work in the Leather goods industry. Raised a Roman Catholic, List found his love of mythology and history early in life, often acknowledging that his belief in the Germanic Gods, and Wotan in particular, developed during these young years. A scholar, painter, and writer, his big ambition was to live his life doing the things he loved. His father, however, pressured him strongly into taking over the family business.

In his spare time, he continued to write and paint. He also took part in several leisure sports clubs, such as rowing and mountaineering. During one of his many trips List purportedly left his group to spend a solitary midsummer atop Geiselberg hillfort. Here, it is said, he reaffirmed his belief in Wotan. Upon the death of his father in 1877 List abandoned his family business in favor of pursuing his writing passion.

Despite being an avid believer of Wotan, he married his second wife in a Protestant ceremony in 1899. This didn’t hamper his writing or his influence, however, and by 1902 when his writings took on a different direction, he was a prolific and well-known voice in the nationalist and volkish movements.

It was in 1902 that von List had his great epiphany. After a cataract surgery left him blind for eleven months, List was left with much time for reflection and meditation. During this time he discovered the Armanen runes. He called this set of runes the Proto-language of the Aryan race. It was through these runes that von Lists occult idea’s and writings evolved.

The popularity of his idea’s exploded amongst the wealthy, middle class of Austria and Germany at the time and the Guido-von-Gesellshaft was born. The von-List society further evolved and on Midsummer of 1911 the inner group called the High Armanist Order was created. While the main group focused on his occult and political ideologies, the inner group was dedicated to the worship of Wotan through his writings and sacred pilgrimages.

With food shortages after the war and old-age creeping up on him, von List’s health deteriorated and in May of 1919 he passed away at the age of 71. His body was cremated and the buried in an urn in the Vienna central cemetery,  Zentralfriedhof.

Among his many novels, plays, and political manuscripts it was his first dedicated occult manuscript, “Das Geheimnis der Runen” or “The Secret of the Runes,” that really sets Guido von List up as a forefather of modern Asatru, influencing many including the Asatru Folk Assembly’s hero Alexander Rud Mills.

So, raise a horn today to remember one of our Hero’s. A staunch volkish man who helped to reawake many of our folk.

Hail to Guido von List!

—Von List, Guido, and Stephen E. Flowers. The Secret of the Runes. Destiny Books, 1988.

Catie Erickson,
Gythia Student
Asatru Folk Assembly

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