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Religion and Games? - Issue #2

Night Blade
Night Blade
Can religion and games really coexist peacefully?

Religion and games. Do they go together, or not?
On the one hand, invented religions are a staple of many fantasy/adventure games; powerful “gods” occupy a role in the backstory, or actively impact the world. On the other hand, people tell me that putting a hijab or an ayah in a game breaks immersion and disengages players from the game world.
Truthfully, I think it can work, although it wouldn’t appeal to everyone.
Screenshot of Oneons: little triangular aliens believe in Allah, which fuels their psionic powers
Screenshot of Oneons: little triangular aliens believe in Allah, which fuels their psionic powers
I grew up playing JRPGs on my SNES/PS1. I would really love to see a rich, unique, immersive fantasy world with dragons, magic, floating islands, time travel, and Islam, all seamlessly integrated; or a classic Final-Fantasy-esque RPG where Muslims save the world, because it’s the right thing to do as Muslims. (I created planned for both those games.)
Until I can create those (they require a ton of work), I’m busy crafting and shipping out smaller games. It’s hard to go beyond superficially making games with Muslim protagonists/characters. Although our motivations are different, we often act the same way as non-Muslims.
If you have any thoughts on what kind of things you would like to see in games in terms of Islam and Muslims, let me know, I would love to hear your opinions on this.
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