Video games are surging in popularity. There are over a billion gamers in the world, and the gaming industry is eclipsing the impact of social media, Hollywood, and live sports. It’s the new digital frontier, especially for evangelization. But why are so many young people drawn to video games? What longings do these games fulfill? And how should Christians engage this increasingly important realm? Brandon and Fr. Blake, avid gamers and guides, take you on a tour of this exciting landscape.

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  • I have never liked video games perhaps because of my ineptness and age but more so because I have tried a few mindless ones and also “building” blocks type and I had to stop all f them because of the addiction I personally felt. This worries me for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • So enjoy your podcasts. I learn so much from you both.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uhJGbXQg5Co

    ND Architecture students in Italy for their junior year. Check out the song being sung at 6:20. My daughter, a member of the class, heard me listening to your podcast this morning and shared the video and recalled when the prof asked the student “what were you singing … it was beautiful”. The student replied, “it’s from a video game”.

    Not a gamer, but I could definitely listen to that sound … all day.

  • Great podcast Fr Blake! Glad you are doing well. I noticed you said that we need to go back to making the church beautiful and going back to Gregorian chant and all that. I have started going to the TLM and I believe going back to our roots will bring back a great migration back to church. The true beauty of the mass will bring people back.

  • Fantastic podcast Brandon and Fr. Blake!

    The connections between MMO (Community), RPG (Identity) and FPS (Mission) is yet another great book idea…

    I grew up playing strategy games (Checkers, Chess, Risk, Battleship, Axis & Allies, Stratego, etc.). Today, this turn-based empire building category of games is called 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate).

    Perhaps 4X games meet a need to subdue and have dominion (Genesis 1:28)?

    • Thank you for this wonderful commentary Brandon and Fr. Blake! Not being a gamer myself, but the mother a 19-year old avid gamer, this was very enlightening and helped me to understand what really motivates young men, in particular, to engage in these games, as well as some positive attributes. Thank you so much for the conversation starter you suggested. I took many notes, but do you have a transcription of this podcast? I don’t want to miss any of the rich dialogue and valuable insights! This was a very timely topic, and I’m so grateful to both of you for your podcasts. God bless you!

  • It would be cool if Bishop Barron, or someone with his level of knowledge, had a twitch channel where they could do Q/As (kind of like the Reddit AMA he has done before).

  • Very interesting point about the gnostic aspect of RPG’s, Brandon. I relate to that, as oftentimes video games or things like this can become a sort of “escape” from the real world. Sometimes it’s easy to retreat into this world where I am in control, when in the real world I feel very much out of control. Looking forward to your next episode! Thank you guys so much for this podcast!

  • I’m not a gamer, but I would relate a lot of these things to why I enjoyed fantasy (especially Harry Potter) so much as a child – the yearning for adventure and the yearning to have a purpose in life. To be honest, it’s nice to know that those desires weren’t in vain. But it’s also so beautiful to realize all these years later that the greatest adventure is our life with Christ. I still am captivated by fantasy and I love that good fantasy is an allegory for our battle with sin and evil in our own lives. May God bless you both!

  • I loved every episode but this is the best so far! I was looking forward to it since you announced it, and now I need to listen to it again and take notes. I don’t play video games and I tried (successfully so far) to give meaningful alternatives to my kids (10 and 12 yo), so that they may find community, identity and mission in real life, but it’s getting harder every day. I grew up in Italy where community and socialization are still strong today, in spite of the new technologies, but since I moved to Florida, 5 years ago, I have experienced a strong cultural shock from this point of view. I truly hope our Church will help us in giving this new generation what they actually need to become adults.

  • Dear Brandon,

    Thank you so much for this podcast! I wholeheartedly agree with your and Fr. Blake’s perspective on video games.

    Just one point: it’s not Venerable Carlos Actusi but Venerable Carlos Acutis — I know this because he’s become one of my patron saints since a couple of months ago.

    God bless you both!

    Best,
    Jeremiah

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