Of Games and God Paperback

A Christian Exploration of Video Games

by Kevin Schut;

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Expert in technology & culture (& keen gamer), Kevin Schut explores the Christian perspective on video games

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Video games are big business, generating billions of dollars annually. The long-held stereotype of the gamer as a solitary teen hunched in front of his computer screen for hours is inconsistent with the current makeup of a diverse and vibrant gaming community. The rise of this cultural phenomenon raises a host of questions: Are some games too violent? Do they hurt or help our learning? Do they encourage escapism? How do games portray gender? Such questions have generated lots of talk, but missing from much of the discussion has been a Christian perspective.

Kevin Schut, a communications expert and an enthusiastic gamer himself, offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian evaluation of video games and video game culture. He expertly engages a variety of issues, encouraging readers to consider both the perils and the promise of this major cultural phenomenon. Readers engaged in contemporary Christian reflection on media, technology, and popular culture will value this work. It will also work well as a supplementary text in media, communication studies, and popular culture courses.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was published by Baker in January 2013 and is our 49300th best seller. The ISBN for Of Games and God is 9781587433252.

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Foreword by Quentin J. Schultze
1. Finding Balance in an Unbalanced Discussion
2. How to Understand a Video Game
3. Making the Immaterial Playable: Games, Religion, and Spirituality
4. Games and the Culture of Destruction: Violence and Ethics in Video Games
5. Escape! The Peril of Addiction and the Promise of Fantasy
6. Real Men, Real Women, Unreal Games
7. The School of Mari The Brain, Education, and Video Games
8. Making a Different World: Christians Building Video Games
9. Plays Well with Others: The Social Side of Gaming
10. Do You Want to Continue Playing?


"With solid research and intellectual curiosity, Kevin Schut dispels myths, debunks stereotypes, and offers an informed, levelheaded, and accessible analysis of a perplexing and contentious subject. Of Games and God is a valuable resource that invites players and skeptics alike into a critical discussion of the dark spots and bright lights of interactive video games." - William D. Romanowski, author of Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies and Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture.

"Kevin Schut's Of Games and God is an engaging introduction to the topic of video games written for Christians, particularly those who have never considered the value of video games or those who wish to defend them as a worthy pastime. Balanced in its perspective, broad in its scope, and written for a general audience, Of Games and God fills a niche that has long been waiting to be filled." - Mark J. P. Wolf, Concordia University Wisconsin; editor of The Medium of the Video Game.

"Outstanding read! If you're a gamer, media junkie, teacher, parent, or student, you need to read this book. Christians and non-Christians alike will find gems of truth throughout the book. Reading it is only the beginning of the conversation!" - Kelly Zmak, Infinite Game Publishing.

"Kevin Schut's Of Games and God provides a balanced, research-driven perspective on the hugely influential video game industry. A must read for anyone with questions on the compatibility of the Christian faith and interactive entertainment." - Joseph M. Tringali, general manager at 5TH Cell, developer for Scribblenauts and Drawn to Life.

"Gaming is a notoriously difficult topic to analyze and the relationship between gamers and churchgoers is typically less than cozy. Nevertheless Kevin Schut explores the problems and promise of today's dominant cultural medium with insight and understanding of both gamer and church cultures. Like it or not, gaming is a powerful vehicle for teaching values and ethics, and churches that ignore how gaming is speaking to their teens and young adults do so at their own peril. But with this great book, every gaming noob can speak l33t and grasp the relevant social trends at the same time." - Chris Skaggs, Soma Games.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaker (January 2013)
Number of Pages206
Thickness228 mm
Height226 mm
Width150 mm
Product Code4071404
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