What about the curses and hexes involved? Is this demonic warfare and does it desensitize players to true evil in the world?
Neither the skills nor the context of World of Warcraft are demonic in nature or have much to do with witchcraft or sorcery. Calling down fire from heaven or placing a hex on a foe to drain health doesn’t feel like personal control over nature as much as it feels like another strategic puzzle piece to defending yourself while defeating of the foe.
I would liken it to movies such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, The Matrix, or The Chronicles of Narnia. Are there spiritual overtones in these movies? Sure. Will watching them (even multiple times) have a spiritual impact on the viewer? Probably not. Watching Gandalf perform his magic and dramatically shout, “You shall not pass!” makes me tingle with excitement, but it doesn’t make me want to adopt his magical powers for my life.
Does World of Warcraft have spiritual overtones? Sure. Will playing the game have a spiritual impact on the player? Probably not.
That said, children are not able to completely discern fantasy from reality. (Who hasn’t watched Superman as a child and tried flying by jumping off the top bunk?) I would advise that elementary-aged kids not be permitted to play the game, but teenagers and adults, being more developed mentally and emotionally, are capable of making the differentiation.
Posted on January 30, 2007