I’d like to know what traditional Catholics (of all ages, I’m 33) think about video-games as a form of entertainment in the light of our Catholic faith. Have you had good experiences? Bad ones? If you play them, do they seem to take you away from spending time with God? Are they a form of entertainment that Catholics should avoid or indulge in, and why?
As for my experience with video-games, I’ve found that I spend too much time playing them (while ignoring the other talents God has blessed me with) and not enough time in prayer. I also found that after playing them I couldn’t pray as easily. Practicing the presence of God seemed to be too difficult for me and so I decided to stop playing them completely. Aside from those issues, I found that many of the titles that I owned had a fair bit of verbal blasphemy in them. In fact one time, as I was playing Splinter Cell: Double Agent, one of the characters in the game took the name of our Lord in vain and I immediately felt a sense of deep grieving in my soul which my fiancé pointed out to be the Holy Spirit reacting in me. I’ve since then gotten rid of the game and wrote a complaint letter to its developer Ubisoft demanding that they stop developing games with sacrilegious content.
At any rate, I’d like to end off with a plug for an awesome book I’ve recently bought which is helping me tremendously to rediscover what I’ve lost over time. Its called “Prayer for Beginners” by Professor Peter Kreeft. I **strongly **advise this book to anyone who is having a difficult time understanding prayer, how to pray, or has any questions about it. God Bless you all, and thanks in advance for your replies…