Friday, October 20th 2017

Why Halo Reach, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Final Fantasy are a religious experience

SPIRITUAL IQ QUIZ — Religions channel the fears and aspirations of our collective unconscious through archetypal images and stories. That’s why the religious enterprise has been so successful for such a long period of time.

And maybe it’s also why video games are the fastest-growing form of modern entertainment.

If you don’t think video games are also spiritual, you simply haven’t played very many. Video games are rooted in the same myths and archetypes that have shaped us for millennia.

The key difference: video games put the audience in the middle of the action, whether that means blasting armies of alien invaders in Halo Reach or fighting with crooks and your own conscience in Grand Theft Auto IV.

So before you put down the genre, pick up a controller. And click on the radio buttons below to test how much you really know about the spiritual side of video games . . .

The Covenant, a collective of alien races battled in the video game series Halo -- ahem -- were led by the group of spiritual leaders known as?

In the 2004 X-Box title Ninja Gaiden, the hero, Ryu Hayabasa, is slain and brought back to life by what?

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the main character, Niko Bellic, is driven by spiritual pain over what incident in his past?

n 2004’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic the main character eventually discovers a terrible spiritual secret...

In 1993’s The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening the character Marin shares her spiritual dream with Link at the beginning of the story. What is it?

In 2010’s Final Fantasy XIII Cocoon, an artificial sphere that floats above the world of Pulse’s surface, is ruled by what group?

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