It wasn’t that long ago that the Church of England was all over the video game industry – and Sony, in particular – for depicting a Resistance: Fall of Man combat mission inside a virtual representation of Manchester Cathedral (pic at left).
But the U.K. game biz, it would seem, is trying to woo the CoE, along with other religious and charity leaders. As reported by Yet Another Review Site, lobbying group ELSPA held a Faith & Gaming event this week in London. From YARS:
Mike Royal, national director of the Lighthouse Group, which helps to educate children who have been excluded from school, discussed the use of playing computer and video games to talk about ‘boundaries’ with young people and what behaviour is good and acceptable, not only in gaming but other aspects of life.
He also said that gaming helps to build a dialogue with parents as well as children, especially with regard to the types of games children are playing…
While the panel agreed that computer and video games can have a positive impact, they also explained that games must be utilised in the right way to yield the best results. Parental engagement and encouragement, as well as safe and social gaming, can help children develop and protect them in an increasingly online environment.
A podcast of the event is available from ELSPA.