Thursday, 12 November 2009
This week's release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 broke video game sales records despite the economic downturn and the typical consumer's lighter wallet. Make no mistake about it: video games are quickly becoming the forefront of digital media.
Which is why it should be no surprise to know that Christians are entering into the video game industry. The games that have been produced until now have been largely reproductions of already successful games, like Guitar Praise, the Christian alternative to Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Yet a division of LifeWay Christian Resources is coming out with a completely new kind of Xbox 360 application unlike any game currently on the market for the console: Bible Navigator X.
Sure, the name implies that one will be soaring Luke Skywalker-style through the famous stories of the Bible, but the application is no game at all; it is actually the entire Bible made available for the very first time on a major gaming console.
“Some people are just more comfortable with a controller in their hands than a book,” says Aaron Linne, executive producer of digital marketing for the B&H Publishing Group subsidiary of LifeWay Christian Resources, in a recent Christian Post article. Linne was inspired to create the application after realizing how often he uses his gaming console.
He goes on to explain that “the Xbox isn’t just secular entertainment anymore. We can use technology that other people developed to study Scriptures through a new medium.”
The application will include the entire Holman Christian Standard Bible as well as useful tools such as bookmarking and searching. It will even be able to display scripture in a presentation mode for youth ministers to use while preaching.
While I don't suspect hardcore gamers looking for combat, action, and suspense will be quick to pick up a copy of Bible Navigator X, I imagine the tool will be useful for those who find it convenient.
“...if we have the opportunity to introduce the Bible to people in a different format in a way that they're used to,” explains Linne, “then why wouldn't we take that opportunity?”
Would you use the Bible on the Xbox 360? What circumstances do you think the application will be useful for?