Wait, are we religious in here?
I've always thought of gamers as atheist. Probably because I was of the impression that gaming nerds are also to some extent science nerds. Certainly I am. I certainly didn't think there were gamer theologians, at least not any considerable amount, given the quarrels certain Christian/Muslim environments have had with gaming over the years.
What changed this perception of mine was another silly top 5 article, entitled "5 craziest religions in gaming". I thought it would do for a fun 10 second read/scroll and decided to browse through it. And, apart from my initial disappointment that the treasure worshipping penguins of FFXII wasn't mentioned specifically, I looked at the comments section here on N4G. The first comment was, and I quote
"To me all religion is crazy, be it in games or real life."
Which really is what you'd expect to see on any gaming site. And while I don't necessarily fully agree with it myself, I expected it to be one of the more agreed upon statements you can make here on N4G. Boy, was I wrong. There were actually more disagrees than agrees! Only slightly more, I'll give you that, but I was surprised to see the disagrees in double digits for an article that didn't reach too many degrees.
This comment was followed by the typical "overkill" statement, in which the person answering is waaaaaaay more serious than the person who wrote the initial comment. And I quote:
"fact is, only an ignorant would say so. you can't say "All" unless you learned enough about all religions. i'm not saying enough for you from where you're standing but enough to fundamentally understand a religion in order to develop an objective opinion instead of a subjective thinking.
in another word, think outside of the box."
I would usually be kinda rude against this sort of commenting, because it demands everyone to nit-pick their comments, but let's put that aside for now. This got a lot of agrees, because it's so politically correct, and then someone said
"same could be said about the big bang theory its just crazy"
and got FAR more agrees than disagrees. Now, arguably my reply to this comment is just as overkill as the reply to the first comment, and I probably did overreact, but I'm a bit surprised to see other people letting that one slide. Are we not all Neil Degrasse Tyson fans in here? Do we not all have a picture of Michio Kaku on our walls?
Furthermore, there were actually several people in the comments section who took rather radical stances in favour of religion. I'm not going to say I'm against religion per se, but I just didn't expect that to happen on a gaming forum is all.
Now, far be it from me to comment on the intelligence of the N4G community. I don't think that has much to do with this, I've always thought of gaming communities as a diverse bunch of Ron Paul fans, Obama fans, conspiracy theorists, Friedman fans, Hitchens fans, Krugman fans and soforth, but I just never quite expeted many of us to be religious. Maybe the six religious people on N4G commented on that article, maybe they're trolls (in which case I'd say some of them appeared very serious), but I have to ask some questions.
What's your opinion of gaming communities and religion? Are you religious? Are you a creatonist? Are you a science fan? What's your experience of religion in gaming communities?
And for God's sake... let's keep it civil.