Journey’s Parallels to the Mormon Temple Ceremony

"You have probably played Journey, or at least read about it. Its atmosphere is hard to pin down, and a few people have compared running across sand dunes and floating among ruins as a religious experience. I agree with them, and I think there are specific aspects of the game that give it a religious, ritualistic feel.

How could a video game be a religious ritual? First, let’s look at religious rituals themselves to get a feel for how they could be like a video game. Most people are familiar with Christian rituals such as communion or baptism. A longer, more comparable religious ritual would be the Mormon temple ceremony."

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