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  1. AF Guy N Paradise

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    Aloha!

    This is yet another game online that is luring many a kid to play. I have only seen it very briefly one time and know very little about it. Does anyone know anything about it from a Christian perspective? Is it in the category of Dungeons and Dragons, Pokemon, etc?

    Also, does anyone know of any good Christian sites that review games such as this and talk about the pros and cons? I know of sites that talk about movies, Pokemon, Harry Potter, etc so surely there is one that would have reviewed Runescape. Mahalo and God Bless.
     
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    Maybe I should have changed the title of this message. No replies may mean nobody knows what runescape even is. Sorry.

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    Sorry I can't help with the site you are looking for,but if there isn't one there should be.Surely someone is monitoring these games and grading them.No i haven't heard of this game.
     
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    Diane-that cartoon looks like Dr. Bob :eek:
     
  6. Marcia

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    Dealing with these kind of questions is part of what my ministry addresses. Runescape includes the strategy of using pells. Below is a page that gives players of this game advice on this:
    Magic tips

    Runes are used in the occult for divination and also for sorcery. It is believed by some who are into real magick (often spelled with a 'k') that carving runes on magickal instruments will empower them.

    I have a big problem with games for kids or teens that uses spells. This desensitizes them to the idea that casting spells is evil. If God clearly forbids casting spells (Deut. 18:10-12 lists forbidden practices including spells), I think it is problematic for kids to play games pretending to do this or where this is part of the strategy.

    When we realize that today Wicca and witchcraft are becoming more and more popular, the chances of kids coming across books that teach spells or meeting kids who actually do spells is very high. These books are sold right and left now, and the internet has introduced even 9 and 10 year olds to witchcraft. If kids have played these kind of games, they will likely be more receptive to the idea of spells.

    I have an article on my site on the game, Magic: The Gathering, which also uses spells (the players are essentially mages). The problems I point out in that article are essentially the same issue and the same Biblical principles apply to any game that uses spells. Here's the link:
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    The fact that this game also has prayers means nothing. If you click on "prayer" on the menu at left, you find out that the prayers are to "gods" and are categorized under Magic.
    In the occult, prayers and magic are seen as the same thing. So this game even has the idea of polytheism in it.

    It seems that a lot of Christians do not realize the incredible evil that lies behind doing things like spells. I have seen people damaged by these things. They come into bondage. Having spells in a game (or story) introduces to kids in games is one way to desensitize them and make them more receptive. Games and entertainment (including fictional books) are the primary way that the occult is getting made more attractive to younger people.
     
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    Having come from a background of D&D and M:TG, I know just how right you are, Marcia. And all this Harry Potter stuff falls right in line as well.

    Take a look at television. There are shows about witches, vampires, angels, you name it. The problem is that once you become numb to the warnings that God sends against this kind of stuff, it becomes part of that which is 'accepted'.

    My wife and I used to love horror movies. The scarier, the bloodier, the better. We were numb to the effect they were having on our minds and souls. When our daughter was born, we moved away from those kinds of things. In time, we became sensitive to what God wants and doesn't want in our lives. Now, even the evening news can be very unsettling, much less a Friday the Thirteenth marathon!

    In Christ,
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  8. JonathanDT

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    Yeah, I know what Runescape is. It's a free online RPG sent in a medieval fantasy world. Compared to something like EverQuest it's rather benign. The graphics are so bad, there's no graphic violence. There's magic, but it's fantasy, not a big deal IMO. The biggest problem with the game is that, like many RPGs, it's addictive. I've never personally played it because I thought it looked awful, but some people I know wasted hours upon hours upon hours on that game.
     
  9. Marcia

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    I used to love horror movies, too. After I became a believer, God gradually sensitized me to things I had become desensitized to.

    Buffy the Vampire was a witty show but the bad part of it wasn't so much Buffy as her close friend, Willow, who became a Wiccan and then a lesbian. The movies, games, TV shows, and books have desensitized our culture to these things. I'm not saying they are the only the factors, but they are a part of it.

    Speaking of Harry Potter, I have 3 articles on the books. One article is on the first book, the 2nd article is on books 2, 3, and 4, and the 3rd article is on the latest book, which was 870 pages! :eek: I also have articles on the 2 movies. Instead of pasting all the links here, just click on the homepage icon above to get to my site and go to the Table of Contents, then scroll down to Articles and Movies if you or anyone else is interested.

    Scholastic, the publisher of Harry Potter in the U.S., has put out a series called T*Witches due to the popularity of Harry Potter (as did 3 other publishers publish books for teens and preteens with occult-type heroes). If you go to the Scholastic site and then click on T*Witches, you'll see they have a page encouraging kids to send in spells for the "Spellbook." They even have given advice on doing spells. It's all done as a fun thing so it seems very innocent. If you look at some of the spells, you can tell that some of them are from kids really into doing spells. Some mention the Goddess. I point this out when I do talks on the occult for adults. Most don't know about this. Here's the link for that page about the spellbook:
    Spell Tips
     
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    Anything to make a buck...even selling the souls of our children to the devil.

    Yes, Jonathon, RPG's are addictive. And they all lead somewhere you don't want to go. Been there, done that, and have the scars to prove it...

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     

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