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Pixelated Prophets: A History and Analysis of Book-of-Mormon-Themed Video Games
|Pixelated Prophets: A History and Analysis of Book-of-Mormon-Themed Video Games
|Year of Publication
|Draper, Geoffrey M., and Aaron M. Curtis
|Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
|Education; Study Helps
Video games represent an innovative medium for entertainment and artistic expression with potential for fostering deeper engagement with religious texts such as the Book of Mormon. Over the past three decades, developers have produced dozens of video games based on the Book of Mormon. This paper provides a comprehensive history of these video games. We examine how these games use different genres, styles, and levels of scriptural fidelity to creative immersive and interactive experiences based on ancient stories and teachings. We also discuss the challenges and opportunities for developing and distributing Book-of-Mormon–themed video games in a competitive and changing market and discuss the future potential of religious-themed video games in fostering unique spiritual experiences.
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