Articles tagged spirituality

Diss-Illusioned! Magic and the Supernatural

A new breed of magicians are self-consciously aware that their toolbox of trickery enables them to wield the potential power to affect beliefs—and thus behavior.

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Machine Gods: Religion in Games

Religion occasionally gets some lip service when games attempt to flesh out a world, but the deeper issues that guide people to their faith -- the quest for meaning in the universe -- is rarely explored in games. Game worlds operate in systems of miracles, but churches, heroes, and gods within them are treated in a purely utilitarian manner.

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Believers Keep on Believin’: Vera Farmiga Envisions a Higher Ground

Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga rips a page from the Ida Lupino playbook and directs herself to a funny, moving performance in one of the year's most surprising -- and unmissable -- debut features. Farmiga and co-star Dagmara Domincyzk talk with PopMatters about the experience...

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Finding ‘Eden’: Can Games be Spiritual Experiences?

Child of Eden's gameplay is very much in the nature of religious ritual, as much as a passion play or holy communion.

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‘John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom’: Insider Perspectives

The better contributions in this edited volume navigate a course between the particular and the universal, granting Coltrane's music the freedom it demands.

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Tribal Spirituality in ‘Populous: The Beginning’

An underappreciated strategy title from 1998, Bullfrog's third Populous game is thick with references to religion and spirituality.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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