Credit: Exeter Cathedral
Put down the hymnal and pass the PlayStation. A British cathedral plans to incorporate a video game into worship services this Sunday.
Developer ThatGameCompany calls the game a "video game version of a poem." In it, players guide a flower petal through environments that swing between the pastoral and the chaotic, and in doing so, cause the onscreen world to change. Sounds a lot more contemplative than Call of Duty.
"Together we will enter a 'virtual creation' and bring our own touch of transformation to it," the centuries-old Anglican cathedral says on its Facebook page.
Andy Robertson --who produces the Family Gamer TV show and runs the Family Gamer Awards -- will facilitate the interactive gameplay while music from the game forms the background for other elements of the evening service.
"I was inspired to choose Flower for the Cathedral service after experiencing a public performance of it at the GameCity festival in 2009," Robertson explains in Wired post. "There, the game was performed by one person in a old shopping center, but for me it was an undeniably spiritual experience. "I'm really looking forward to discovering how the experience fits, contributes to, and changes the Cathedral service."
As, we're guessing, are all the game-console-worshipping youngsters planning to attend.
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