His talk, "Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library" will draw from both his teaching and research. For the past two years, Dr. Grieve has worked closely with the Libraries' Digital Media Commons and Undergraduate Studies' Digital ACT Studio to develop space and resources for his courses on Digital Religion and Religion on Digital Games. Final group projects in these classes require students to develop a video.
His recent books, Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus and Playing with Religion in Video Games explore this topic extensively. To quote Dr. Grieve:
Shaman, paragon, God-mode: modern video games are heavily coded with religious undertones. From the Shinto-inspired Japanese video game Okami to the internationally popular The Legend of Zelda and Halo, many video games rely on religious themes and symbols to drive the narrative and frame the storyline.
We hope to see you at this dynamic lecture!