Pixelated Prophets: A History and Analysis of Book-of-Mormon-Themed Video Games

Title

Pixelated Prophets: A History and Analysis of Book-of-Mormon-Themed Video Games

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2023

Authors

Draper, Geoffrey M. (Primary), and Curtis, Aaron M. (Primary)

Pagination

303–354

Volume

59

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Bibliographic Citation

Draper, Geoffrey M., and Curtis, Aaron M. "Pixelated Prophets: A History and Analysis of Book-of-Mormon-Themed Video Games", Vol. 59. 2023:303–354.

Abstract

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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