Well, unless you have been living under a virtual log, you have heard of the "World of Warcraft (commonly known as WoW) - a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG)" as well as the phenomenon known as Second Life (abbreviated as SL), an Internet-based virtual world.
As I have observed the emergence of these massive virtual worlds, I am increasingly struck by the fact that these "games" are becoming, or have become, substitutions. Substitutions for genuine human interaction in the form of "fantasy". Substitutions for dealing with reality in a way that removes true societal regulation. Substitutions that, for many, have taken the place of religion.
I will admit to a certain allure to join into these worlds, but the nature of WOW, with its dark nature and D&D origins and SL with its own problems, make me step back and consider these "worlds" from a Christian Skeptic perspective.
At best, these "worlds" distract from our purpose of glorifying God and enjoying Him forever by removing us from interacting with and stewardship over His Creation and proclaiming His gospel. At worst they pull folk into a pit of dark magic and moral relativity that mirrors the pits of Hell themselves in that they sever the connection between God in Christ and Man.
It is hard for me to see any redeeming quality to these virtual worlds, although some have tried (see the wiki entries on WOW and SL or google them).
Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
So, what do you think?