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    Gaming meets its maker: Flower used in interactive church service

    Sing hallelujah for Exeter Cathedral. The 700-year-old Devonian church made history recently by holding a service that used PS3 game Flower as an interactive tool. Editor of Game People Andy Robertson (AKA Wired’s GeekDad) facilitated the event, and proved that videogames and church make for a surprisingly effective mix.The strange combination held lots of possibilities for Robertson. “I gave a talk this year on perspectives on videogames, and some of the clergy from Exeter Cathedral were there,” he explains. “Afterwards, we got talking about how they might use a game in their service. Flower is a good fit with the creation theme.”Projected on to the wall above the congregation, churchgoers were encouraged to play. “The sound was fed into the amplification system,” Robertson explains. “The congregation took turns playing the game. I’d expected the use of a videogame in the faith context to feel a little odd and unusual – maybe even a bit forced – but it felt quite natural. The tranquil feel worked beautifully with the theme of the service.”Jenova Chen, creative director at Flower dev ThatGameCompany, tweeted enthusiastically before and after the event. Currently playable at the Smithsonian Art Gallery in Washington, the PSN offering now seems perfectly at home in a church environment, too. Is there nothing it can’t do?Robertson can be found on
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    quick, throw in some titties so they don't use it anymore


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    I don't remember 'And the lord said, thou shalt pwn at PlayStation - and so did they pwn' in the bible...

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    Praise thy lords essence through sixaxis!


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    Praise the game gods! Lord Sixaxistis!!

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    And on the 7th day He rested

    For He needed to get His game on

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    Simple game and very soothing I quite liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keefy View Post
    Simple game and very soothing I quite liked it.
    Definitely agree! I loved the change of pace and the fact that a game could have such a calming effect on me.

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    I think this is great. Maybe we'll see more appreciation for gaming and less demonizing. Flower was a very soothing and peaceful game (at certain points... it gets pretty dark later on). Journey was even better. Hope the pattern continues with their next game.

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