Kevin Schut: Of Games and God – A Christian Exploration of Video Games

Date(s) - September 18, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Trinity Western University (Northwest Auditorium)

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Video games matter. They may seem like trifles, or something that only belongs to a weird subculture. Some argue they only matter because they’re a big business. Others argue they matter because they’re a cultural threat. All of these observations are partly true, but they miss a bigger point: the video game is a unique medium that has potential we are just starting to tap. And just like other media, video games have the potential to hurt us and to bless us. Join Dr. Kevin Schut in his inaugural public lecture as a full professor to talk about his journey as a scholar of video games and video game culture. Through a mix of research, game images, autobiography, and game demonstrations, Dr. Schut will wrestle with the implications of video games for Christians, and explain why he believes, in spite of the many challenges and problems, this is a medium that can be tremendously redemptive.

Bio: Kevin Schut has been a professor in the department of Media + Communication since 2004. His research focuses on video games, and what they tell us about media, culture, and faith. He’s the author of the book Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games, published in 2013. Kevin loves to play LEGO video games with his three daughters, and in his spare time, he likes to play games.

RSVP: Colleen Hansen [email protected]

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