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Question:  My friends are currently playing some games called Silkroad and Flyff (Fly for Fun). I tried to find some information regarding these games as Christian or not on your website. I couldn't find any so I wondered if these games are good for my spiritual health. I tried to find some information on Wikipedia, but it wasn't much help either. Please help me decide whether these games are good or just plain bad. Thks for the help.

 Answer:  I looked at some of the websites that featured these games. I didn't find any background myth, but the images suggest that the characters rely on magical forces, which from a Christian perspective, would be considered occult.  Perhaps this chart would be help you see the problems: http://www.crossroad.to/charts/checklist.htm

You may also want to see our page on wearing the Armor of God: http://www.crossroad.to/Victory/Armor.htm

May God guide you in this and other challenges you are sure to face living in this world. I pray that He will fill your mind with insights as well as spiritual strength and wisdom, so that you can share both His love and His warnings with your friends.

Question: What do we let our kids play with today in this world? I am so confused with this issue of what your child can do, see, hear, etc. It gets extremely tiring trying to keep the things away from my son that he should not see. It seems that no matter what............................ there is always something wrong with the latest toys. My son virtually does not play with very many toys anymore. I feel like I take everything away from him. Please tell me, what is left?

Answer: Thank you for asking that question. I hope others will bring some great suggestions. Personally, I believe you can find a lot of toys and family games -- not attached to any television or movie -- that are neutral and allow children to exercise their own imagination. Check sports equipment, traditional board games, etc. Pray that God lead you. He is so faithful to help those who seek His will.  

Here is a suggestion that sounds good, but we cannot personally endorse it since we haven't  had time to buy and check it. I tend to be a bit skeptical of entertainment that replace occult words with Christian words while using the same framework. Christian words can so easily be trivialized and assume new meanings when placed in a non-biblical context.  

Answer from Gil: You might check out the CCG called Redemption: <http://www.redemption.com>. It is the same type of game as the Pokemon card game, and while they both do have a role playing aspect, they are Collectable Card Games (CCG's) to be technically correct (Really, I have not seen any role playing focus of Redemption - just simply the game playing focus and our personal desire to learn more about the Biblical reference on each card). Anyways, Redemption has become pretty popular and has grown into something that begins to rival the popular secular CCG's out there. It has an official tournament structure and claims to be the #1 selling Christian game. Every time I hear mention of the Pokemon phenomenon, I see it as an opportunity to show what's out there on the Christian side. Here is something that gives a face to the Bible stories and gives us a little different perspective. 

It's kind of interesting sometimes to see the arguments regarding CCG's in a different light when I substitute the game Redemption for the game Pokemon. Do these arguments  still hold up? Are there different aspects of the question that are revealed? Sure!

I thought your articles were helpful and I thought you might be interested in something that has been built on a Bilbical foundation and has taken off. If you have any questions, you may contact the game designer at Cactusrob@aol.com


Question: I am wondering if you have any information about NINTENDO/PLAYSTATION/DREAMCAST any of those. My Bible teacher, Mrs. Tucker, would like to know if you have any information on it. A lot of people in my school are into it. Thankx!!!

Answer from Andrew: Nintendo is a very old Japanese company that started off making playing cards (They still do I hear) and then later went on to making Video game consoles, including the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), the Game Boy (A small portable game system), and the Nintendo 64 (N64).

The Sony Playstation is a 32-bit console created by Sony and uses CD-ROMs (Unlike the Nintendo systems, which all use cartridges). There will be a newer system coming out from Sony called the Playstation 2 and it will come out around September 2000.

The Sega Dreamcast is currently the newest console out right now (Its North American release was on September 9, 1999). It has much more powerful hardware than both the Nintendo 64 and the Sony Playstation. Sega, the game company that created it, is in big trouble currently as they are in around $2 billion American dollars of debt and the Dreamcast must succeed in order for them to survive.

If they need any more info, don't hesitate to ask me again. Thanks.

Question from Pat: I am trying to find out some information about the Ouija board and don't have any idea where to start. Can you give me some web sites or information you have compiled yourself? Thanks.

Answer from Berit: Click on Ouija Boards

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