GameChurch.com exists to explore the spiritual, philosophical, and ethical side of videogames. We’re looking for writers who want to help us accomplish that goal.
What do games say, if anything about the world around us? What do games communicate about the human condition? What does this interactive medium reveal about our desires, ideals, and personal commitments? Is it possible for videogames to speak truth to us–to help us understand ourselves and the the world around us better? Does this stunning, engaging, and sometimes infuriatingly juvenile medium have anything of value to offer?
We think it does. We think games can tell powerful stories, teach us empathy for others, change our perspectives, and even change the world.
If you are anything like me, you probably look at the above questions with a healthy dose of skepticism, but if there is anything we are convinced of at GameChurch, it is that we will not get to the bottom of any of these questions if we refuse to engage videogames. We refuse to tackle these questions without considering the limitations of games but we also firmly believe that games have tremendous potential. Thus we seek to be critical, thoughtful, and hopeful about videogames and gaming culture.
We are also looking for writers who are interested in exploring the spiritual and religious messages of games. Writers who will critically evaluate games based on human (humane?) standards rather than genre standards. Writers who see games as products of culture rather than merely consumer products. You won’t find consumer reviews at GameChurch telling you whether or not BioShock Infinite or Tomb Raider are worth your money. What you will find instead are articles that engage those games and explore what, if anything, such games are trying to say. You will find articles about religion in BioShock Infinite, the ethics of designing for addiction, articles about games’ handling of creation, sin, and atonement.
Don’t mistake such articles as evidence that we write for the church crowd. On the contrary, we believe that such philosophical and theological subjects are things that all people think about and we want to help our readers see the intersection of religion, philosophy, spirituality, and videogames.
We aren’t currently able to provide monetary compensation, but many of our writers have gone on to write for Paste, Relevant, Kotaku, and many other excellent outlets.
We are interested in digging a bit deeper. If that is you, we hope you will pitch us an article you would like to write. A pitch is short explanation of what you plan to write about. It should be no more than 3-4 sentences and should state a clear thesis.
Send pitches to email@example.com