I was wondering if anyone has had their atheism/agnosticism/antitheism/nontheism influence their games or gaming in some way.
An aspect of gaming I have seen and experienced is the chance to take on different outlooks, to explore other ways of thinking, to be someone else. So do you play characters with a atheist/skeptic outlook or did when you were perhaps coming to atheism, or perhaps you tried the opposite and went with a true believer. Have you ever used a game to perhaps try out a way of thinking that later you really adopted?
Also many games I have been in do have gods, magic, and other supernatural aspects. Perhaps you prefer a game that doesn’t have these aspects, or maybe just the opposite, a game that is much more fantasy is more appealing?
Or perhaps does anyone have feelings good or bad on this use of gaming and whether role-playing should be used in this way, or taken as a serious platform for philosophical exploration?
I myself have played characters that have really just been a focused aspect of my own personality. Such as I have a love of nature but that is not the only thing that makes me me, but I used it to create a character where that was a central aspect and much more fully realized. I have also played a character who was a very fundamentalist type of believer and let those thoughts go to see where I went with that frame of mind.
So I am interested in how all this relates together for people.