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Before you game, think about this.

One day, you will be before God. You will wish you were better prepared. You will wish you sinned less. You will wish you had spent more time praying, doing good works, and spending time with your family. You will wish you didn't spend as much time as you did gaming, and you will wish you didn't procrastinate so much infront of your computer.

Then, you will go to heaven or you will go to hell; for eternity.

Now, will you play a game? Or will you do a good deed, pray, and spend time with your family?
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#2
Should we not say the same thing about any and every form of recreation? For whatever reason people seem to take gaming as some sort of evil and yet TV has corrupted more minds and turned them away from God more so than any other modern form of recreation.  At the end of the day when it comes to any recreation, we should do it in moderation and if we don't we need to evaluate how we're spending our free time. Spending too much time on forums, watching YouTube videos, TV, reading articles about nonsense, it goes on and on. We waste lots of time, especially since in today's world where on average people have more free time than ever. 

I don't disagree with the premise, time is a valuable resource, one day we will get to the end of our lives and wish we had spent more time doing good and in prayer. However, I'd certainly rather someone distract themselves with a game than to go do something else that could be sinful. Someone who's playing a video game when they're idle rather than going off and masturbating/watching pornography or chasing after girls to have sex with. Someone who's playing a video game rather than going out and doing drugs, drinking excessively, or a number of other sinful things. Yes, I'd rather have someone play a video game than do that stuff. If a person is playing a video game and neglecting their family, job, prayer life, etc. yes, I agree, it's an issue. However, there are plenty of people who game with moderation, just like any other hobby that someone may have.
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#3
I agree, gaming can be a handy diversion when the devil is especially pressing, but let us not waste our time when we could do better, and can do better.
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(06-14-2018, 01:42 PM)ServusDei Wrote: I agree, gaming can be a handy diversion when the devil is especially pressing, but let us not waste our time when we could do better, and can do better.

Tell me. What exactly makes things like movies "better" than video games? Or for that matter theater or reading. At one point in time reading novels was considered scandalous and dangerous.

Video games are just like any other artform. They are capable of good or ill. They are no more a waste of time than reading a novel.
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#5
Didn't you say on another thread that you do computer graphics or something?
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#6
I did not say that playing video games was any worse than reading, or etc. I was just pointing out that we should do the thing that will help our soul out the best, when we are up to it. When tempted, it is permissible to indulge in distractions, but only until the temptation is over.

Also, I do computer graphics as a ministry to help the souls in purgatory. I accept Masses for the Souls as payment, or $10 cash with which I can offer Mass myself.
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#7
Even monks and nuns set time aside for recreation. It might not be video games, but it's still time to relax. And we aren't Puritans, who reject all forms of fun.

And why are you wasting time on FishEaters instead of doing good deeds, praying, and spending time with your family?
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#8
To correct others misunderstandings.
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(06-14-2018, 04:19 PM)ServusDei Wrote: To correct others misunderstandings.

I'm taking bets on whether he can change anyone's understanding. $10 buy in. Big Grin

(06-14-2018, 12:45 PM)ServusDei Wrote: Now, will you play a game? Or will you do a good deed, pray, and spend time with your family?

It seems both can be done, situationally dependent. Jesus himself attended several wedding feasts, despite the importance of His mission.
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True. I am just calling people to question their actions more often, that they may find more time for holier things.
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