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1-29-2009 @ 6:39PM
But it doesn't fit the most basic definition of a religion: Nothing is being worshipped.Perhaps the term he was looking for was "community"? Or "culture," more likely. WOW is a culture all on its own; it provides community, interaction, even somewhat of its own language. But the very definition of religion is that there is a deity concept. Perhaps not a god itself, but a reverence and honor for spirits or concepts that is beyond the level people have on a normal human level.While some WOW players might have that for the tier of the month, the rest of us raise our eyebrows and go on seeing it as a game. Not a god. There's no faith structure or moral guidelines in WOW, unless you define the TOS as such, and there's no greater concept involving "hey, what happens to my characters after I type "DELETE" and press "YES"? Do they go to Azeroth in the sky?"It's data. It's a game. And any sane WOW players will think of those who do regard it as a religion as having a few screws loose.
1-29-2009 @ 7:26PM
Well, from a strictly RPing point of view, what is being worshiped is Elune, The Light, The Earth Mother/Ancestors, etc. but then only from one's character's standpoint when one is actually playing that character, and not in all actuality (we hope!). In this essence it can fit the criteria if he's delving into the RP genre, but if not then I don't know what he is basing the subject of Divinity upon.Unless it's the rather ephemeral code itself which doesn't have a physical presence, but is comprised solely of electronic data transference? Hmm...
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