The recently released video game on the Playstation platform, "The Last of Us Part 2," is receiving rave reviews, but contains the stuff of nightmares.
Not only is the content focused on horrible material, but this is an immersive game. Think of it as playing a game as if you are a character in a horror movie. The danger with these games is that they are designed to engage the player emotionally and intensely to provide a visceral experience. Visceral experiences like these impact a person emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.
A preview article on Forbes gives some highlights that should inspire parental caution:
It is a game about violence and the impact it leaves on people, and it is meant to be difficult to play not just in the practical sense but in the emotional sense.
That violence is also represented visually, as you might guess. Nearly all reviews discuss this violence: central to the experience and themes of the game, but, for some, unbearable. It’s neither a game for the faint of heart nor the faint of stomach. Don’t play this around kids, and don’t play it around anyone that’s not on board for the general experience.
Part 2 is peppered with brutal, tragic, and poignant moments that hit harder because you take part in them, like it or not. Even if I disagreed with an action, I didn’t have a choice in the matter. I was asked to execute those actions or watch them happen without a chance to intercede, and to understand the reasoning behind them from their perspective. This dance between interactivity and an unalterable story made for a much more affecting experience than if I’d watched it all unfold in a movie.
- Keep away from the game. Although it is only released on the Playstation 4 platform right now, it will likely be made available on PC, mobile, Xbox, and Nintendo.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
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