From a reader:
I have a question. I have a son who is into World of Warcraft. I am not peaceful with this game and asked him to pray about the occult possibilities of the game. Can you advise about this, please?
With all things having to do with children, especially young kids, parents should be directly involved and know what they are doing.
I don’t know much about World of Warcraft other than what I have seen, and briefly, at the home of a friend.
I think I would be less worried about the problems that you might imagine from "occult" references as I would to the addictive power of these role playing games and the potential harm it might do to motivation.
All these things need to be used in good measure.
These games have a powerful ability to capture you and, before you know it, a great deal of time has been lost to you which might have been spent also on other things.
My own experience with other games is that they can exercise a strong draw on your time and mind. I use one of those console games solely during the time when I exercise, such as the time I spend on an exercise bike. I alternate with audio books, too. They really help the time pass quickly. They are so engaging, as a matter of fact, amazing in their technology, that I can stay on that bike or whatever machine for far longer than I would have otherwise if stuck in silence or with music or with TV. In itself, that is an indication of the powerful influence they can have on you.
So, again, I think I would be more concerned about the power of these games to form habits or addictions.
There might be an additional question: Whether children should be give such compelling and realistic ways to be nearly godlike in the ambit of the game.
I am no expert on this topic, but those are my few personal observations.
At the end, however, I should also add – and WOW aficionados will get this – that a character in a novel outline I have put together is Leeroy Card. Jenkins!