HOTScast #2 – Religion in JRPGs

Zach and Brandon play HOTS and talk at the same time! So yeah, feel free to listen in either format!

Topics include Final Fantasy XV, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Tales of, The Game Theorist, Christianity in Japan, Dark Souls, Pharisees, Sadducees, praying in public, Christian movies, suspense vs. horror, and Metal Gear Solid.

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About Zachery Oliver

Zachery Oliver, MTS, is the lead writer for Theology Gaming, a blog focused on the integration of games and theological issues. He can be reached at viewtifulzfo at gmail dot com or on Theology Gaming’s Facebook Page.
  • Aw, I would have loved to be a part of this one….ah well, maybe next time if you need some guests 🙂

    I will be adding this to the Something More column over at Thanks for the discussion, God bless

    • Zachery Oliver

      Well, it just sorta…happened? We really should do a more formal podcast on this subject though, I’d love to revisit it!

      • For realz. Let me know if you do.

  • Kitsune_Ikkin

    The way JRPGs handle religion and the way the history of Japan has influenced such portrayals is such an interesting topic. I’d love to see it explored more, particularly in light of a recent exception to the general rule — the game whose themes you were speculating about in this very episode. 😉

    But, seriously, if you’d like to see what a JRPG that meaningfully reflects Christian values might look like, FFXV isn’t a bad place to start. While it’s definitely big on its road trip theme initially, its protagonist is the divinely-ordained King of Light prophecized to save the world from darkness, his fiancee is the world’s spiritual leader, and the means by which the world must be saved are familiar in about five different ways. It’s not really possible to talk about it in much detail without heavy spoilers, though.