The Learning Games Initiative Research Archive is home to one of the largest public collections of video games. The archive was named by its founders, Dr. Ken McAllister and Dr. Judd Ruggill, because they study games as tools for learning. One of their mottos is "all games teach multiple things in multiple ways". McAllister and Ruggill say video games teach more than puzzle solving skills or complex spatial navigation. They also contain rich narratives that can touch on all aspects of human life such as culture, language, and even faith.
The students of the University of Arizona's Presbyterian Campus Ministries and Reverend Ellen Dawson inquired at the archive about video games related to faith or spirituality. Dawson thought it would be a fun way to engage with her students and look at religious representations in games. She says she looks for opportunities "to find out how culture and faith intersect". Archived video games are meant to be played, as well as preserved, so Reverend Dawson and her students got a chance to have a hands-on experience. The archive is open to anyone with a research inquiry.
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Producer: Heather Wodrich | Videographer: Jon Dineyazhe | Editor: Lauren Bays