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The GameFAQs Religion Board meta-topic (or, why are you here?)

#1KNessJMPosted 7/25/2011 12:26:11 AM
Hello all (read this in a Hunter S. Thompson voice to get an idea of my mindset)

This is an interesting little community we have going here, and sometimes I think about it in an objective way. This website hosts massive numbers of message boards, and this one is designated as the place to discussion religion, and all that religion entails. We have a number of Christians of various denominations, a few Muslims and Jews, the atheists and their diverse philosophical and ontological views, and some scattered Buddhist, Pagan, and Taoist beliefs here and there.

There's surely plenty of places online where these same sort of discussions and arguments are being held, yet we flock back to this place. Why? This is a website ostensibly about video games, so I guess we have that in common, but what is this place all about?

I enjoy being a part of this community, even though I can't put my finger on the reason why. There are people that annoy me, topics that annoy me, blah blah blah, but every day I come back and check out what people are talking about. There's something interesting in this board.

I've been on GameFAQs for around 10 years. On my old account, Johnny_Metal, I mostly posted on LUE and music boards, as well as some of the GTA boards. Since the switch to KNessJM (now you know where the JM comes from...) I've mostly frequented the Religion board and the punk rock board, venturing into other interests from time to time.

Over all these years, I've seen so many people come and go, some that I miss, some that I'm glad are gone. I've taken long leaves of absence from the board myself, disappearing for months at a time when life changes. That's just how the internet works. But I keep coming back.

Something draws me here. It's the nature of my personality, I love to discuss religion and philosophy and all of that, and hear new ideas and receive critiques of my ideas and laugh at crazy ideas and compare perspectives and EVERYTHING.

It's just fun.

So, why are you here?
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#2SirThinkALotPosted 7/25/2011 5:19:17 AM
I visit gamefaqs regularly anyway for video game related stuff, and this isnt the only site I discuss religion on....
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#3Icymane_ShadoPosted 7/25/2011 6:14:39 AM
I'm here to challenge and/or help convert non-Christians and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of gum.
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#4DagorhaPosted 7/25/2011 7:40:33 AM
I enjoy talking about philosophy and religion. Part of me hopes that i'll hit an ah ha moment where i can gain some sort of spiritual awakeneing while on the other hand i'm hoping to get a better understanding of things. I'm also here because i frequent GameFAQs in general anyway so i visit this board the most often anyway as a sort of daily routine.
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#5kozlo100Posted 7/25/2011 8:53:13 AM
Generally speaking, I'm here to find out what people believe, and why, including myself. The whys are the really interesting part for me. Other people's whys often help me clarify or test the validity of my own whats, which is valuable to me.

As for why I come to this place specifically, it's the community we have here. We seem to have just the right mix of views, positions, and levels of seriousness to provoke good conversation. For some reason, boards on more religion centered sites can't seem to strike that balance as easily as we do here. I think it even has a fair bit to do with our trolls. Where other sites might simply ban them, they get to stick around here and end up adding to the discussion in nontraditional ways, whether they mean to or not.
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The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication. -- Philip K. Dick
#6KeakealaniPosted 7/25/2011 9:22:19 AM
here because i frequent GameFAQs in general anyway

Yeah, this is me, too... I'm too lazy to find another forum, make another account, and start posting there, when I'm already here anyway to post on my regular-ish boards like Mad Stalker and Musicians&Songwriters (which I just realized both abbreviate to "MS", making it kind of hard to distinguish XD)

We seem to have just the right mix of views, positions, and levels of seriousness to provoke good conversation.

This is another one - because this board isn't denominational, it attracts people of a lot more different viewpoints than, say, a Christian forum or atheist forum would. And because it's a large-ish overall community, it has a good representation of different views. And, conversely, it's not SUCH a huge forum that it's overrun by trolls and fundamentalists who strongarm their way through serious and interesting discussions just to espouse their point of view.

I think I come here because it seems "safe" in a way - it seems like for the most part everyone is respectful and intelligent enough to have good, meaty conversations without feeling either like everything will devolve into a flamewar or I won't hear enough differing points of view to make a decision. I enjoy philosophy, I almost considered being a philosophy major. And in this juncture in my life, I think religion and philosophy are things that will become increasingly important to me, and I want to learn about them. And I know my personal learning style is through discussion, so that's why I sought out a board to discuss stuff!
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#7MrTamborineManPosted 7/25/2011 11:44:40 AM
This board used to be a lot better, IMO.

Anyway, I come here because I enjoy the conversation, (most of the time) and although I do not contribute nearly as much as I used to, I still like to make a short post here and there. I like this board because it is made up of, for the most part, intelligent and respectful people.
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#8the_hedonistPosted 7/25/2011 5:32:46 PM
To be quite honest, I do not play video games nearly the same amount as I used to. It's not that I have lost interest (I often desire to go back to gaming), but that I do not really have the money to keep up with gaming (meaning I still play games from old systems, but I do not own any systems from this gen). The reason I say that is that I originally came to GameFAQs because of gaming. Now the primary reason I frequent the site is this board. I rarely do anything else on this site. I lurk a couple other boards, but even that lurking is rare.

One reason I like this board is that the discussion is oftentimes just about my level. I may have to sift through trolls and topics that have been done to death, but there are a good number of topics I want to discuss and learn from.

Also, the diversity of viewpoints is fun. It's refreshing to hear from so many posters who are not theist, but also who are not your typical Dawkins atheist. The diversity means we can have a lot of interesting interactions. We have non-theists of all types, those who have spiritual inclinations and those who do not. Those who are vehemently anti-religion and those who are not. Etc. We also have interesting diversity among theists. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, etc. And even within something like Christianity, we have Protestants, Catholics, Eastern Orthodox. We have non-denoms and charismatics and Methodists and Baptists and Calvinists and Arminians. Long story short...there's a lot of diversity and it can make for interesting discussions.

In the end, I have actually tried other religion forums once or twice. But I just don't have the same comfort level posting there as I do here. This is a place where I feel comfortable to discuss a favorite topic of mine with people who widely differ from me in regards to that topic. We all share an interest in video games to some extent, but that's where the similarities end, and I enjoy it.

I never came here attempting to evangelize. Sure, if I can convince someone Jesus is God that would be great, but that has not been my intent. I hope for the salvation of every individual, but I ultimately leave that in the hands of God.
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#9LinkFanaticPosted 7/25/2011 6:09:31 PM
For the good discussion and the knowledge. There are a quite a wide diversity of views here, making my time here entirely worthwhile.
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#10Hated_DarknessPosted 7/26/2011 4:04:42 AM
But, really, am I really here? Am I a man dreaming I'm a bowling ball or am I a noodle dreaming I'm a plate of pasta primavera?
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