In my last post, a reader commented on Christian board games. It made me think of the first time I saw a Christian “reskin” of a game: Bibleopoly.
Of course, it is like Monopoly but reworked to have a Christian theme. The theme doesn’t add anything to do the game. It doesn’t even present itself as “Christian” aside from the changes in terminology. It is a “reskin,” meaning the designer took the bones of Monopoly and put a different outfit on them.
Is there anything wrong with this? For me, I shout a resounding YES! There aren’t any overt moral implications. As Christians, however, we should hold ourselves to a higher standard. If we want a game with definite Christian themes, that is a great goal. Rather than re-skinning a game, we should make our own.
Being a Christian game designer without designing “Christian” games is another idea. There are only a handful of themes that a Christian should distance themselves from. I know several Christian designers who have excelled at their craft and have designed games with many themes.
There is a broader idea at work here. There are similar questions with music, literature, and art. The Apostle Paul tells us that whatever we do, we should do it for the glory of God. In my view, using any of these creative outlets to create new works glorifies the one who is the first Creator.