The PS3 has long been dubbed the ‘Holy Grail of gaming’ but it hasn’t had much of a spiritual purpose – until now.
A gaming aficionado will be ‘facilitating an interactive video game’ during a Sunday service at Exeter Cathedral, Devon, set to take place on Sunday.
Andy Robertson, a games columnist for the technology website Wired, will lead Sunday prayers by tapping into the divine (and soothing) power of Thatgamecompany’s 2009 PS3 offering Flower.
Worshippers will each take it in turns to play the game during the one-off service, which will come to a halt once the congregation completes the first level.
Following on from Robertson's TedxExeter talk about 'Sustainable Perspectives on Video Games', the news was announced via a post on the official Exeter Cathedral Facebook page, which read: “Andy Robertson will be facilitating an interactive video game throughout our worship where together we will enter a virtual creation and bring our own touch of transformation to it.”
The calming game – designed to stimulate positive emotions in players - requires gamers to dictate the movements of a flower petal by controlling the wind.
“I was inspired to choose Flower for the Cathedral service after experiencing a public performance of it at the GameCity festival in 2009,” writes Robertson.
“There, the game was performed by one person in a old shopping center, but for me it was an undeniably spiritual experience.”