What is the Mary of Games?
I was talking with another faculty member recently about games and their history. We came upon the topic of the infamous Atari cartridge dump in New Mexico, and began riffing on what scholars in the future might think about the contents of the landfill.
This made me think of an astounding fact about Italian Renaissance art– somewhere around 90% of all works of art produced from the mid-14th into the late 15th century included Mary, the mother of Christ. We thought about this for a minute, and tried to figure out what might meet this level of frequency in games. The obvious answer was guns. Guns!
If representations of Mary are used as evidence of the centrality of Christianity in the culture of the Italian Renaissance, what does the preponderance of guns say about our culture, and more specifically, the cultural form of games?
My first thought is this isn’t very good.
– John Sharp