So a friend of mine sent me this link to a BBC story about a Muslim oriented virtual world. Think Habo meets The Sims. I love the idea and the execution of it all, don’t get me wrong but I’ve got one question:
Does this need to be seperate?
I understand the whole idea behind starting a Muslim only community, but to me making such a separation seems strange to me. Adding a prayer mat to The Sims would have much the same effect. If you’re playing any other online game you could create a community for Muslims who play their characters according to Muslim customs.
Now I admit, this could be all my perception, and the whole reason I wrote this was to start some discussion. I was raised Irish Catholic and have tried on various religions over the years. Currently I’m undecided. I just don’t see the big deal about religion and flaunting it or seeing it as a dividing factor.
The creators of Muxlim Pal say that the game is for those interested in Muslim culture, but to me, it seems like an excuse for people to cut themselves out of society and create even more of a mystique around themselves. The developers also mention that Muslims don’t live a life all that different from non-Muslims. If that’s true, then why create a seperate game?
I’m not saying this is bad or anything, please don’t get me wrong. I just question this continuing need for “cultural diversity via separation” that I’m seeing everywhere.