All you gamers out there probably recognize that there is a spectrum of storytelling in games. On one end, you have tightly curated tales where the game is like a Disneyland Ride – you are along for the journey with a little bit of swivel control on your teacup. On the other end, you have…
Since 2008 Soma Games has been showing the world something different.
We started showing what hope and beauty could look like in a video game. We started telling the ‘right kinds’ of stories. Not by wagging our fingers and preaching what games OUGHT to be (…or ought not to be), but by demonstrating what they COULD be. We presume intelligence. We reward adventure. Our motto is from the Psalms, “…fearfully and wonderfully made.”
We’re not making time-wasters. We’re making art. We’re not killing brain cells. We’re shaping minds.
THE SOMA STORY
…in which our hero takes a long journey
This story is told from the perspective of Soma’s founder, Chris Skaggs.
One day in 2005, I was avoiding my web development job and reading the news. At that time, a very non-Christian video game was in the news and was in fact being excoriated by Congress who were planning to slap the game with a big fat fine and give it an AO rating. (FYI: it was Rock Star Games and GTA’s infamous Hot Coffee mod). At that same time, I was reading another, counterpoint article about something called the Christian Game Developers Conference. Now I was/am a gamer but had never even heard of Christian games as a genre and certainly never heard of a whole conference surrounding it, so I kept reading. To my surprise, not only was the conference being held that very weekend, but it was also being held just a thirty-minute drive from my house. Maybe all of that was just coincidence, but as I read that story there was that ‘ring’ in my heart where God told me I should go.
Now that might be the first hee-bee-gee-bee moment in the story depending on who you are and what kind of background you come from. For the record, God did not ‘speak’ to me audibly like Moses or something, but it’s a long topic to try to cover in a few paragraphs. With your permission, please allow for the idea that God communicates with us in some way and we’ll move on down the story.