When the downloadable video game Flower was released for the PS3, everyone knew it was different. Some people even refused to call it a “game” – it was more of an interactive art experience. Whatever you want to call it, it was truly unique. Game maker Thatgamecompany has gone on to work on other incredibly unique projects, but Flower remains its most renowned. But even though it gained such attention for being new and different, I’d be willing to bet not many people could have expected it would reach this kind of venue.
The Exeter Cathedral in the United Kingdom has said that during its service on this upcoming Sunday, it will encourage members of its congregation to pass around a PS3 controller as they all work together on a Flower experience. Church official Andy Robertson said he was inspired one day when he saw someone playing the game. He was quoted as saying that it was an “undeniably spiritual experience.”
The game is in fact very calming and peaceful, and putting it in a teamwork environment could be pretty awesome. Robertson wrote, “The plan is that it will be played collaboratively by the congregation while the game’s music will form the background for other elements of the service.” The special service will take place at the Exeter on Sunday at 7:00 PM GMT.