Gaming and the Heroic Life
A Quest for Holiness in the Virtual World
by Bobby Angel
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Pub Date 03 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 24 Jan 2024
Video games fuel a fundamental human drive for adventure—like the epic quest to slay zombies, a solo voyage to rescue the princess, or setting off with a clan to defeat the final boss.
The desire to be a hero in your journey is something Bobby Angel can relate to. A lifelong gamer, he was the cohost of the God and Gaming series on YouTube and often appears as a guest on Bearded Blevins’s Around the Halo on Twitch. In Gaming and the Heroic Life, Bobby explains that you don’t have to just play the role of hero in a game—you can actually pursue a heroic life by the way you engage the virtual world.
Gaming and the Heroic Life is a map to becoming not only a better gamer but also a better person—one who has a purpose and knows where they fit into the world.
The book contains three levels:
- Level One explores why people love games and what games have to do with God.
- Level Two examines how the Easter eggs of truth, beauty, and goodness in games impact players in much the same way that they impact your relationship with God.
- Level Three demonstrates how gaming can propel players AFK (away from keyboard) to find purpose and meaning in service to others.
Bobby shows where video games intersect with a life of faith in God—how games echo with our call to holiness and how we can respond to that call in both the virtual and real worlds.
A Note From the Publisher
He earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida and St. John Vianney College Seminary and master’s degrees from the St. Vincent DePaul Regional Seminary and the Augustine Institute. He trained at the Theology of the Body Institute. He also worked as a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician.
Angel has spoken at NCYC, the Good News Conference, Life Teen retreats, and diocesan youth conferences. He is a regular on Bearded Blevins’s Around the Halo on Twitch, on the Ascension Presents YouTube channel, and the God and Gaming video series with Fr. Blake Britton. He contributes to the National Catholic Register and served as a fellow of parish life at the Word on Fire Institute.
"Finally we have a gamer and missionary disciple leading the conversation about video games and their impact on the human person.”
From the foreword by Jonathan "Bearded" Blevins
“With the soul of a gamer and a heart for Jesus, Bobby Angel really nails the mission field of gaming that a lot of people simply overlook. This is a perfect guide to being in the culture but not of it. It’s dangerous to go alone—take this book!”
Twitch streamer @MrsRuvi
“Bobby Angel’s insight into the world of video games, young people, and the life of virtue has qualified him in a unique way to offer the wisest counsel for anyone interested in all three.”
Fr. Mike Schmitz
Host of The Bible in a Year podcast
“Gaming and the Heroic Life is a must read for gamers seeking to take their own gaming experience (and life) to a deeper level, and a must read for non-gamers seeking to understand the appeal and fulfillment that comes from gaming. I know it will be a gift to many!”
Catholic speaker and author of Emotional Virtue
“This book is both timely and relevant as we seek to reach the next generation. Gaming and the Heroic Life continues the work of the New Evangelization by branching into a topic not much discussed but very much needed in the Church. As is evidenced by the recent beatification of Blessed Carlos Acutis, video game culture will be a pivotal place of catechesis and encounter in the years to come, and this book will prove a valuable tool to that end.”
Fr. Blake Britton
Cohost of the God and Gaming podcast