I am a ghost in the machine. I am, really, and I am not.

Call me Wildstreak/Sweetwater. I was asked to share the story of how online gaming addiction has affected my son, but I realized I can’t share that honestly without causing harm. I can’t offer a happy ending, a nice wrap-up with everyone leading nice, well-adjusted lives. I don’t have a solution to the crisis or a way to repair the damage that online gaming addiction has wreaked in my own family.

What I can offer is a better understanding of online gaming addiction and its spiritual effects on the players. The best way to understand something, I’ve found, is to become it. I have become a gamer, a role-player. I have been working “undercover” for four reasons: First, I want to reach out to the players and minister to them, offering...

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