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A while back a reader by the name of Travis e-mailed me about how EarthBound had deeply touched him and how it connected with his religious beliefs in a profound way. I asked if he’d want to write about it, since, regardless of your religious background (or lack thereof), it’s a pretty big deal when ANYTHING can move someone on such a deep level. So the fact that a Japanese video game did just that really intrigued me.
I wanted to know more, but without the “this part in the thing I like was just like this part in the holy book I follow” sort of thing, since that’s only scratching the surface and can be applied to anything – I mean, I bet you could also compare stuff in EarthBound to stuff that happens in Harry Potter books, or Terminator films, or the first issue of Batman, you know? So I’ve never been fond of that sort of comparison.
Anyway, I wanted to know more about how EarthBound connected with him, so he wrote up some stuff – enough that it might even turn into an article series – and made a shirt to go along with it called HeavenBound. You can check out the site, article, and shirt here.
Travis also says:
As a child Earthbound showed me the power of friendship and it helped plant a seed in my mind of what could happen with people that were committed to a purpose and to each other. As I grew older I looked back and I saw that this beloved classic has been instrumental to help shape my perspective on life. I feel that this game has even played a major role in my personal relationship with God and my decision to have faith in Him.
Because of this I see Earthbound as “heavenly” and I have designed the “Heavenbound” t-shirt to express that. For me personally it is “heavenly” because it ties into my Christian faith. I recognize that most fans might not share the same beliefs as I do about Christ but regardless of your faith background you might agree that this game has touched you in a way that might feel “heavenly.” If this is true for you then I hope that you wearing this shirt serves as an encouragement and as a reminder of the positive effect Earthbound has had on your life.
More importantly than selling you this shirt my ultimate desire is that we can open up a conversation with each other so that I can hear your story and about how Earthbound has been used to influence it. Please check out my “Heavenbound” t-shirt site to hear my story and please contact me through my same site so I can hear yours.
Usually I shy away from topics like this since I usually see them devolve into petty squabbling. Still, I’d like to hear what other fans have to think – has playing EarthBound helped you in any way? Inspired you? Was it something that led to greater things for you? Or was it just a game you liked and all the other fans seem like crazy people? Share your experiences in the comments!
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