What do Fallout, World of Warcraft, The Last of Us, Need for Speed, and the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean have in common?
Well, aside from all being video games, virtually nothing. Nothing, that is, except rather obscure connections to Latter-day Saint culture.
Disclaimer: This article is in no way endorsing the following video games.
After publishing a story about a LEGO version of a famous Joseph Smith painting in the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean game, readers began leaving comments left and right about other Latter-day Saint connections to video games that were rather unexpected. Don't believe me? See for yourself:
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Need for Speed, The Run
It's called "The Run" for a reason. In an illicit, cross-country race from San Francisco to New York City, gamers are encouraged to break laws, evade lethal cops, and do everything necessary to reach the final destination.
With the breakneck pace of the game, it doesn't seem like the time or place to take a leisurely tour of Temple Square.
However, the game includes beautiful and incredibly detailed replicas of the Salt Lake Temple, Tabernacle, Assembly Hall, and Joseph Smith Memorial Building that provide a contrasting calm to the game's frenzied pace.
You can even see "Holiness to the Lord, The House of the Lord” etched on the temple if you look closely enough: