I have a question about an online game called runescape. It mixes a church that is supposed to be Catholic with magic and superstition. Is it okay for Catholics to play? Thanks.
Stop playing it right now. Not because it's not okay for Catholics to play, but because it's Lent and that would be an excellent thing to give up.
Should Catholics play it at all? As Catholics we don't believe in magic and superstition, although everyone who is not Catholic thinks we do. Miracles and saints, Transubstantiation, incense, Gregorian chant, monks in robes, candles. It certainly can all seem very Dungeons and Dragonsesque. We are very confusing to the separated brethren, formerly known as the 'lesser faiths'.
The argument is that all of that magic and superstition in the game may confuse you or tempt you to believe some of it. Anything that may tempt you to sin is called a 'near occasion of sin', which means you could slip and sin any second. It's like a banana peel on the sin sidewalk. It's like a Chute in the game "Chutes and Ladders". You could be one yodel away from an avalanche.
One must also be aware, however, that it's okay to yodel. This is the old "Harry Potter" argument all over again. And believe you me, I have had some doozie arguments about Harry.
The game itself is not a sin. It's too bad it is an uneducated game that includes the Catholic Church. Just because something is a crying shame doesn't necessarily make it a sin. Is it one of those interactive things where there are lots of other people playing with whom you communicate? The game might be a good opportunity to set people straight. Start your own blog and call it "Runevangelize".
By the way, when I read your question I asked a few people who play online games what they knew about the game and no one had ever heard of "Run Escape". Someone finally figured out that you must be asking about "Rune Scape".
Run Escape might be a much better name.