dylanfills I was definitely thinking when I first read the question, “How do you isolate ‘Christian iconography’ from the entire history of Western art?” Christian iconography, philosophy and aesthetics are so deeply seeded into Western culture that those of living in it mostly perceive them as background noise; yet if you trace various culturally prevalent ideas in the West any farther back than at most a century or two, virtually everything comes into contact with Christianity sooner or later. Even with the onset of secularism the last 2-3 centuries, you still have tons of ideas and aesthetics that mimic or reference Christian ones. So you could probably argue for virtually any kind of clearly Western influence in popular culture tying back to Christianity in some abstract way - some more obvious than others, e.g. European medievalism which I’m told is a somewhat popular aesthetic touchstone for video games the world over. What you’re describing with music theory is a great example of that, and I’m sure the same principles could be extended to architecture, literature, philosophy, painting, etc. etc. which are all present in the globally exported cultural gene pool.
gsk Y’know, I’d be really curious to know about games with explicitly Jewish iconography! I can think of SMT (whose use of Jewish iconography, as outlined in the article I linked above, is… kinda borderline-antisemitic, in a weirdly obscure and Japanese way), the Xeno series (whose Gnostic mythologies also kind of align with very arcane forms of religious antisemitism, but in a way similar to Evangelion that much less suggests consistent or conscious intent by the devs), a couple games that throw out random Kabbalic references as window dressing (FF7, Metal Gear Acid 2), and… idk, the South Park games? Seriously, that’s all I got off the top of my head. I can’t even think of any explicitly Jewish video game characters outside of licensed games, The Last of Us 2, a couple WWII shooters with the obligatory Saving Private Ryan Jewish squadmate, background characters in some Rockstar titles, and, uh, the Wolfenstein reboot series where the Super-Nazis have apparently succeeded in Holocausting all but two Jews from planet Earth? lol.