I'm doing computer science and I've contemplated taking modules in game development and computer graphics.
Initially, I was worried about its permissibility since it is apparently related to the picture-making(tasweer) issue. However, the issue is nicely clarified here in another question.
Is game development/programming prohibited in Islam?
But I'm still having second thoughts regarding the fatwa cited. It seems really weird that all forms of drawing of creatures are not allowed on paper. But whip out an wacom tablet or ipad, and suddenly everything becomes permissible on the "temporary" digital screen.
As far as I know, there are 2 main reasons for the prohibition against drawing creatures,
1) Danger of taking such drawings as objects of worship.
2) Competing against Allah with regards to the act of creation,
Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah says: ‘Who does a greater wrong than one who aspires to creates as I create – a grain of corn, a seed, or a barleycorn?” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (7559)]
With regards to the first point, the argument for the permissibility of digital images goes as follows. Since the digital images are "temporary", the danger in taking such images for worship is negligible. This seems reasonable.
With regards to the second point, this danger still stands even in the digital age right? It's worse with hyper-realistic computer graphics that can create totally new worlds altogether. eg. Avatar movie. The creatures within these worlds are heavily modified, blue skinned people, extremely perfect complexion, strange creatures etc. This brings to mind the prohibitions regarding changing Allah's creations,
Additionally, there are also other harmful effects of games and computer graphics animation; namely, addiction and escaping from reality(akin to drugs).
I understand that this is a new issue. And hence, the ruling for it is derived from existing rulings, as in the fatwa in the previous question.
But, shouldn't the ruling be a bit stricter based on qiyas/analogy?
Considering that its bad effects are similar to,
1) Drugs/alcohol (escaping from reality)
2) Changing creation of Allah in the material world (bigger issue)