Posts Written ByNathan Sutherland

Nintendo Switch: The best and worst of gaming

Nintendo Switch: Review

The Switch represents the best and worst of gaming. The biggest advances for Nintendo are coming this next year as they get ready to release their newest gaming console: The Nintendo Switch. The Switch represents the best and the worst of gaming in a single console. Oh sure, Nintendo recently made news by selling nearly 200,000 units of their throwback entertainment system, The NES Classic, in a single month. Nintendo has long made their standard the family-friendly, graphics-light, casual gamer category. But the Switch is hoping to take that to the next level. The Best and the Worse: Watch this first. To fully…

Ticket to Ride: Board Game Review

Ticket to Ride: A board game for every player

Ticket to Ride: A great game for any age People are always looking for a family activity where they can uplug from the t.v., cell phones, video games, and activities that draw us apart, and do something together. Board games are a great option, and Ticket to Ride is a crowd pleaser that fits well with any number of playing environments. family game night kids playing with friends board game nights with adult friends board game club at a junior high (I’ve done it. It’s awesome.) trying to win Uncle of the Year award with nieces and nephews (done that too) This…

DOOM (2016): Game Review

Doom: Game Review. Is it worth the gore?

What Parents Need to Know about DOOM DOOM (2016) is not meant for kids.  Doom is part first-person shooter, part survival-horror. Their tag-line says a lot: “Fight like hell”. The game premise is simple: You are a space marine stranded on Mars a portal has been opened to hell and you are the only one who can stop it. Players use a range of weapons (pistols, shotguns, rocket launchers, the ever-famous chainsaw) to kill a variety of demons and push the hordes of evil out of this reality. Of course, this can only be done through intense, and incredibly graphic, violence.…

The Gospel and Attack on Titan

Surrounded by Titans We all have giants in our lives. Those big, hulking, hideous creatures of emotional, physical, relational, and psychological pain that grip us, that crush us, that hold us captive against our will. Attack on Titan captures this idea perfectly with their portrayal of the human-eating giants. Humanity has been crushed with just a fraction of their original population still surviving. Those who do survive are forced to live inside massive walls, cut off from much of the joy and splendor this life has to offer, living in constant fear of the worst. And, much like in real life,…

Pokemon Go: The Good, the Bad and the Gospel

PC: Nick Statt, The Verge, http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/10/11898470/pokemon-go-ios-android-niantic-ingress-ar-first-look

Pokemon Go is the latest installment in the two decade long gaming craze. Pokemon Go is not simply an extension, it’s an expansion. From all initial signs this first week of beta testing, it’s closer to an explosion. The Pokemon Go Craze Pokemon came to American in the 1990s and has hung in there as far as a relevant game. The basic premise of the game is to travel the world and capture monsters called Pokemon. In order to capture a pokemon you must first find a wild pokemon, then wear it down using your trained pokemon, then attempt to  capture…

The Gaming Heart

The Gaming Heart I realized several years ago I needed to change the way I gamed. When I was gaming I found that I began to build my life around the next time I could play. I’d adjust my work schedule, maybe turn down a social engagement, or stay up WAY later than I planned. My Measure of Joy I don’t play video games anymore, and for a while I believed that fixed all my problems. I got new hobbies, I spent more time with my fam, I got more sleep. But then I found my heart, the part of me…

God Loves Gamers

God loves gamers. All of them. That's a no strings attached promise.

God loves gamers. Gaming is not something you have to quit to find God. It’s not an ultimatum: IF you love God, THEN you’ll quit gaming. God loves gamers. Loves us enough to set his safety aside and be a sacrifice for us. I’m not talking about the “good” gamers who only play “Christian” games. He’s ALREADY died for every pissed-off, foul-mouthed, angry, lonely, bitter, DOTA 2 playing, internet trolling one of us! (that is my paraphrase. The real version is here: Romans 5:8) As a matter of fact he hardwired into us many of the things we love about…

Video games as drugs and gods

When I’m tired I find that I like to try to escape life’s problems. That’s not very husbandly, or manly, or positive in any way, but it’s true. In my life this is where video games can be a negative. Sometimes it’s just easier to unplug from real life and go on an adventure where none of life’s worries follow me. Video games can be an escape. They can be a way I medicate from life’s problems. I’m just three months into life with two boys in house: Our little two year old Owen was just joined by our new little bundle, Henry!…

God gave parents, not professionals

Parents, God has entrusted your children to you for a reason. Sometimes it’s easy to question our parenting practices. It’s easy to believe that someone else has secret info into the lives of our children. This doubt can sound like: They’re a professional, right? They sure seem confident What I’m doing clearly isn’t working That does sound easier I want to encourage all parents right now: You’re the professional in the field of your child. Want an example? Think back to a time when you were at an event that included children. It could be a play ground, school, dinner out…

Crash Course FPS: Part 3 – Fancy Freakin’ Graphics

graphics in FPS

Gamers play their favorite games for different reasons. This post is the 3rd in a trilogy. In the first two posts on First Person Shooters (FPS) I gave some specific examples for why gamers love FPS: Part 1: We love that we get to be an epic hero. Part 2: We love the incredible storylines And now, Part 3: We love the fancy freakin’ graphics If you’ve watched the videos I included in the previous articles you’ve seen some of the best heroes and plots the FPS genre has to offer. If you haven’t, go back and watch! But to be fair, their…