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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…

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!…

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…

Addiction and Gaming: 13 Signs

Parents, friends, and loved ones often ask great questions: Is my gamer addicted? What does addiction look like? Can I really be addicted to gaming? This list includes thirteen signs that a gamer is struggling with unhealthy gaming behavior. Since practice makes permanent, these signs tell us that they are headed in the wrong direction on their journey to who God has called them to be. It is important to remember that addiction, at its core, makes us captive to behaviors we know aren’t good for us, and we know we can’t stop on our own. Jesus promised that he…

Crash Course FPS: Part 2 – Powerful Narrative

Okay, it’s been a couple weeks, but I’m returning to our conversation about why FPS (First Person Shooters) hold such a place in the gaming community. If this is the first entry you’ve read you can catch up here: The Games Parent’s Fear Crash Course FPS: Part 1 – Epic Heroes Contrary to popular belief, FPS games can have storylines! It seems like they should be more like an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie: Dude with huge muscles Blow up everything Kill everything you see Mind-numbing one-liners In fairness this describes probably half the FPS out there. However, as you saw in the…

Competitive Gaming is Here: MOBA

The world of competitive gaming is coming to the main stage.  Leading the charge are Massive Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs). These competitions feature big-name players, highly-trained players and BIG money prizes. MOBAs focus on fast-paced gameplay, intricate strategy, and expert team work. Team: For the Win You join a team of 3-5 players and go against another team of live players. You compete for victory by advancing your characters skill levels, gaining new abilities and weapons, and destroying your opponent’s base. The base rules are simple enough and the quick play time allows gamers continual practice and improvement. The Big Three Three…