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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…

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!…

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…

Gaming Addiction: Practice Makes…

Practice doesn’t make perfect: Practice makes permanent.  In gaming this means our gaming habits become ingrained in us. They become part of who we are, how we think, what we do. In science this is partly explained by neural plasticity; basically your brain works hard to specialize in whatever you make it do the most. Want to be great at running? Run well, and a lot! Want to be great at piano? Practice well, and a lot! Want to be great at gaming? You get the idea. It’s important to note: Practicing something a lot doesn’t mean you’ll be good at it! You…

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…

The Lie of Variety

Being a nerd I’m going to give myself license to make the occasional Star Trek reference. There is a Next Generation episode titled “The Game” (ep. 106) where the crew of the Enterprise is introduced to a game that creates a euphoric sense of ecstasy for players when they complete a level. It doesn’t take long until the entire crew is addicted to this game, leaving all of their other responsibilities to wait while they get just one more level, one more hit. Much like any other addict, the crew falls dangerously close to disaster before being saved by those…

Why is gaming addiction a thing?

Just ask any gamer and they’ll be able to tell you: Video games are awesome. As one of my students put it recently: “I can do way cooler stuff in a video game”. I guess he’s got a point. Only in video games can I create a home, life, city, world of my choice without leaving my chair. I can take part in an epic journey, save an entire universe and get away with dangers, risks and choices I’d never live down, or through, in real life. Yet saying gamers play video games because of “cooler stuff” is a little…

Is My Child Addicted To Video Games? (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this topic I included a brief self-check for reflecting on whether your gamer has healthy gaming habits or not. Did you have little flash-backs of times when these traits or behaviors have surfaced in the recent past? These traits are all part of unhealthy gaming behavior and should be monitored and healthy habits encouraged and supported by you, the parents. Remember, you are the parent and you have every right to set expectations and uphold them when your child’s growth, health and future are in sway. Continue to make those decisions out of love and be…

Is My Child Addicted To Video Games?

This is a huge question that I’m going to answer as briefly as I can while still doing justice to the massive breadth of this topic. I’ve done my research, I’ve experienced gaming addiction myself, and I’ve seen its destructive power in my own life and the lives of others who have struggled with it. Yet simply telling you that it is out there isn’t my primary goal. I want you to walk away with tools to know what you’re looking for with unhealthy gaming, and resources that will help you and your gamer move forward to healthier gaming and…

How to Spot Addictive Gaming  

Gaming addiction feels like it should be easy to spot. Addicted gamers should have no social skills, be pale like a vampire, be dangerously overweight and never have talked to a girl. Right? We’ve convinced ourselves that only social dropouts can be addicted to video games, and we justify our play, or the play of our loved ones, because they are just too nice to deal with something as taboo as addiction. I mean, they just really like video games, right? There’s nothing wrong with a little gaming, it isn’t really any different than watching a movie. And they aren’t…