When Games Matter: The Art of Story in The Binding of Isaac

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in.Videogames' interactive nature requires that they tell stories differently than any other medium. Of course given the medium's short history there is no shortage of games that have tried to adopt the storytelling methods of longer standing … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: For the Love of the Grind

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in.If there is any one thing that will motivate me to put down a game never to pick it up again, it is "grinding." For those of you nongamers out there, "grinding" refers to the practice of delaying progression in a game in order to focus on … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Skyrim's Personal Deities

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in.When games take on religion, it is usually from a cultural standpoint. Games like Fallout, Dragon Age or Red Dead Redemption illustrate how religion influences and shapes culture but they don't actually tell us much about any particular god … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: The Most Disappointing Game and the Best Review

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in.In light of our recent podcast on the year in videogames and our upcoming list of top games from 2011, I thought I would hand out a few more awards of my own--ones that will not make the list. Today I want to present to you my most … [Read more...]

The War on Christmas and the Kingdom of Christ

It’s that time of year again—the time when we light advent candles, celebrate our savior’s birth, and complain about how people don’t say “Merry Christmas” anymore. Every year, I hear Christians bemoaning the secularization of our country evidenced in hearing “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas.” This year the "war" even made it into one of Rick Perry's campaign advertisements where the republican candidate claimed that "our children can't openly celebrate Christmas." Since I don't pers … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: When Music Makes a Game

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in.Super Brothers: Sword & Sworcery EP would be a lousy game were it not for its stunning sound track. I mean that as the highest form of flattery. I think too often videogames tend toward stunning visuals at the expense of things like m … [Read more...]

Is Tim Tebow Christianity's MVP?

Tim Tebow prays before every game, writes John 3:16 on his eye black, and manages to mention Jesus in every interview. Tim Tebow’s Christianity is on public display in greater detail than perhaps any other evangelical athlete. His rise to stardom at Denver has been the most talked about story in professional sports this year. And while Tebow has garnered a lot of support from Christians praising him for his faithfulness to Christ in the public square, I am not sure his outward piety teaches us m … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: The Wonderful Lore of Skyrim

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in.Tom Bissel recently wrote an interesting review of sorts of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which he spent the latter half of the article criticizing the game's poorly conceived dialogue and overly abundant lore: Dense expositional lore has no p … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Game Night as Means to Sanctification

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in.Every Monday night my neighbor comes over and eats dinner with me and my wife. Sometimes other friends join us. Recently, every Monday night, we have been playing Dominion, a deck building card game. These matches have become pretty c … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Why I Passed on Modern Warfare 3

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in.Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, claims that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the most financially successful launch of a media product ever--outpacing both books and movies. While I am not sure the comparison to other mediums is … [Read more...]


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