Fallout 3: The Challenge of a Gaming Morality

In the last two generations of gaming systems, the inclusion of a moral system which affects plot and character has become a prominent feature in many games.  The simple version of this gameplay feature offers the player different endings depending on whether or not they were "good" or bad." More complex games (Fable, Mass Effect, Fallout 3) take a more nuanced approach to morality or "karma," assigning the player various good points or bad points depending on how they act in the world: who they … [Read more...]

Podcast #41: Ben and Rich are Chums Again

Click here to listen!This Week: Those of you expecting another fight are out of luck. But you will hear the exciting conclusion to the Ben versus Rich epic! Hint: mud-wrestling. Also, we discuss NBC's Kings, casual video-game Peggle, and the death of print. Also, we list our Top 5 Favorite Pop Culture Sources! (links to those sources, in no particular order so as not to spoil the fun, after the break)Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett sit back and discuss the posts of the previous … [Read more...]

A Parable of Peggle

"But why is something so simple, so addictive? Why have I wasted hours of my life watching a ball bouncing around? These are two questions I will never be able to answer." - Console Monster's Review of Peggle for Xbox Live Arcade"It's a simple concept that plays on our ability to perceive a sense of control where there is none. Sure, you can aim your initial shot, but after about the first or second bounce, you are at the mercy of the game's physics. This magic formula, the fine mix of … [Read more...]

Podcast #38: Ben and Rich Look Forward, Part 3 (Games/Books/Music)

Click here to listen!This Week: After Rich starts off with a delicious gummy worm and most of Ben's cream soda, Ben kicks off a discussion about the games, books and music that CaPC is looking forward to in 2009. Plus, the Top 5 is Back with our Top 5 Things that Lived Up To the Hype!Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett sit back and discuss the posts of the previous week on Christ and Pop Culture, acknowledge and respond to the big issues in popular culture, and give a sneak peak at … [Read more...]

Left 4 Dead and Relearning "Gaming"

Cooperative gaming has been around for a long time, from Gauntlet in the arcade to Double Dragon on the NES. The draw of this style of gameplay is that you can play with a friend (as opposed to taking turns) in a non-competitive way. If you have a friend over who has never played Halo multiplayer, you can always play split screen co-op through the campaign and both have a good time. In addition to "story" or "campaign" co-op, modern multiplayer games usually include a "team" mode which … [Read more...]

Looking Forward: Video Games in 2009

Many Christians remain on the defensive in response to the culture around them, pointing out dangers and condemning anything that makes us uncomfortable. We find warning and condemnation to be a valid position, but not a valid default position. In order to demonstrate an alternative, we thought we’d demonstrate what it’s like to give popular culture the benefit of the doubt. All this week, the writers at Christ and Pop Culture will be playing the role of evangelist for some of the things we’re mo … [Read more...]

Looking Forward: Politics in 2009

Many Christians remain on the defensive in response to the culture around them, pointing out dangers and condemning anything that makes us uncomfortable. We find warning and condemnation to be a valid position, but not a valid default position. In order to demonstrate an alternative, we thought we’d demonstrate what it’s like to give popular culture the benefit of the doubt.All this week, the writers at Christ and Pop Culture will be playing the role of evangelist for some of the things we’re mos … [Read more...]

What was Actually So Great About 2008

In January, I wrote about the culture events I most looked forward to in 2008. Some events turned out to be better than I expected, others much, much worse, and still others never even happened. Now that 2008 is coming to a close, I thought it would be a good time to look at my predictions and see which cultural events actually had an impact this year. TV My prediction: Star Wars the Clone WarsThe last film I saw in theaters this summer was perhaps the worst movie I have even seen (and, Lord … [Read more...]

Podcast #35: Blagojevich's Big Mistake

Click here to listen!This week: Ben shrugs at the latest political scandal while Rich wants to know what it all means, they both lament the latest Christian copy-cat products, and Rich explains with a series of rants his reasoning for abandoning the Wii and embracing the Xbox 360.Posts Discussed in this episode:Sunday School Musical: Why do Christians Do This?Why I Made the SwitchEvery week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett sit back and discuss the posts of the previous week on Christ … [Read more...]

Why I Made the Switch

In my relatively short time writing and recording podcasts for this web site, I've made a few impassioned cases for the benefit of the popular video game console, The Wii. It all started with a podcast called, "Playing Mario to the Glory of God," in which I detail how the Wii has helped to bring my family together (sort of). I insisted that the Wii's focus on real-life community-oriented gaming was its' major strong point for Christians, and that it allowed video games to become less of a vice … [Read more...]


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