On Religious Videogames and “El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron”

El Shaddai

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, while far from 2011's most popular game, was one of last year's most important games. I say this because it was one of the first games that took seriously the idea of a holy God (a God who is all-powerful and all-knowing). Consequently, I was encouraged to see our very own Richard Clark starting a series of articles on the game.In the first of four articles, Richard begins by discussing the lack of spiritual games from Western developers: Religious … [Read more...]

Dads: The New Video Game Heroes

Lee Everett

Up until now, heroes in video games have largely been gruff, hardened, muscle-bound dudes whose lack of personality is made up for by their ability to carry an unreal amount of weapons. However, a recent Wired piece titled "Dawn of the Dad: Fathers Are the New Videogame Superhero" notes that a number of recent games -- Lost Planet 3, The Walking Dead, The Last of Us -- feature a new kind of hero: fathers (or father-like figures). Author Andrew Groen writes: That these games are arriving p … [Read more...]

Blurring the Lines Between Video Games and Reality May Not Always Be a Bad Thing

Roc Wieler

In recent years, there has been considerable discussion regarding the deleterious effects of video games. Studies have linking them to various negatives, including increased levels of hostility and aggression, poor sleep and obesity, and even reckless driving. And that's not even taking into consideration claims by folks like Mark Driscoll that video games are bad from a spiritual perspective. Indeed, it often feels like there's this tacit understanding, even among gamers, that playing video gam … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Drone Warfare and the “Playstation” Killing Mentality

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.This week has been the best of weeks and the worst of weeks for America and its drone warfare. It counts among its successes the killing of two suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, one of whom was a high-profile operative. However, the American military also accepted responsibility for a botched attack resulting in the death of six civilians.Salon’s G … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Lucidity, Grief, and My Daughter

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.The day I found out that I was going to be having a girl was also the day I first played Lucasart’s puzzle game, Lucidity.  Lucidity centers on a young girl named Sofi and her close relationship with her grandmother and the latter’s subse … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: James Blake, Toro Y Moi, Gamble House, Architecture in Helsinki

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead and Drew Dixon of signs of common grace in the music world.  We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention.  Each week we will share a video or two highlighting music that we find particularly engaging and meaningful.Jason:James BlakeJames Blake's self-titled debut album has been receiving numerous accolades from all over the InterTubes -- w … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Metro 2033 and The Preservation of Art

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.Metro 2033 didn't impress everyone, but it provided one of the most memorable game worlds I have ever experienced.  The game is based on a book set in postapocalyptic Moscow and nuclear fallout has forced a very small group of … [Read more...]

A Defense of "Meaningless Fun"

Trying to explain the value of video games to my wife is a losing proposition. After all, nothing physical is gained. Your status in the world  is not improved (well, at least in most circles!). You are not healthier, and you have likely not used Halo to spread the gospel to the nations. Aside from the value of shared experience, which can be gained in many other contexts as well, it is a basically meaningless activity.What is worse is that this same reasoning can be extended to many other a … [Read more...]

Second Life Adultery

This is when you know that you need to have your computer taken away. I don't even have the heart to write about why this is something Christians need to avoid. … [Read more...]

Eight promising games for '08

Eight promising games for '08 … [Read more...]


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