A Bloody Torso, Video Game Violence and Responsibility

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People who really love videogames are no strangers to shame. In fact, they've probably dealt with it in some capacity throughout the entirety of their lives, and hide their hobby in the closet. They know what's said about the activity, i.e., it's a childish waste of time. But those who look earnestly to videogames for deeper meaning and artistry sometimes deal with shame on a whole other level. [See bottom of the page for relevant image - just be warned that it is horrific and grotesque and … [Read more...]

Christianity in Civilization V?

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Have you ever wondered what Christianity might look like if it could rise above political maneuvering and military power plays and corruptible influences? One way to explore that is through gaming that allows players to develop their own worlds and test out the weight and impact of decisions and actions across multiple nations and lands. CaPC’s very own Richard Clark writes about this for a ChristianityToday.com article titled “Gods of Power and Might: What Civilization V Gets Right (And … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Penny Plays Halo

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them. If some of my previous posts about watching The Bachelor and my love affair with knitting haven't already clued you in, let's establish right now that I'm a total girl's girl. Like Debbie Stoller of Bust magazine, I'm a devoted post-feminist who passionately believes that "girlie" stuff is equally as valuable as manly stuff and that the feminist revolution will … [Read more...]

Skyrim and the Other Reality

Editor’s Note: This post was written by guest writer Jordan Ekeroth. Jordan lives in sunny San Diego, where he studies Theology and writes about videogames.  You can see his ongoing project at Follow and Engage. If there’s one thing that humans have been proven to be good at, it’s survival. Our history is made up of stories of people enduring even the most adverse conditions. However, that gift bears with it an unfortunate side effect. We are also very good at settling for less. There … [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 … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: The Anatomy of a Boss Fight

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. It's quite popular these days to scoff at the idea of boss battles—some feel that they are an outdated game trope. I recently shared how Deus Ex: Human Revolution's boss fights shattered some of the game's most meaingful moments. After … [Read more...]

Videogames, Bibles, and Beer: An Interview with Game Church

Attend one of the massive videogame trade shows such as E3 or PAX and you are likely to meet Mikee Bridges. When you do, he will likely tell you, "Jesus loves you."  He might even offer you a coupon for a free cup of beer and give you a free Bible. More than 183 million Americans play videogames online for at least an hour a day. While key structures of our nation's economy are in steady decline, the gaming industry continues to grow. These factors—along with a passion for Jesus, videogames, … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Civilians in War Games

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 about who we are and the world we live in. In the next two months, two of the videogame industry's biggest players will release new war games--Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. In light of these games, Michael Thomson has written an excellent article for Slate exploring … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: The Slums of New Vegas

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. To be perfectly honest, I hit a wall with Fallout New Vegas. There was a point when the world just didn't matter that much to me.  It's probably my fault and its probably my interest in other games that played the largest part in my … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: When I Stopped Trying to Save the World

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. I am driving a rusty jeep through an African jungle, I have ventured off the dirt road I had been following because I can see a small militia outpost ahead and I want to avoid them. I have information regarding militia supply route that I … [Read more...]


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