Who is the Patron Saint of Gamers? UPDATED

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Short answer: there is none. However, searches for variations of that question brought a lot of people to my gaming blog, probably because the sidebar included a picture of St. Balthasar, the Patron Saint of Playing Card Manufacturers.  Since I lecture on Church history and have a sizable collection of hagiographic reference material, I thought [Read More...]

Revisiting Bioshock

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As details about Bioshock Infinite continue to emerge, it seems clear that the game is shaping up to be every bit as challenging and potentially controversial as the original Bioshock. How serious is writer Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games about creating worthy sequel to one of the best, most intelligent, games ever made? Well, here’s [Read More...]

Videogames and the Family

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This is an expanded and updated version of a story that originally appeared in the National Catholic Register. We all want to do right by our children: make them happy, keep them healthy, and raise them to be fine adults formed by the values of our faith. Having a nonstop spigot of toxic mass media [Read More...]

Choosing the Right Game for Your Kids

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A shorter version of this piece appeared originally in the National Catholic Register. Video and computer games are an almost inescapable element of life for any modern child. Even parents who don’t have game machines and carefully control their children’s media exposure will, at some point, have to make some choices about games. Do you [Read More...]

Game Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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The Deus Ex series, along with its cousin, Bioshock, is one of the most profound statements on transhumanism in any medium. The most recent version, Human Revolution, was released last fall, and it’s still well worth a complete playthrough. Here’s a bit of what I wrote in my review for Catholic News Service. Human Revolution” [Read More...]


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