Cassandra, in an example of the beautiful artwork that is one of the more compelling aspects of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Should a Christian Play “Dragon Age: Inquisition”?

If you’re familiar with the Dragon Age franchise (by Bioware), you’ve probably already made the decision to play or not to play these role-playing games.  For some, a game with swearing and sex scenes is simply crossed off the list of playing possibilities, and Inquisition (2014; rated M17+) is no different from its predecessors in that arena (except that the sex scenes are more “human” than ever before, according to fans).  But with a name out of Catholic history, perhaps you’re curious.  I was, and, having been fairly unfamiliar with the franchise (I didn’t know about the sex), decided to check out the newest installment.  Let’s clarify something up front before we move on, though:  viewing the sex scenes is not part of any quest except voluntary “romancing”—a player can romance certain characters, or not—and avoiding romance has little impact on the rest of the game.  Certain characters who make up your party can be pretty much ignored, too, if desired.

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Notes on the Vex and using Light power.  A back page from Destiny's "Arms and Armament" book (given with the limited edition preorder).

Destiny’s Lore: What IS the story, anyway? Shooting Away vs. Nature of Evil Philosophizing

“I don’t have time to explain why I don’t have time to explain.”
The Exo Stranger, unwittingly (or jestingly) explaining Destiny’s lack of in-game story

Destiny (2014), the wildly successful multi-player shooter video game made by Bungie, hints at having a story behind it, but so far it’s pretty much a mystery.  Sure, as you go through the short-lived “story” missions in order to open all the game maps, you hear some people speak,[1] but you are forced to come to the sad conclusion that you’re being kept in the dark as to the meaning behind all the fighting you’re doing.  Read More

Eerily quiet, and beautiful, town view from Tales of the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands: A New Episodic Graphic Adventure Series

“Please stop shooting me.”  Loader Bot

“If you have a pulse and aren’t easily offended, you’ll love it.”
VB|Gamesbeat (96/100 gamescore)

Most Christians may not be all that familiar with the Borderlands series of games, considering that they’re quite violent and gory.  I’m not here to review or warn you away from the regular Borderlands video games, but I can tell you about the first episode of the new interactive story series, Tales from the Borderlands.  This first installment of the five-part series came out on November 25, 2014, with the next episode (“Atlas Mugged”) planned for release during the last week of January 2015.
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An engineer about to be digested (thank goodness!) by a chomper at the golf course in Garden Warfare.

What’s the Best Shooter Ever? Garden Warfare (PvZ)

Ok, so saying that the childish-looking Plants vs Zombies game, Garden Warfare, is the “best shooter ever” might be a bit subjective, but I’m not the only one adult with that line of thinking.  Sprinkled all over the internet are almost apologetic expressions of this same sentiment from experienced gamers–that is, by older teens or adults.  But Game reviewers are less shy in praising Garden Warfare:

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare’s bright colors, cartoon graphics and humorous approach are the antithesis of most . . . shooters.  But don’t be fooled.  It’s as good as any out there – and very likely an awful lot more fun.  (Jaz Rignall at USGamer.net)

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