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Episode 002 of A Light Up Ahead is live!

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Episode 002 – Seeing God at Work in Everyday Experience

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This last week I finished an Xbox 360 game, called Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Espionage gaming at its greatest

I loved it for a variety of reasons which I’ll get into later. For now, here’s the setting: Continue Reading…

Video games get the shaft.

Ok, so what began as something intended to be a short reflection on video games has developed into much more. Refer to part 1 and part 2 of this series to see where we’ve begun. Today we tackle a few more criticisms against video games.

5. Video games consume your life. This is a tricky subject. To be upfront, I’ll level with you.

Between the spring of 2004 and the fall of 2009, I played World of Warcraft for 400 hours. Yes, you read that correctly. 400 hours. Let’s break that down a bit. There are 24 hours in a day. I played World of Warcraft for 16.67 days. Think of it this way: over two weeks of my life were spent manipulating a series of 1’s and 0’s…

As I’m sure you are well aware, World of Warcraft is not the only game I’ve played. It’s not even the only game I’ve spent over 100 hours playing.

I tell you this to demonstrate that I definitely understand the criticism that video games can consume your life. They have consumed my life at times. Even still, I don’t believe that this criticism is valid. Here’s my premise: Continue Reading…

Video games get the shaft.

To see where I’m coming from with this assertion, check out part one of the topic here. Stay tuned for parts 3 and 4 coming soon.

Now, on with debunking the criticisms that are lobbied against video games.

4. Video games cause antisocial behavior. There is a perception that the typical video game player spends the majority of their time playing video games alone in a dark room, pouring hours into a personal experience that nobody shares. If the gamer isn’t playing alone, the other perception is that the only interaction shared is immature, obscene, or inflammatory. Although my response to this criticism is anecdotal, I still believe it’s powerful nonetheless. Continue Reading…

 

Video games get the shaft.

Of all the ways one can spend their free time, video games seem to rank the lowest of social acceptance. Think about it.

For the record, this episode of South Park was hilarious.

During football season, it’s common knowledge that many husbands will spend their entire Sunday watching their favorite NFL teams, not to mention that they spent Saturday watching their favorite college teams. March Madness occupies millions’ thoughts and time while they watch their bracket get dismembered.  We all can relate when somebody comes in the office, bleary eyed because they stayed up all night long finishing a gripping novel. Nobody has any qualms about asserting their unavailability on a particular night of the week when their must-see show airs. Even playing board games is considered a great, wholesome family activity.

So why do I feel like an embarrassed 12 year old when it comes out that I spent my Friday night playing video games?

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