Archives For Video Games

On 11/11/11, a masterpiece was released. There was a problem, though. I was leading our senior high fall retreat.

You can walk to everywhere you see. This game is massive and beautiful.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim was released for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC’s on that Sunday, and I had it pre-ordered. I had been eagerly awaiting Skyrim’s release for months. And yet, I didn’t start playing the game until this last December, over a year after its release.

There are several reasons why I waited thirteen months to play a game that I was thrilled to play. Continue Reading…


Earlier this year, I finally beat Mass Effect 3 on Xbox 360.

The famous Dialogue Wheel that has become a trademark of Bioware.

The famous Dialogue Wheel that has become a trademark of Bioware.

To fully appreciate the significance of this achievement, I have to begin my story in the summer of 2008.

I was living in my seminary apartment, working as a chaplain intern at Holy Redeemer Hospital, and counting down the days until the end of the summer when Sara and I would get married. Continue Reading…

In my last post, I talked about how busy my fall has been. During these past few months, I’ve used my busy schedule as an excuse for why I haven’t written as much as I’d like. But there’s more to the story.

This game is massive

This is what has been making be busy lately.

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The Power of WoW

July 19, 2012 — 3 Comments


I really didn’t want to write this post.

I debated it throughout the evening. But finally, I decided that I just needed to sit down and write it.

So here I sit.

I didn’t want to write this post because I really wanted to play a video game called Mass Effect 3.

I’m already drawn into it

I played the first Mass Effect game in the summer of 2008, Mass Effect 2 in January of 2010, and I just started this one earlier this week. I’ve totally loved every Mass Effect game. You can check out some of the reasons why I love the series in a post I wrote about Mass Effect 2, here.

For the purposes of this post, all you need to know is that the series is uniquely powerful because you make significant choices about the story that carry over through all three games. Because of the choices I’ve made in the game, I care incredibly about each of the characters and what will happen to them. So I’m dying to find free time to play it and see.

This isn’t the only time that I’ve been wowed by a game experience. 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…