Today I want to talk to you a bit about video games. These addictive games have come a long away over the years in terms of technology, especially with content and graphics. I remember when I was a child, I was excited just to be able to play a game of Pong with my brother. Now with the richer, deeper content and higher definition, we’re seeing a lot of things we didn’t see before. Some of this is wonderful, but there’s another end of the spectrum in which things are very wrong. I believe as Christians we need to pay close attention.
Something I’ve noticed is that video game developers are getting riskier and riskier. Recently, several games have been released, including Dragon Age: Inquisition, that push a homosexual agenda. Now I believe God loves people in the LGBT community, but I don’t believe the behavior is appropriate, nor do I want it forced upon me when I’m playing a video game. In fact, I feel that heterosexual relationships in video games should be kept to a minimum. However, I really struggle to find a decent game that doesn’t have a heavy dose of this content.
Now I really want to give a kudos to Microsoft, and their release of Sunset Overdrive for the Xbox One. This game does have inappropriate content, but they did something that surprised me. They put in an option to turn off offensive material. Why aren’t more video game publishers/developers making this option available. Instead, Johnny buys a video game and doesn’t have the option to turn off the blasphemy and other inappropriate content. Sure, he could’ve just avoided buying the game already, and he probably should have, but that’s not a realistic expectation. Instead, without this filter, he’s more likely to play it and have a morally incorrect experience. So way to go Microsoft with the filter and keep it up.
Now instead of going on and on about this topic, because I’m sure you get it; I’m going to give my TBL awards for best and worst games of 2014 and reveal my most anticipated release for 2015.
Best XBOX One Game of 2014 – Sunset Overdrive by Microsoft (Big guns, lots of action, but I’m primarily giving the award for the filtering system. Still, be cautioned, this game does have objectional content. I’m just glad to see these filters being placed on games).
Worst XBOX One Game of 2014 – Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar Games (Brutally murdering prostitutes with weapons and vehicles isn’t cool in my book. Gamers seem to love it, but steer clear)
Best Playstation 4 Game of 2014 – Madden NFL 15 by Electronic Arts (If you’ll love football, you’ll love Madden NFL 15. It’s also much more polished than previous versions of Madden.)
Worst Playstation Game of 2014 – Dragon Age – Inquisition by Bioware (I would really love to give this game a chance, but I have to give it two thumbs down due to the forced agendas in it. Sorry Bioware, you missed the mark with this one.)
Best Wii U Game of 2014 – Mario Kart 8 by Nintendo (One of the most loved Wii U games by fans in 2014.)
Worst Wii U Game of 2014 – Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric by Sega (Fans hated it and the combined critic’s Metascore was 33/100. Sorry Sega, but this one bombed).
Best PC Game of 2014 – Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor by Warner Bros Games (Very intense game with some strategic elements to it. The reaction by gamers for it has been very positive.)
Worst PC Game of 2014 – Rambo by Reef Entertainment (This game disappointed those who dared pay the $40 price tag for it. I didn’t even bother because of all the negative reviews).
Best Indie Game of 2014 – World of Diving by Vertigo Games (It’s a fun little game. You swim around, take pictures, and interact with underwater creatures. Very relaxing. It also has VR support.)
Most Anticipated Game of 2015 – No Man’s Sky by Hello Games (Much anticipated game in which you can travel to billions of different worlds and encounter unusual creatures.)
So this is my little list. Also, allow me to leave you with this. Deut 7:26 warns us about bringing cursed items into our homes. Keep in mind that this can include video games, so be cautious and choose wisely. I admit I do make some mistakes when it comes to this, but by God’s grace and better research I will learn to make even better choices. Thank you for reading and God bless.
What were your favorite and least favorite games of 2014? What games are you looking forward to in 2015?