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True Gamer?

In my running to and fro, I have come to realize that the amount of time I invest in video games on a daily basis, let a long a weekly basis, has diminished quite drastically.  This is due to several changes in my schedule, life, and mindset.  More on this.

Previous to this change, I have unabashedly and unwaveringly referred to myself as a gamer.  Never having attained hardcore status (I never even made it through all of FF8), I still ran the gambit in the different genres (RTS, RPG, Strategy, Action, Adventure, etc) with the exception of sports (if your going to play football, go outside).

Now, with a finality that makes my skin crawl, I am hanging up my controllers for a season.  I am powering down my system.  I am putting the game back into its case.

I am no longer a Gamer.

I have been looking at more blogs recently, as I have the time to, and realize one major factor.  They are all designed with a single topical purpose.  A glance at my blog will tell people I have missed that.  I am all over the place.  A look at my tags will show this as well.  Yet, as I have stated before, and have held to, the purpose of this blog was an introductory one.  I knew nothing about blogging.  Nothing about choosing a cool name other than my initials.  I see some common threads throughout this blog and I have a couple ideas where to take them.  But more on that later as well.

I have been finding that I am becoming more and more hungry for the word of God.  Its interesting.  I used to read a small devotional during breakfast and that was it.  Now I’m listening to sermons by  Matt Chandler in my spare time and reading books by John Piper and J.I. Packer.  I am learning so much about who God is, who we are in God, and what we are to do with that. Yet I found myself forgetting the very things I was learning.  I had even taught on Romans chapter 8 and I still forgot to keep my eyes on Christ and think of things above Colossians 3:1,2.  So I am learning still.  But I am seeing fruit in my life and that excites me.  Praise be to God.

Which brings me to my last point.  Ted Dekker.  I used to love reading his works.  His books were full of action and good plot lines.  He even had an interesting character with my name.  The other day, I checked his newer book out of the library, “Immanuel’s veins” and started to read it.  Around the third page in, I put the book down.  I always knew his writing wasn’t the best.  I always gave him the benefit of the doubt that maybe he would get better.  I was wrong.  He has actually gotten worse.  Now, like I said, I have been reading some hefty books lately so I’m not sure that his writing has become worse or that I see it for the low quality writing it is.

Ight.  Peace

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Mr Alan Wake

     If you are a gamer, think back on the games that you played that still elicit a “Dude, that was the best game ever.”  Games that do that for me are Soul Reaver 2, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Metal Gear Solid trilogy, God of War I and II, Deus Ex, Final Fantasy X (not X two), Devil May Cry, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, and the metaphorical and internal Max Payne.  Of course there are other games but those are a quick run down.

     Recently, I had thought to myself that I have not played a REALLY good game lately.  What is a good game for me?  Dialogue, storyline, gameplay.  Graphics are secondary.  Music can be drowned out.  What really gets me is good writing, a fun time, and amazing characters that one can sympathize with.  There has been a lack of that lately.  Gears of War II was one of the better. The Darkness’ ending was a thrill, the boss fight at the end of the most recent Prince of Persia was amazing.  But as a whole, those games were not REALLY good, as in “Dude, remember that game?”

     Then I met Mr. Alan Wake.  similar to his cousin, Max Payne, Mr Alan Wake swept me off my feet, made his way into my life, and left me wanting more.  If you have not played Alan Wake and are a fan of good storytelling, this is the game for you.  It was moved, in the middle of gameplay, to the top of my list.  And now, for this period of my life, I have that game.  “Dude, remember Alan Wake?”

     Written by the author Sam Lake, the man who wrote for and modeled Max Payne, it has elements I have seen a little before but done in such a way that it is brand new.  Play it.  Do it now.  Stop reading and play it.  That’s all.

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