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The Reformed Gamers

For nearly 7 years, The Reformed Gamers has been the show changing people’s opinions about video games and the stories they tell. Join Logan as he brings guests on like Colin Moriarty, Jon Harrison, and more, to discuss both the happenings of the gaming world and the games that captivate many.
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Nov 22, 2021

From all of us here at TRG: Happy Thanksgiving!

We all have this problem of the never-ending backlog. Is that a good thing? Or are we approaching video games differently than we do other things like books and movies? The guys from the Backlog Breakdown Podcast join me this week to discuss!

Check out The Backlog Breakdown on Twitter and listen to their show!

Timestamps:

Housekeeping (7:18)

What We're Playing (8:31)

Topic (26:54)

Patron Thank You's & Recos! (1:16:12)

As always, if you like what we do here at TRG, consider supporting the show over on Patreon to net yourself perks like early, uncut access to every new episode!

You can catch up with TRG by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and join our Discord server for community game nights!

 

Nov 15, 2021

Metroid Dread is better than Super Metroid. It’s a scientifically verified fact with experts and fact checkers.

Or so we hear. Metroid Dread has finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch, reinvigorating the Metroid fanbase. But does it have what it takes to stand in the halls of the great Metroids before it? We argue that it not only does, but it reigns as the best 2D Metroid in the series. Jonathan Steele (of Episode 202) returns to help discuss this amazing GOTY contender.

Time-Stamps

Housekeeping (5:33)

What We Are Playing (6:55)

Topic (25:10)

Spoiler Territory (46:38)

Reco's! (1:27:22)

  • Under Falling Skies (Board Game)
  • Total Party Kill (Mobile Game)
  • Pray for Logan's Adoption
  • Metroid Content on YouTube

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon and get extra perks.

Nov 8, 2021

The fourth installment in the long running Final Fantasy series introduced us to a hero who did a great evil. In 1991, Square released a game that was not only fun but had us asking questions about redemption and just how far someone can go before they cannot be forgiven. Hailed as one of the best Final Fantasy games, and JRPGs of all time, join us as we discuss Final Fantasy IV.

Joining this episode is Aki of AkiAndPeach. Head on over to their channel to check out their latest content and catch them live on Twitch!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AkiandPeach

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/akiandpeach

Housekeeping (6:21)

What We're Playing (7:23)

Topic (31:21)

  • Spoiler Territory begins at 31:21

Reco's! (53:53)

  • Check out the new Dune film
  • Destiny 2 Witch Expansion
  • Support Logan's Adoption by Praying
  • Check out one of the Pixel Remasters of Final Fantasy

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon and get extra perks.

Oct 25, 2021

Terrible - causing or likely to cause terror; sinister.

With Halloween coming up, it's fitting for gamers everywhere to play and revisit some of their favorite scary video games. TRG is doing the same but with a game that may not be on everyone's radar: Metroid Fusion. The Metroid series has always been accustomed to themes of sci-fi, isolation, and even dread. But Metroid Fusion took these themes and cranked the dial up to 11. Friend of the show, Jonathan Steele, joins me on the mic to discuss the 2002 GBA classic, Metroid Fusion.

Housekeeping (8:45)

What Have We Been Playing (10:05)

Topic (26:44)

Patron Thank You's! (1:19:59)

Shoutout to our Patrons who supported TRG in the month of October: AaronElWhite, Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Chris Freeman, Christopher Commander, Darryl Tavares, David Henderson, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Isaac.stultz, Jake Walker, Jeff Jackson Jr., Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe, Joe Morgan,  Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Luke Strain, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matthew Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Paige Pinson, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, Savon Pena, Third Strongest Mole, Travis, Vincent Yu, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Reco's! (1:21:31)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon and get extra perks.

Oct 11, 2021

What if video games could teach you how to be successful in life?

Jon Harrison is a gamer, family man, and man of God. But he is also committed to helping people succeed. But what if we could learn keys to being successful from video games? Join Logan as he sits down with Jon Harrison to discuss his TEDx Talk, his book, Mastering the Game, and a little about his upbringing in a Presbyterian home.

Keep Up w/ Jon Harrison

Housekeeping (4:22)

What Have We Been Playing (5:11)

Jon dives in to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for the first time, alongside Kirby's Adventure on the NES to offset the dark, gritty tones of MGS. Logan boots up the indie Metroidvania, Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights.

Topic (14:44)

Here at TRG, we believe that everything has a worldview, including video games. From these worldviews, we're engaging with truths and teachings but the question is: do they line up with Scripture? Jon takes a similar approach to video games in that they do indeed teach us something. But how can what we learn be used for success in the workplace and life in general? Jon's message is so ingrained into his creativity and personality that he is committed to this through his blog and book, Mastering The Game. This is a fascinating conversation that shows video games have a place in today's society for the greater good. Jon has also had an amazing upbringing and we get into discussing religion and faith.

Reco's! (1:01:46)

  • Sushi Go
  • Dune (Book)
  • Reel Leadership
  • "Mastering The Game" by Jon Harrison

TRG is giving away a copy of Jon's book, Mastering the Game, to the first listener that contacts TRG on Twitter. Simply tag @TRGPodcast with the message, "Help me Master the Game". This giveaway is exclusive to listeners of the podcast in the United States.

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon and get extra perks.

Oct 3, 2021

Words Are Not Hard Anymore

200 episodes. Almost 7 years. TRG has been making content geared around the focus of discussing video games, and things in the video game world, from a Christian perspective. It's been an incredible journey up to this point. Logan, Adam, and Skinner all sit down to discuss the early days of the podcast, how it's changed, and what the future will look like on the podcast. We could not have done this without God, or you, the Deer Community. Thank you for these past 200 episodes.

Housekeeping (2:40)

What Have We Been Playing (11:40)

Skinner descends into Kingdom Hearts 3 to talk highly of it's gameplay and gets giddy. Adam hops on the Backlog Train and works on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Logan despairs over some weird games he bought in his backlog and struggles through Scarlet Nexus.

What Have We Been Reading (26:30)

Adam and Skinner both discuss what they've been reading in the Bible, specifically Exodus and a few other books. Logan gets into Henry Cloud's "Boundaries" as he goes through a season of healing.

Topic (39:04)

Nearly 7 years of podcast episodes that are chock full of memories. The guys discuss how they came across TRG, how it's changed, and the future ahead. They also discuss some of their favorite games they've played over the last several years and crown an early GOTY of 2021.

Patron Thank You's! (1:23:36)

TRG would not be here without our Patrons! Thank you to those who supported TRG in the month of October: AaronElWhite, Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Chris Freeman, Christopher Commander, Darryl Tavares, David Henderson, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Isaac.stultz, Jake Walker, Jeff Jackson Jr., Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe, Joe Morgan,  Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Luke Strain, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matthew Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Paige Pinson, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, Savon Pena, Third Strongest Mole, Travis, Vincent Yu, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Reco's! (1:25:21)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon and get extra perks.

Sep 20, 2021

Death Stranding is arguably Hideo Kojima’s most polarizing game. But it’s one worth persevering through. Death Stranding is a game that is like an onion with some deep, deep layers. In this episode, Matt Millsap and Henry Rigdon join Logan to help peel back those layers to see if Death Stranding stinks or surprisingly smells like a rose.

Housekeeping (5:56)

The Games We've Been Playing (7:53)

  • WarioWare: Get It Together
  • Tales of Arise
  • Metal Wolf Chaos XD

Topic (18:55)

Is Death Stranding designed to put forth a pro-life message? This is something that was noticeably absent from many reviews and reactions when it first came out. There was plenty of talk about how the game is a walking simulator in many a review but is Death Stranding merely a walking simulator? We here at TRG disagree and believe Death Stranding to be so much more.

Patron Thank You's! (1:17:26)

TRG would not be here without our Patrons! Thank you to those who supported TRG in the month of September: AaronElWhite, Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Chris Freeman, Christopher Commander, Darryl Tavares, David Henderson, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Isaac.stultz, Jake Walker, Jeff Jackson Jr., Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe, Joe Morgan,  Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Luke Strain, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matthew Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Paige Pinson, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, Savon Pena, Third Strongest Mole, Travis, Vincent Yu, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Reco's! (1:19:07)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon and get extra perks.

Aug 23, 2021

As school begins to start back up across the country, we brought on Henshin Dad himself, Wesley Rea, commemorating his 5th time on the podcast to discuss how teachers can use different aspects of gaming to enhance the classroom. If you're an educator, new or veteran, you do not want to miss this episode.

What Have We Been Playing (06:15)

Wes brings back the Dark Ages by playing multiple Final Fantasy games. Logan can't seem to stop playing Sekiro and Adam discusses his frustrations and highlights with the the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.

 Topic (17:17)

Gaming has many applications. But did you know that gaming can be used in the classroom? The guys discuss gaming's impact on education through gamification, discuss the different ways it's implemented, as well as it's use as a tool to connect with students.

Housekeeping (53:10)

Reco's! (53:45)

Keep Up with the Henshin Dad

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!

 

Aug 9, 2021

Colin Moriarty has been working in games media for nearly 20 years. Starting as a technical writer for IGN, Colin worked his way up to editor at IGN. Later, he would leave IGN for Kinda Funny and ultimately starting Last Stand Media, Colin has offered valuable insight into the world of gaming for years. In this episode, Colin shares about how reviewing games works, why Super Mario Sunshine is better than Super Mario 64, the hurdles conservatives face within games media, and more. Colin also shares about how his perspective on God has changed since Fireside Chats, where he released a series of episodes interviewing pastors, mormons, and Christians alike.

If you have not done so already, you can check out Last Stand Media: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt9BGe6i2lJepl-B_zwX6VA

Keep up with Colin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/notaxation

Timestamps

Housekeeping (5:14)

What Have You Been Playing (10:34)

  • Colin gets into Scarlet Nexus' high quality gameplay but agonizing anime tropes after discussing the latest Metroidvania, Elder Lilies. Trigger Witch also gets a fair amount of love in it's unique "Legend of Zelda with guns" style gameplay.

Discussion (21:23)

  • We wasted no time getting into the discussion for this episode. Colin spends time discussing how reviews work for video games, as well as his stance on numbered ratings on reviews. We spend some time discussing the shift in culture of games media and ask if a conservative voice can even make it. From there, I ask Colin about his perspective on God, and if it's changed since his series of episodes of Fireside Chats focusing on religion. We round out the discussion with questions submitted in by our Patreon supporters.

Thank You, Patrons (1:14:07)

  • These are the Patreon supporters who helped us continue to creat content for the month of August: AaronElWhite, Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Chris Freeman, Christopher Commander, Darryl Tavares, David Henderson, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Isaac.stultz, Jake Walker, Jeff Jackson Jr., Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe,  Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Luke Strain, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matt Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Paige Pinson, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Savon Pena, Third Strongest Mole, Travis, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Reco's! (1:15:10)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!

Aug 2, 2021

With Metroid Dread coming this Fall, it’s time for TRG to take a look at some of the Metroid series. We’re kicking things off with the game that is a classic loved by all (unless you have no heart and soul), Super Metroid.

Housekeeping (8:31)

What Have We Been Playing (10:53)

Dan takes to the skies in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD to discuss if the game is worth the $60 price point. Logan ascends to "Git Gud" status and beats Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Topic (25:10)

Originally released for the Super Nintendo in 1994, Super Metroid arrived in to the gaming world and caused major waves. To this day, it's influence can be felt in a variety of games. Join us as we discuss the game's influence, themes, and more.

Reco's (1:07:42)

Follow Dan on Twitter and check out Retro Logic!

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!

Jul 19, 2021

Recently, things like tabletop games and escape rooms have risen in popularity. Along with that have come new ways to play games like murder mystery subscription boxes. These have massive potential to reform the way people play games while opening some opportunities for ministry. Join us as we sit down with Jeff and discuss these kinds of games.

Housekeeping (7:21)

What Have We Been Playing (8:34)

Jeff dives in to the tabletop side of games and shares about a card game that you can play with one hand. Logan takes to the seas in Sea of Thieves, again, and finally finishes Metroid: Zero Mission.

What Have We Been Reading (21:23)

The guys discuss how to enjoy the life that God has given us and the cure to anxiety from Ecclesiastes and Josh Weidman's "The End of Anxiety".

Topic (29:30)

As stated before, escape rooms have grown in popularity. So much so that many companies are now even offering escape room experiences via subscription boxes. Escape Room Mystery is even extending a special offer to our listeners: use code DEER50 at checkout to get 50% off your first box of Capture the Killer. Head over to their website, use the code, and try out this unique way of gaming for yourself!

Patron Thank You's (1:25:10)

A big thank you for our Deer Patrons for the month of July: AaronElWhite, Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Chris Freeman, Christopher Commander, Darryl Tavares, David Henderson, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Isaac.stultz, Jake Walker, Jeff Jackson Jr., Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe,  Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Luke Strain, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matt Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Peter Piper, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Savon Pena, Third Strongest Mole, Travis, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Reco's! (1:27:10)

A huge thank you to irok4creativity for the cover art of this episode.

Keep up with Jeff on Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!

Jul 5, 2021

You may know Eric Bailey from viral tweets or read something he has written over on Nintendo Life or Hard Drive Mag. Perhaps, you’ve even played his game Octobug. In this episode, we’re excited to talk to Eric about being on social media, developing games, and writing some hilarious satire.

Housekeeping (1:50)

What Have We Been Playing (3:39)

Adam takes a swing at Mario Golf and contemplates abandoning Mass Effect 3. Logan delves into Final Fantasy XII while taking to the open seas in Sea of Thieves.

What Have We Been Reading (22:40)

The guys discuss how big God really is in both providence and sovereignty.

Topic (33:50)

As stated before, we got to sit down with Eric Bailey to discuss game development, what Christians can do better on social media, and some of his favorite games. You can check out Eric's work and socials below:

Reco's (1:13:51)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!

Jun 21, 2021
Nintendo Used Nostalgia, It Was Super Effective
 
After forcing to postpone due to COVID-19, E3 has returned! There's a lot to discuss but we narrow it down to some of the biggest announcements of E3, including your write-ins! And Logan flips out about Metroid Dread. Like, a lot.
 
Housekeeping (3:07)
What Have We Been Playing (4:57)
Adam visits Mass Effect 3 for the first time and gets side-tracked. Logan finishes the new Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and gives a glowing recommendation. He also gets good and returns to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
 
What Have We Been Reading (21:22)
The guys discuss how to worship God through pain and how to stay focused on God's power.
 
Topic (34:53)
E3, y'all! What a week! From Elden Ring to Metroid Dread to Xbox's impressive showcase, there is a lot to unpack! Join us as we discuss some of the highlights and if Xbox can go toe-to-toe with Playstation now.
 
Patron Thank You's! (1:20:39)
We love our Deer Patrons so much we want to thank them again right here in the show notes: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Christopher Commander, Chris Freeman, Darryl Tavares, David Henderson, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Isaac.stultz, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jeff Jackson Jr., Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe, Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matt Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Peter Piper, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, Savon Pena, Third Strongest Mole, Travis, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina
 
 
Reco's! (1:23:25)
Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!
May 31, 2021

Has Resident Evil lost it's way?

After beating Resident Evil Village 4 times, it's time to discuss the game. Adam is out on vacation (aka avoids spooky games like vegetables) so Christian content creator, ReformedJedi, joins Logan on this episode to discuss the latest in the Resident Evil franchise. The game is a wild ride but it begs the question: has Village taken the RE series past the point of no return? We also discuss if the game is too violent, if there's any redemptive themes, and some of the problems the game presents.

Housekeeping (3:36)

What Have You Been Playing (4:21)

Jedi and Logan share what makes Returnal good and bad. Logan also shares if Biomutant is worth picking up.

What Have You Been Reading (14:41)

Jedi digs back in to the Symphony of Scripture: Making Sense of the Bible's Many Themes (after a few year hiatus from putting the book down). Logan gets in to Hebrews 13:7-9 as students graduate in his youth group and encourages them to remember their leaders.

Topic (21:37)

Resident Evil blazed a new trail in Resident Evil 7. Village continues this trend but also hits a few bumps in the road. Is Resident Evil Village one of the best in the series or does it flounder and stumble? Jedi and Logan also discuss if there are any redemptive uses of horror in entertainment. As always, there is a spoiler-free section of the topic and there is ample warnings before diving in to spoilers. Spoiler discussion begins at 32:53.

Reco's! (1:09:49)

Follow ReformedJedi on Twitter, Twitch, Instagram, and YouTube!

  • Bad Batch (Disney+)
  • Give Logan a game reco!

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!

May 19, 2021

In a surprise turn of events, we managed to get Adam Hill (co-creator of Godspeed) on the show to discuss the behind-the-scenes of tabletop game creation. We also discuss his latest game, publishing company, and what makes tabletop games perfect for outreach.

Housekeeping (6:20)

What Have You Been Playing (7:40)

Adam teaches his son valuable life lessons in Mortal Kombat. Adam lives, dies, and repeats in Returnal. Logan braves the horrors of Resident Evil Village... 4 times.

What Have You Been Reading (35:30)

The guys discuss passages like Mark 9:14-27, Galatians 6:9-10, and Replanting.

Topic (53:00)

Adam Hill is a pastor but he is also a board game designer. Surprisingly enough, board games can be an effective tool for fostering community and reaching people where they're at. Listen in as Adam shares insights on how board games are designed, what he learned from Godspeed, his new game, and ministry.

Patron Thank You's! (1:38:28)

We love our Deer Patrons so much we want to thank them again right here in the show notes: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Christopher Commander, Darryl Tavares, David B, David Henderson, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Isaac.stultz, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jeff Jackson Jr., Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe,  Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matt Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Peter Piper, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, Third Strongest Mole, Travis, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Recos! (1:39:53)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!

May 3, 2021

Hot Summer Hype Nuggets, Batman!

Summer is quickly approaching as is E3. COVID forced cancellations and others to go online last year. How will that affect this summer? Join us as we discuss (and possibly prophesy) what will happen this summer in the gaming world.

Housekeeping (3:29)

What Have We Been Playing (4:59)

  • Micah puts on a tank top and races cars in Need for Speed. Adam swings for the fences in MLB The Show 21. Logan gives up on being an Avenger and gets weird with Neir Replicant.

What Have We Been Reading (25:11)

  • God's sovereign plan is a mystery and can lead to frustration. All 3 books the guys are reading detail a different aspect of that and share an encouragement for those struggling.

Topic (39:13)

  • What will happen at this year's E3? Adam hopes his Fantasy Draft will be spared, Micah gives a hot take on Mario, and Logan abandons hope for Metroid. The guys also share what delays they think will be announced and determine if E3 will come back in full swing or fizzle out into the abyss of irrelevance.

Reco's (1:17:12)

  • Play an old Housemarque game (Resogun, Dead Nation, Matterfall, etc.)
  • Subscribe to TRG's YouTube channel

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!

 

Apr 19, 2021

It's About Time

The time has finally come for us to discuss one of the greatest JRPGs of all time: Chrono Trigger. Time also saw fit for us to bring Matt Millsap back onto the podcast to help us discuss this timeless classic. Okay, puns aside, we had a great time discussing this classic from the SNES era.

Housekeeping (2:42)

What Have We Been Playing (3:36)

Matt revisits Hyrule in Age of Calamity and grinds for loot in Destiny 2. Adam returns to one of the greatest JRPGs on the Nintendo Switch: Xenoblade Chronicles. Logan continues killing monsters and turning them into hats and boots in Monster Hunter Rise.

What Have We Been Reading (19:10)

Matt discusses Paul David Tripp's "Age of Opportunity". Adam digs into Replanted on the topic of adoption. Logan gets wise in Proverbs.

Topic (31:26)

If you were to ask someone what are the best JRPGs, Chrono Trigger is bound to come up. Published by Square in 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Chrono Trigger landed in the gaming world to critical acclaim, securing itself as a pinnacle of gaming. But what is it about Chrono Trigger that makes it one of the greatest games of all time? That’s what we’ll discuss in this episode.

Patron Thank You's! (1:24:15)

HUGE thank you to our April Patrons who helped us keep cranking out content for the show! Those lovely Patrons are: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Christopher Commander, Darryl Tavares, David B, David Henderson, Derek Smith, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jeff Jackson Jr., Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe,  Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matt Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Pastor Shea, Peter Piper, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, Third Strongest Mole, Travis, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Recos! (1:25:58)

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • Think Biblically Podcast
  • Fast 9 Trailer

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! We would love to connect with you. Join our Discord using this link or following us on our different social media platforms like FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and Instagram. You can financially support the show, monthly, on Patreon or by purchasing some TRG merch over on our shop!

 

Apr 5, 2021

Distilling The Gospel Into 5 Points

With Easter fresh on our minds, join Adam and Logan as they break down what "the Gospel" is all about, why it's important, and how to share it with others.

Housekeeping (1:55)

What Have We Been Playing (3:06)

The guys talk about their time with Demon's Souls and Adam explains why he quit the game. Adam also joins the Avengers and Logan breaks down talking about Bravely Default 2.

What Have We Been Reading (27:46)

Adam takes us to church in reminding us about the garden and the cross in Mark 13-15. Logan encourages us to have a defense ready for the faith we have hope in from 1 Peter 3:13-17.

Topic (38:08)

What is "the Gospel"? Join Adam and Logan break down the cornerstone of the Christian faith.

Reco's! (1:21:15)

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Mar 22, 2021

The Story Are The Ones We Create

Monster Hunter Rise will soon be here (or already is here depending on when you're listening). This has many wondering, "What makes Monster Hunter so great". Logan brings on resident Monster Hunter aficionado, Zach (admin of the TRG Facebook group), to discuss the Monster Hunter series, what makes it great, the best ones to start with.

Housekeeping (4:27)

What Have We Been Playing (6:09)

Zach secures a PS5 and gets caught up on some of PS4's greatest titles such as Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Persona 5. Logan faces his fears and gets good in Dark Souls 3.

What Have We Been Reading (26:53)

Zach finishes up his seminary career by studying Isaiah 9:2-7. Logan studies the current cultural topic of transgenderism and reads the book Amazon delisted, When Harry Becomes Sally.

Topic (35:39)

Monster Hunter has been around for decades but it wasn't until Monster Hunter World that the mainstream consciousness became aware of the series. As many Switch owners anticipate the release of Monster Hunter Rise, we break down the series' history, why it's great, and share tips for those jumping in for the first time.

Patron Thank You's (1:26:28)

Thank you to our wonderful Deer Patrons who continue to support us over on Patron: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Christopher Commander, Darryl Tavares, David B, David Henderson, Derek Smith, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jeff Jackson Jr., Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe,  Josh Broccolo, Kaleb, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matt Millsap, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Pastor Shea, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, Third Strongest Mole, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Reco's! (1:27:48)

  • Monster Hunter Rise Demo (Nintendo Switch)
  • On Fairy Tales by Tolkien
  • Read More Books
  • Pray for Logan and his wife's adoption

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Mar 9, 2021

Wait. Is This Even Possible?

With Logan taking a short break from the podcast, Adam and Skinner hop on the mic to discuss what it's like to be a parent and still play video games.

Housekeeping (1:57)

What Have We Been Playing (4:49)

What Have We Been Reading (17:01)

Topic (29:47)

Gaming while parenting can be a difficult thing. Adam and Skinner their advice, as well as tips from the TRG community.

Recos! (1:21:56)

  • "God's Very Good Idea" by Trillia Newbill
  • Trail Life & AHG
  • Family Worship
  • Foster/Adoption

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Feb 22, 2021

Seeing Gaming Through A New Lens

As art changes and adapts over the years, new ways of doing traditional art adapts to new mediums. With the rise of photo modes in video games, we now have a new form of photography: gametography. If you have never heard of this phenomenon, then this is an episode you do not want to miss out on!

Housekeeping (3:54)

What Have We Been Playing (7:15)

Micah dives deeper into the Oldest House in Control: Ultimate Edition. Adam catches us up on all the games he's played while away. Logan tests his ninja skills in Cyber Shadow.

What Have We Been Reading (24:38)

Micah catches us up on Gentle & Lowly. Adam discusses walking his growth group through Adopted for Life. Logan smashes idols in We Become What We Worship.

Topic (33:30)

More and more games are implementing Photo Modes. Is this a good thing? Join the crew as they discuss how they got into photo modes, if they think they are a fad, and how they're being implemented well and not so well.

Check out these gametographers online:

Patron Thank Yous! (1:10:37)

Huge thank you to our patrons who ensure we can keep recording: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Christopher Commander, Darryl Tavares, David B, David Henderson, Derek Smith, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jeffrey Jackson, Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe,  Josh Broccolo, Kaleb, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matt Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, MrButts, Nate McKeever, Pastor Shea, Retro Rewind Podcast, Ryan1701e, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, Third Strongest Mole, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Recos! (1:13:16)

  • Ramen (yes, the noodles)
  • Biblical Counseling Training Conference
  • Destiny 2
  • Prayer

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Feb 8, 2021

Five Words: Master Chief Collection on Switch

As we head in to 2021, all eyes are on the big 3 of the gaming world. Just what is Xbox planning? Will we see God of War: Raganarok this year? Is this the year that Nintendo finally brings Metroid Prime Trilogy to the Nintendo Switch? We're not sure but we'll guess away anyway!

Housekeeping (2:09)

What Have We Been Playing (3:57)

Micah dives back in to the Oldest House in Control: Ultimate Edition on PS5. Turns out, it is quite the upgrade. Logan institutes the Dark Souls hour and waxes eloquent about how great the games are. He also beat Resident Evil 7 in an afternoon.

What Have We Been Reading (22:04)

Adam speaks through Micah and discusses Dane Ortlund's "Gentle & Lowly". Specifically how God is pleased to help us. Logan discusses a reading from Tim Keller's "Counterfeit Gods" that details how idols bring destruction.

Topic (30:10)

We may not have the gift of prophecy but we are observant. Micah and Logan share their predictions of the things that Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo will do (or don't do) in 2021. Sorry, Halo: Infinite.

  • Xbox Predictions (31:41)
  • Playstation Predictions (44:09)
  • Nintendo Predictions (56:08

Reco's (1:11:34)

  • Play Concrete Genie
  • Check out the new content in Housekeeping

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Jan 25, 2021

Witness The Beginning and Survive

Revelation Games just revealed their upcoming game, Eden Remains: Arrival. We brought the head of the studio, Jeff Simmons, on to discuss the game, working in game development, and why Christians need to engage entertainment.

Housekeeping (2:41)

What Have We Been Playing (5:10)

Jeff takes off to space in Elite Dangerous to hunt bounties. Logan takes on Dark Souls Remastered and comes out a stronger man than before.

What Have We Been Reading (15:16)

Jeff discusses starting his study on the trichotomy of mind, soul, spirit and Logan smashes some idols with G.K. Beale.

Topic (21:25)

Eden Remains: Arrival aims to tell you a Genesis-style story with a sci-fi backdrop as you survive on a barren planet. Jeff gives all the details on what players can expect from their upcoming game. We also got into a discussion about Christian content and why Christians cannot afford to ignore engaging, and influencing, the entertainment world.

Patron Thank You's (1:05:04)

Shout-out to our Deer Patrons for their continued support and encouragement: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Christopher Commander, Collin Gregory, Darryl Tavares, David B, David Henderson, Derek Smith, Isaac Stultz, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jeffrey Jackson, Jimmy Changa, JoAnne Monroe,  Josh Broccolo, Kaleb, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matt Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, Nate McKeever, Pastor Shea, Retro Rewind Podcast, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, Third Strongest Mole, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Recos! (1:06:30)

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Jan 11, 2021

It's Time To See Which Games Walk Away With Awards

We've played a lot of games in 2020. Some were amazing, others were outright bad. Join Adam and Logan as they hand out awards such as the Comfort Food award, Broken Controller, Game of Shame, and the coveted Golden Deer is awarded to our personal picks for Game of the Year. We also share which game received the Game of the Deer award as voted on by our community in the Facebook group.

Housekeeping (4:48)

What Have We Been Playing (8:25)

The guys tell all about Cyberpunk 2077 and why they both abandoned the game. Logan shares about the awkward sex talk as shown in the game, Haven. Adam finishes up Ori & the Blind Forest to begin Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Immortals Fenyx Rising.

What Have We Been Reading (33:14)

Adam discusses the book "Gentle and Lowly" by Dane Ortlund. Logan finds reassurance and peace in the book of Judges.

Topic (41:58)

Our opinion on Game of the Year is the only that really matters, let's be honest. The guys hand out various rewards such as Comfort Food, Owen Wilson, Game of Shame, Broken Controller, Backseat Gamer, Backlog, and the coveted Golden Deer to the GOTY picks.

To jump straight to the GOTY deliberation discussion, check out timestamp 1:11:38.

Reco's (1:30:42)

  • Over The Moon
  • Persona OSTs Available on iTunes Music, Spotify
  • Love Others

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Dec 14, 2020

Representation, Sacrifice, and Protecting One's Home

With Peter Parker out of town for a few weeks, it is up to Miles Morales to don the Spider-Man suit and protect New York. Miles soon learns that there's a lot more to being Spider-Man. Will he able to save his friendships and keep the peace in New York?

Housekeeping (5:20)

What Have We Been Playing (9:38)

Adam deep dives into the Xbox ecosystem. He shares thoughts on The Last Campfire, takes on his first Ori & the Blind Forest game. Logan gives an update to his thoughts on Destiny 2, including the new raid. Both of the guys also discuss their first few hours in Night City and have some interesting takeaways from CD Projekt Red's latest: Cyberpunk 2077.

What Have We Been Reading (25:21)

Adam dives into a new book from Voddie Baucham Jr.'s daughter, Mother to Son. Logan shares from the last few weeks of teaching his students through 1 Timothy 4:12 and how young Christians should be raising the bar.

Topic - Spider-Man: Miles Morales Spoiler Free Review (36:45)

If you are new to the show, how we handle our spoilercasts are we give our spoiler-free impressions and review up front. We will give amply warning before going in to spoiler territory so if you are playing the game and don't want anything spoiled, that's your opportunity to pause the show and come back after you have finished.

Spoiler Talk (53:28)

The conversation touches on several topics such as revenge, representation in games, the character of Spider-Man, and the Gospel.

Patron Thank You's (1:32:32)

Shout-out to our Deer Patrons for their continued support and encouragement: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Ashley Kronenbitter, Caleb Schmidt, Christopher Commander, Collin Gregory, Darryl Tavares, David B, Derek Smith, Isaac Stultz, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jeffrey Jackson, JoAnne Monroe,  Josh Broccolo, Kaleb, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matt Edwards, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Matt Millsap, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, Nate McKeever, Retro Rewind Podcast, Sam White, Third Strongest Mole, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea, Xaviel Medina

Reco's (1:34:04)

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From all of us here at TRG, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be a Deer, keep it locked here, we will see you next year!

 

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