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The Reformed Gamers! The show all about theology, video games and tacos (and anything else)! Join two reformed pastors as they discuss video games from a reformed Biblical perspective. Topics range from specific video games and the themes within them or things in the world of gaming.
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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.

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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!

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!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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