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The Reformed Gamers

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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Sep 7, 2020

The Must Play Games of the PS4 Era

As we begin getting ready for the next generation of gaming, join us as we revisit some of our favorite games of the PS4 era.

Housekeeping (4:36)

What Have We Been Playing (7:27)

Adam and Logan gush over Ghost of Tsushima's story. Adam also dives into "A Short Hike", a charming and relaxing indie title. Logan gains a new Platinum, breaks down why Destroy All Humans is perfect for 2020, and briefly goes over Manifold Garden.

What Have We Been Reading (18:32)

Adam discusses the surreal and relevant writings of C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters". Logan finished "If God, Why Evil?" by Norman Geisler and learned Norman Geisler is staunchly anti-Calvinist.

Topic (26:08)

With the PS5 on the horizon, and considering the new PS4 owners in the community, we take the time to rank our Top 10 "Best Of" games on the PS4. Let us know what yours are on our social media platforms!

Reco's! (1:21:39)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! For more content, head on over to our YouTube channel and website for resources for your Christian gamer walk. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram to interact with us directly and other Deer Listeners.

Aug 17, 2020

How do you determine right from wrong when the lines get blurry?

We are discussing one of 2020's most polarizing titles: The Last of Us Part 2. Matt Millsap of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary joins us to help break down the game's themes from a Biblical worldview. If you have not played the game, and don't want spoilers, finish the game first before listening. For everyone else, dive right in.

Housekeeping

What Have We Been Playing

Matt and Adam both discuss the latest Sony exclusive: Ghost of Tsushima and have a lot of good to say. Fall Guys comes up and Logan discusses what it's like diving back into Destiny 2.

What Have We Been Reading

Matt discusses Patrick Schreiner's new book, "The Ascension of Christ". Adam digs into "Abide in Christ" by Andrew Murray as he gets ready to preach. Logan gives thoughts on "If God, Why Evil?" by Norman Geisler.

Topic - The Last of Us Part 2

Normally, you could listen to the first part of this section and be okay. But since Logan forgot what is and isn't a spoiler, it's best to avoid this section entirely if you do not want the game spoiled. Don't worry, Deer Ear Protective Services will give you a heads up on when to press pause.

Patron Thank You's

Huge shout-out to our patrons who support us over on Patreon! Those Deer Patrons are: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Andrew Steedman, Ashley Kronenbitter, Caleb Schmidt, Christopher Commander, Collin Gregory, David B, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Feelin’ Film, Jake Walker, James Barker, Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, Nate McKeever, Retro Rewind Podcast, Sam White, Samuel Colunga,  Third Strongest Mole, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea

Reco's!

  • LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Fall Guys

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! For more content, head on over to our YouTube channel and website for resources for your Christian gamer walk. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram to interact with us directly and other Deer Listeners.

Aug 3, 2020

Xbox's New Offerings and a Glimpse at Their Future

Xbox recently unveiled an eclectic showing of games coming to Xbox Series X, including the hotly anticipated: Halo: Infinite! Join us this week as we discuss the showcase as well as break down Xbox's strategy for the next generation.

Housekeeping (4:19)

What Have We Been Playing (7:55)

Adam meditates in a hot spring about his thoughts on Ghost of Tsushima. Logan finally gets good in Dark Souls Remastered and hordes all the loot in Destiny 2.

What Have We Been Reading (20:05)

Adam discusses his time with a new commentary on Colossians by Warren Wiersbe. He also discusses "I Am Still Here" by Austin Channing Brown, an autobiography from a black woman's perspective growing up. Logan discusses his time going through the book of Psalms, specifically Psalms 1 about the importance of being rooted in the Bible.

Topic (30:20)

The time of next gen is drawing closer and closer! Recently, Xbox showcased a variety of games that are coming to their new Xbox platform, as well as Game Pass! We break down some of the highlights and serve up some spicy-hot takes regarding Xbox's ambitious new strategy. Plus, Logan gushes over Halo: Infinite because OH MY LANTA! A GRAPPLE HOOK?!?! LETS GOOO!!

Reco's! (1:14:42)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! For more content, head on over to our YouTube channel and website for resources for your Christian gamer walk. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram to interact with us directly and other Deer Listeners.

Jul 20, 2020

The Life and Lessons of Christian Content Creation

Get your boogie shoes on and join us as we sit down with Christian streamer and content creator, Shadeless! Shadeless has been streaming on Twitch over the last couple of years and has learned a lot. If you're looking to get into streaming, or learn more about Shadeless, this is the episode for you!

Housekeeping (3:24)

What Have We Been Playing (5:16)

Shadeless kicks things off with getting into Rocket League and potentially coming to the PS4 side of controllers. Adam discusses his time with The Last of Us Part 2 (spoiler-free). Logan gushes about Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition and adds another Platinum to his collection.

What Have We Been Reading (15:29)

Shadeless brings in something that is working on him from Life As A Vapor by John Piper. Adam gets into Measure of A Man by Gene Getz. Logan shares from Habakkuk 3:17-19 about God's goodness.

Topic (27:00)

In an ongoing effort to give the Deer Listeners what they want, we have brought on another Christian streamer! Shadeless shares about some of the lessons he learned from getting into streaming, reformed theology, undergoing a rebranding, and encourages other Christians looking to get into content creation.

You can follow Shadeless on: Twitch / Twitter / YouTube

Patron Thank You's! (1:02:46)

HUGE shout-out to our Deer Patrons who support us on Patreon: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Andrew Steedman, Ashley Kronenbitter, Caleb Schmidt, Christopher Commander, Collin Gregory, David B, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Feelin’ Film, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jesse Penu, Joanne Monroe, Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, Nate McKeever, Retro Rewind Podcast, Sam White, Third Strongest Mole, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea

Reco's! (1:04:22)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! For more content, head on over to our YouTube channel and website for resources for your Christian gamer walk. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram to interact with us directly and other Deer Listeners.

Jul 6, 2020

Hello, Deer Listener!

2020 is been a big year for the podcast. We have seen God add a lot of new Deer Listeners. But what exactly is this show about? Join us as we break down the meaning behind the show's name, how we go about picking games to play based on our convictions, and more.

Housekeeping (4:04)

What Have We Been Playing (9:18)

Adam dives deep into the world of The Last of Us Part 2 and has some war stories. Logan gushes over Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition. Like, seriously gushes.

What Have We Been Reading (26:53)

Adam takes us to church out of Isaiah 59. Logan talks about Ephesians 2's powerful reminder of who we are in Christ.

Topic (35:05)

Who are The Reformed Gamers? What does that "Reformed" word mean? How can a Christian enjoy video games? All those answered and more as we break down who we are.

Reco's! (72:17)

  • Seeds Family Worship (Scripture Memory)
  • Fixture S1
  • Steam Summer Sale
  • Take A Break
  • Godspeed (Board Game)

Thank you for listening to The Reformed Gamers! For more content, head on over to our YouTube channel and website for resources for your Christian gamer walk. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to interact with us directly and other Deer Listeners.

 

Jun 22, 2020

Disgustingly Beautiful Metal

DOOM Eternal is one of the best FPS games to have been released and may potentially be GOTY for 2020. PastorDoostyn joins the show to break down how this game fits in with the series, the changes made in this game, and we discuss some of the themes presented in the game.

Housekeeping

What Have We Been Playing (6:25)

PastorDoostyn discusses some of the new DOOM WADs he's playing in an attempt to curb gushing about Pokemon. Logan discusses his time as a pirate in Sea of Thieves.

What Have We Been Reading (15:40)

PastorDoostyn shares about Dr. Marshall Winsor's book "LEARN Evangelism". Logan talks about sharing his favorite verse from 1 John with other students.

Topic (28:01)

Hell has invaded Earth. It is now up to the Doom Slayer to send the demons back. A strong contender for GOTY 2020, DOOM Eternal is one of the most frenetic and action-packed games ever made. Let’s discuss the game, how it fits into the franchise, some themes, our favorite moments and weapons, and more.

Patron Thank You's (1:28:15)

Huge shout-out to our Deer Patrons that keep the lights on: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Andrew Steedman, Ashley Kronenbitter, Caleb Schmidt, Christopher Commander, Collin Gregory, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Feelin’ Film, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jesse Penu, Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Mark Fromme, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, Nate McKeever, Retro Rewind Podcast, Sam White, Samuel Colunga, WeathermanKeef, Wesley Rea

Reco's (1:29:15)

  • LEARN Evangelism (Book)
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Monuments of Mars (DOOM WAD)
  • Follow PastorDoostyn (Twitter/Twitch/TikTok)
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Steam Summer Sale (whenever it happens)

Thank you for listening to this episode! If you want to continue interacting with us and other Deer Listeners, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube!

Jun 12, 2020

In a rare twist of events, Logan and Adam were able to not only watch a console reveal together, but they got Micah to come on and go over the games shown. The guys also discuss their favorite take-away moments and give their initial thoughts on the look of the PS5.

If you like what we do here at TRG, head over to Patreon to consider lending support to the show! Support as low as $1 a month goes a long way to helping us continue discussing Biblical theology and games.

Be sure to follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more content and interaction!

Jun 9, 2020

Is It Really That Complicated?

PC building has been a hot topic among the community as of late. Join Logan as he returns to the podcast and sits down with an admin of the Facebook group, Zach Bucholz, to discuss some common misconceptions surrounding PC building and also share some tips. (Stay tuned after the credits to hear how Zach almost burned down his office building)

If you want to see the parts in Logan's PC, click this link.

Housekeeping (9:45)

What Have We Been Playing (11:40)

Zach has been sucked into the warp hole that is Valorant and Logan discusses Forza Horizon 4, Xenoblade, and the indie fighter, The TakeOver.

What Have We Been Reading (24:23)

Zach discusses studying the Old Testament as part of class and how he has been redeeming this time in quarantine with his wife. Logan discusses overcoming fear of COVID-19 in John Piper's "Coronavirus and Christ".

Topic (30:45)

Is building a PC difficult? Can I play from my couch? How do I know when I have the right parts? There are a lot of questions surrounding building a PC. Join Logan and Zach as they dispel some common misconceptions and share some helpful tips to get you started.

Relevant Resources:

Reco's (1:28:07)

If you like what we do here at TRG, head over to Patreon to consider lending support to the show! Support as low as $1 a month goes a long way to helping us continue discussing Biblical theology and games.

Be sure to follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more content and interaction!

May 27, 2020

The Space Race Was A Lie

Pandasaurus Games upcoming game, Godspeed, is out on June 17th! We brought one of the game's creators on to discuss the game and what the Kickstarter journey has been like.

Housekeeping (2:07)

What Have You Been Playing (4:05)

It's JRPG time as Clay discusses getting into Persona 5 Royal and Adam discuss Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

What Have You Been Reading (26:54)

Clay discusses Luke 12:25-26 and peace in God during trials. Adam shares from a Art of Neighboring on loving neighbors well and living missionally in our community.

Topic - Godspeed (35:05)

Godspeed broke it's goal within hours of opening up it's Kickstarter. Since then, it's been an incredible journey and Clay discusses some of the unique aspects of the tabletop gaming industry as we approach the June 17th release date.

Patron Thank You's (1:19:53)

Thank you so much for our Deer Patrons that support us on patreon: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Andrew Steedman, Ashley Kronenbitter, Caleb Schmidt, Christopher Commander, Collin Gregory, Connor Felty, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Feelin' Film, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jesse Penu, Joann Monroe, Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Lava Burner, Mark Fromme, Matthew "White Chocolate" McDougal, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, Nate Mckeever, Retro Rewind Podcast, Sam White, Sam Colunga, Wesley Rea

Recos

If you like what we do here at TRG, head over to Patreon to consider lending support to the show! Support as low as $1 a month goes a long way to helping us continue discussing Biblical theology and games.

Be sure to follow us on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook for more content and interaction!

May 11, 2020

How has life in quarantine been?

Editor Note: Hey, Logan here. I edited this episode so Skinner could spend time with family (please be praying for him and his family as they grieve the loss of his uncle). If this thing sounds awful, send your hate mail to Adam's yahoo email: belieber4eva.

COVID-19 has had some long lasting effects over the past few months. There are plenty of thoughts and reactions within the gaming industry. Join Adam & Micah as they go over the different delays, product shortages, and how Final Fantasy VII Remake came at just the right time.

Housekeeping (3:00)

What Have We Been Playing (4:22)

Final Fantasy VII Remake dominates the conversation. Is it a Game of the Year contender?

What Have We Been Reading (19:25)

Micah shares with us a sermon from his church from Psalm 77 focusing on despair. Adam shares from Isaiah 26:3-4 and the hope there is for those struggling with infertility.

Topic (31:08)

No Facebook conspiracy theories here! Join the guys as they discuss the various delays and updates within the gaming industry as a result of this pandemic.

Recos (1:13:25)

If you like what we do here at TRG, head over to Patreon to consider lending support to the show! Support as low as $1 a month goes a long way to helping us continue discussing Biblical theology and games.

Be sure to follow us on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook for more content and interaction!

 

Apr 28, 2020

Housekeeping (2:47)

Editor Note: Retrospective on Metroid 2 is written by Wesley Rea.

WHYBP (4:00)

Micah discusses Colin Moriarty’s new game, Twin Breaker. He also discusses two big remakes that released: Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy 7. Adam discusses how good Call of Duty: Warzone is and him walking away from Animal Crossing.

 

WHYBR (24:29)

Micah gets into Counter-Culture by David Platt and how it’s been impacting his life. Adam reminds us about God’s purpose through His word.

 

Topic - Next Generation (35:28)

With the next generation of consoles on the horizon, Adam and Micah give an overview of tech specs, discuss some rumors, poke fun at Logan’s flip-flops, and give their predictions.

 

Patron Thank You’s (1:36:50)

Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Andrew Steedman, Ashley Kronenbitter, Caleb Schmidt, Christopher Commander, Collin Gregory, Connor Felty, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Feelin’ Film (new), Jake Walker, James Barker, Jesse Penu, Joanne Monroe, Josh Broccolo, Kokorodaki, Lava Burner, Mark Fromme, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Melvin Benson V, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, Nate McKeever, Retro Rewind Podcast, Sam White, Samuel Colunga (new), Wesley Rea

Reco’s (1:38:05)

  • Star Wars Rebels
  • 1917
Apr 13, 2020

Words aren't the only way to tell someone how you feel.

Final Fantasy VII is a staple of the gaming community. We are joined by the hosts of the Retro Rewind Podcast to discuss FF7, it's themes of war and defense, and talk about some of the things that make the series great in the special podcast cross-over event. To get even more of our thoughts on the game, check out Retro Rewind's episode.

Housekeeping

WHYBP (7:55)

Paul discusses being an X-Gamer, Francisco discusses retro goodness like Ducktales Remastered, and Logan obtains another Platinum trophy while also ranting about the Bunny Event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

WHYBR (20:10)

Paul discusses some thoughts from Psalm 128 on living righteously and the fear of the Lord. Francisco discusses what he's learning from the Bible Project reading while Logan discusses building effective habits from reading Atomic Habits from a Biblical worldview.

Topic (30:37)

As always, share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook (links for those channels are further down in the show notes).

Reco's

  • I Still Believe (Film)
  • Chillout YouTube Playlists for Work Music
  • Frozen 2

Follow Retro Rewind

Be sure to follow us on Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook for more content and interaction!

Mar 31, 2020

Get N or Get Out

The Nintendo 64 marked a major shift in the gaming landscape when it released. Join Adam and Logan as they discuss first experiences with the console, their favorite games, and discuss some of your favorite games. As well as other random trivia. For example, Blockbuster exclusive video games.

Housekeeping (7:25)

What Have We Been Playing (10:00)

Animal Crossing. It's been Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

What Have We Been Reading (28:47)

Adam discusses a brand new book titled "Prayer" by John Onwucheckwa along with what he has been getting out of Isaiah. Logan discusses a passage from 1 Peter 1:24-25 about how God's Word endures all things.

Topic (41:48)

The discussion of the Nintendo 64 traveled many words from our first time playing on one to Blockbuster exclusive games and a passionate rant about the greatest game of all time: Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine.

Reco's (1:30:05)

  • "Prayer" by John Onwucheckwa
  • MLB 9 Innings (Mobile Game)
  • Jojo Rabbit (Movie)
  • Utilize social media for ministry
  • DKOldies.com

If you like what we do here at TRG, head over to Patreon to consider lending support to the show! Support as low as $1 a month goes a long way to helping us continue discussing Biblical theology and games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more content and interaction!

Mar 16, 2020

Heavy Metal, Chainsaws, Oh My!

DOOM is a major, influential series in the gaming world. With DOOM Eternal releasing, now is the time to discuss the series, it's influences, themes, and more. But we're not going in on this series alone: we're joined by the DOOM expert himself, PastorDoostyn! If you have never played a game in the series before, this is the episode to listen to and get caught up.

Housekeeping (2:35)

  • Read our new articles here on the website
  • Join our Discord
  • Follow us on Twitch
  • Support us on Patreon
  • Rate/Review the Podcast

What Have We Been Playing (4:12)

PastorDoostyn talks about building his team out on Pokemon. Logan discusses Dragon Quest XI’s crazy storytelling and the new game, Bloodroots, the game where everything is a weapon, including a carrot.

What Have We Been Reading (11:40)

PastorDoostyn discusses the book “41 Will Come” by Chuck E. Tate that unpacks the different times in the Bible we the number 40/41 is mentioned. He also discusses John 15, specially the well-known “I am the vine” passage. Logan discusses reading through 2 Thessalonians, specifically a passage in chapter 3 that stood out during his reading.

Topic (18:20)

DOOM is one of the most influential series in gaming. But it’s also one with it’s own set of controversy. The guys sit down to give an overview of the overarching story throughout the games, it’s themes, and ask questions about our engagement with the games. If you have never played a game in the series, this is an episode that would be the perfect primer for the upcoming DOOM Eternal.

Patron Thank You’s!

Thank you to these lovely Deer Patrons supporting us on Patreon: Alex Castellanos, Andre Swann, Andrew Steedman, Ashley Kronenbitter, Caleb Schmidt, Christopher Commander, Collin Gregory, Connor Felty, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jesse Penu, Joanne Monroe, Josh Broccolo, Lava Burner, Luke Strain, Mark Fromme, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Melvin Benson, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, Nate McKeever, Retro Rewind Podcast (new),  Ryan1701e, Sam White (new), Samuel Colunga, Wesley Rea

Follow PastorDoostyn

Reco's!

  • 41 Will Come (Book)
  • DOOM Switch Ports on Sale in eShop
  • DOOM WADS - Alien Vendetta, Scythe, No Chance
  • Dragon Quest XI S
  • Demon Hunter (Music)
  • Dr. Pepper & Creme

If you like what we do here at TRG, head over to Patreon to consider lending support to the show! Support as low as $1 a month goes a long way to helping us continue discussing Biblical theology and games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more content and interaction!

Mar 2, 2020

Bad times...are just times that are bad

Animal Crossing New Horizons arrives later this month so we decided it was a good time to do an episode on the Animal Crossing series! Henshin Dad joins us to help discuss our the series and it's themes of community, capitalism, and what we can learn as Christians.

Henshin Dad

Housekeeping (3:45)

What Have We Been Playing (6:25)

Wesley discusses his year-long journey of playing through all of the Dragon Quest games, arriving at DQ6. Adam discusses playing through the Spyro games because Logan hasn't sent him Control and Outer Worlds. Logan gushes over how Dragon Quest XI has raised the bar for JRPGs.

What Have We Been Reading (24:05)

Wesley discusses reading The Hobbit with his son. Adam has been reading 1 Thessalonians 4 and shares about doing more in regards to our Christian walk. Logan shares from Romans 1 the urgency of sharing the Gospel to a lost and dying world.

Topic (39:45) *SPOILER-FREE*

This entire segment is spoiler-free because Animal Crossing doesn't really have a story to spoil.

Animal Crossing is a game that, at first glance, one would not be judged for thinking it's a goofy doll-house style game. But through a deeper inspection, you find a game that teaches basic fundamental principles for success as an adult such as managing finances, giving back to your community, and fostering relationships. Logan and Wesley discuss these themes, as well as the Biblical parallels.

Reco's

  • Ultraman
  • Learn how to juggle
  • Chosen TV Series
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Illusive Age S: Definitive Edition
  • KIND Bars

If you like what we do here at TRG, head over to Patreon to consider lending support to the show! Support as low as $1 a month goes a long way to helping us continue discussing Biblical theology and games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more content and interaction!

Feb 17, 2020

My name is Commander Shepherd, and this is my favorite podcast on the Citadel.

How we made it 5 years in without doing a Mass Effect episode is beyond us but we brought on David Matthews of The Black Techies podcast to crash into a deep discussion of the Mass Effect series, it's themes, and more.

Housekeeping (2:30)

What Have We Been Playing (4:25)

David dives into the world of Control on PC and climbs the leaderboards in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Logan threatens Adam with snowballs. Adam finally gets into the Titanfall 2 campaign. Logan discusses how to "git gud" in Sekiro.

What Have We Been Reading (17:50)

David gets into how technology can trip us up in 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. Adam discusses the importance of studying the Bible and knowing it from Confronting Christianity. Logan discusses how God is the definition of creative from Ezekiel 1.

Topic - Mass Effect Series (32:18)

Mass Effect is a massive series. The guys discover a variety of topics such as the standout characters of the series and their experiences with the games. The guys also discuss the controversy surrounding the game's M-rating and the importance of our choices.

Thank You Patrons (1:22:00)

Thank you to the following patrons for supporting us on Patreon: Alex Castellanos, Andrew Steedman, Ashley Kronenbitter, Caleb Schmidt, Christopher Commander, Collin Gregory, Connor Felty, David Matthews, Derek Smith, Eric Bryant, Folic Acid (new), Gareth Evans, Jake Walker, James Barker, Jesse Penu, Joanne Monroe, Josh Broccolo, Klay Brandon, Lava Burner (new), Luke Strain, Mark Fromme, Matthew “White Chocolate” McDougal, Melvin Benson, Micah Hendrick, Michael Toller, Nate McKeever, Ryan1701e, Samuel Colunga (new), Wesley Rea

Reco's (1:23:38)

  • Check out The Black Techies podcast and on Twitter. Also follow David on Twitter!
  • 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke
  • Lost in Space on Netflix
  • Knives Out
  • Follow TRG on Twitch

Interact with TRG on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website, Twitch, YouTube.

Feb 3, 2020

Started From The Bottom, Now We Here

It's wild to think that TRG has been around for over 5 years now. Join Logan, Adam, and Skinner as they reminisce over some of the things they've learned doing the podcasts, their favorite episodes, and more.

Housekeeping (2:19)

WHYBP (4:18)

Adam discusses what it's like to be a Jedi and giving the PS Vita it's viking funeral. Skinner talks going for Platinum trophies in inFamous: Second Son and The Witness and also plays Skyrim for the very first time, in Bob's honor. Logan discusses Eternal, a free-to-play card game. Deer Listeners can try out Eternal and net some extra in-game loot via this link.

WHYBR (18:39)

Adam dives into Revelation, Skinner discusses the Decalogue, and Logan gets into attributes of God in Isaiah.

Topic (31:24)

TRG is old in Internet years but the show continues to grow by God's grace. The guys discuss some of their favorite moments of doing the show, what it's like coming on to the show, and take a look ahead at some of the things coming to TRG.

Reco's (1:21:20)

  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywod (Movie)
  • My Hero Academia
  • Ni No Kuni (Movie)
  • Eternal Card Game
  • Dr. Stone

 

Jan 27, 2020

Control is a deep game. Micah joins Logan to help unpack the different themes of the game, elaborate on what the Hiss is, how Dr. Darling's videos are key to the plot, and how a janitor is more than he appears.

If you like what we do here at TRG, head over to Patreon to consider lending support to the show! Support as low as $1 a month goes a long way to helping us continue discussing Biblical theology and games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more content and interaction!

Jan 21, 2020

From Pokemon to Doom and Everything In Between

Continuing #5YearsofTRG, we brought on Christian gaming streamer, PastorDoostyn, on to discuss all things live-streaming, gaming, and Christian engagement with the platform.

Follow PastorDoostyn on Twitch, Twitter, Instagram.

Housekeeping (4:56)

  • YouTube/Twitch Updates
  • Rate/Review the Show on your Podcast App
  • Join our Discord
  • Consider Supporting TRG on Patreon

What Have We Been Playing (6:36)

Doostyn discusses two Metroidvania games that have caught his attention: Bloodstained and The Messenger. Logan gains 3 Platinum trophies in his goal to get 20 Platinums in 2020.

What Have We Been Reading (15:00)

Doostyn discusses Clear the Stage on how we should seek God in worship, not a performance. Logan begins studying the book of Revelation and becomes confused immediately.

Topic (27:05)

Game live-streaming has grown over the past few years. Along with that growth, Christians have appeared on platforms like Twitch and Mixer to reach gamers for the Gospel. Doostyn discusses what it's been like for him, some of the opposition he faced, and where he sees streaming going in the future.

Patron Thank You (1:12:32)

Special thanks to all of our patrons who support us on Patreon!

Reco's! (1:13:55)

Jan 6, 2020

Kicking off 5 years of TRG, Marty Estes from Nintendo Dads and Youth Worker's Guide to Video Games joins Logan to discuss how ministry staff can wade the waters of gaming and help parents in the process.

What Have You Been Playing

Up first, Marty discusses how amazing Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is. Logan discusses his recent Platinums and his time with Untitled Goose Game.

What Have You Been Reading

Marty discusses a new book by Doug Fields written to help youth pastors manage time more effectively by learning to say no. Logan finishes The Power in Prayer by Charles Spurgeon.

Topic

The guys discuss gaming within a ministry context, should M-rated games be played in ministry, one thing parents should know about gaming and more.

Recos!

  • Nintendo Switch Lite
  • Peppermint Jojo's from Trader Joes
  • Write down your 2020 resolutions/goals
  • The Power in Prayer by Charles Spurgeon

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Dec 23, 2019
Who Will Walk Away TRG's Game of the Year?
 
As 2019 draws to a close, it's time for us to give out a variety of awards to some of the year's best in gaming! From the Itchy Sweater to the coveted Golden Deer, we've got plenty of awards to give out this year!
 
Housekeeping
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What Have You Been Playing
Adam has been in a state of chronic triggering playing Chrono Trigger. Both of the hosts have been playing Respawn's new Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Despite it's flaws, it's quite the stand-out game of 2019, as the guys go back and forth discussing their favorite parts of the game.
 
What Have You Been Reading
Adam finishes out The Gospel Primer as Logan continues going through the Power of Prayer by Spurgeon.
 
The Deer Awards 2019
The awards given out this year include: Broken Controller, Itchy Sweater, The Comeback, Best Book, Best Editor, The Golden Deer, and more.
 
Reco's!
  • Peanut Butter Falcon
  • "Behold the Lamb of God" by Andrew Peterson
Dec 9, 2019

Who's that Pokemon?

Pokemon is a massive franchise and a powerhouse in the world of gaming. Join the Henshin Dad himself, Wesley, as he and Logan discuss the Pokemon series, what makes it great, their favorite games, and give their review of Pokemon series, what makes it great, their favorite games, and give their review of Pokemon Sword & Shield!

Before the show begins, the two discuss their Thanksgivings and Black Friday hauls. Logan started learning Spanish so that couldn't possible go wrong on the show.

Housekeeping

What Have You Been Playing (10:05)

Wesley jumped back into Persona 5 after playing Dancing in Starlight, noting the game's darker themes compared to Persona 4 Golden. He also discusses one of the best JRPGs to have released this year on the Switch: Dragon Quest XI S! Logan abandons the Platinum for Code Vein after 67 hours of playtime.

What Have You Been Reading (25:47)

Wesley is taking it easy with "The Christmas Carol" after finishing The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. Logan discusses "The Power of Prayer" by Charles Spurgeon.

Topic of the Show - Pokemon (31:00)

The guys start the discussion off with how they got into the series. Both of the guys jumped in at the beginning with Red/Blue, with Logan's parents thinking Red and Blue were the first two in the series. From there, they discuss their favorite generations and Pokemon. Around the 1:07:50 mark, the guys discuss the controversy surrounding Pokemon Sword and Shield, giving their thoughts on if the complaints have any weight. Following that, the guys give their full review of the game from the things that made the games great to the things that left them scratching their heads.

Reco's

Henshin Dad Podcast Links

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Nov 18, 2019
It’s That Time Again!
 
From all of us here at TRG, a Happy early Thanksgiving (or regular Thanksgiving, depending on when you’re listening to this). This episode, the guys discuss Black Friday, the cultural phenomenon of deals on deals on deals! The guys share some memories of the day from years past and discuss some of the hottest deals at the different retailers this year.
 
Housekeeping
What Have We Been Playing (6:04)
Adam rekindles his friendship with the Nintendo Switch! While he makes time for Golf Story and Luigi’s Mansion, the PSVR manages to pull him away long enough to get into the world of Super Hot VR. Logan gives reviews for Daemon X Machina and Code Vein. Only one of those is worth picking up and it isn’t the one with the giant mechs.
 
What Have You Been Reading (24:43)
Adam digs into a book called “Gospel Primer”. It talks about the importance of the Gospel for your life everyday and may be a good resource for anyone currently discipling someone in Christ. Logan discusses the book, “Within Reach”, which gives statistics on why people 18-22 years old leave church after they graduate high school.
 
Topic - Black Friday (33:15)
The guys start things off by talking about their experiences with shopping on Black Friday. Conversation then moves on to discussing TRG’s Top 10 “King of Thrift Certified” Deals for Black Friday shoppers.
Follow the link here to see the spreadsheet of deals we mention on the cast.
 
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Reco’s
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Nov 7, 2019

Light A Candle

Days Gone was a Playstation exclusive that was adored by gamers and fizzled with critics. But is it as bad as the reviews say? What kind of themes are held within? Join us in this episode as we deep dive into Days Gone on the Playstation 4.

Housekeeping

WHYBP

Adam catches more fish and loses his new wife in Fire Emblem. The guys briefly discuss Luigi’s Mansion 3. Logan talks diving into the Castlevania series which then led him to start collecting retro games and revisiting retro X-Men games.

WHYBR

Adam discusses being forgiven in Christ, specifically how we are no longer held guilty in Christ. This brings up a discussion of how, in Christ, we are more than conquerors and Romans 9. Logan discusses a sermon he heard at a recent convention from Revelation 22. Discussion turns toward the dire nature of the phrase “Lord come quickly”.

Topic

The guys start the discussion of Days Gone off with the review controversy around the game’s launch and if it was warranted. After a brief introduction to the set up of the game’s story, the guys begin discussing the main character, Deacon, and his biker brother, Boozer, and the theme of loyalty between the two. The world of Days Gone has an effect on people, as clearly shown in the group known as the Rippers. The Rippers religion is one of darkness, something we see out of Romans 1. There is more discussed in this section, but due to spoilers, they cannot be elaborated on in the show notes.

Reco’s

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Oct 21, 2019

Join Logan and "James Bond" as we discuss some of the scariest games in gaming. The guys kick off the show by discussing the different ways you can support the show by supporting on Patreon or leaving a rating & review on your podcast app of choice.

What Have You Been Playing/Reading Highlights

The guys are pleasantly surprised by Apple Arcade's offerings such as WhatTheGolf, the golf game for folks who hate golf, and Sayonara Wild Hearts, a pop album video game. Both Adam and Logan have also beaten Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and offer their final thoughts on the game. Adam says the game is charming and Logan didn't really have anything negative to say about the game. You can read the official TRG review here.

For reading, Adam has been reading out of Psalm 123. During his quiet time, Adam learns about being ready, and waiting, for God's call to action. Logan nears the end of Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp and recommends it to anyone in ministry. Logan discusses how pastors ought to take opportunities to let others lead and teach, instead of getting a prideful spirit.

Topic: Scariest Games We've Ever Played Highlights

As the topic of discussion gets underway, Adam starts off with The Mummy on PS1. Logan discusses the urban legends surrounding missingno from Pokemon. Reader submissions discussed games such as Resident Evil 7 and Bloodborne. Bloodborne brings up bad memories for Adam regarding a time the game almost made him poo his pants. Logan reminisces about the time he got to the sewers for the first time in Resident Evil 2 and why he nearly broke his Gamecube controller.

The guys give thanks to all of the lovely Deer Patrons for supporting the show

Reco's!

  • Check out Apple Arcade
  • Show your pastor appreciation during Pastor Appreciation Month

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