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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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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)

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  • 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)

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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)

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!

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

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 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!

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)

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!

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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