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Worship in the Right Clothes

Many years ago when I was a teenager, I was asked by a friend if I would be interested in helping him film a wedding. He had a video production business and needed a second camera operator for the day, and even though I had no real experience, I guess he assumed I caught on to things quickly. Or perhaps he just needed a warm body to push the big red “record” button. You can probably safely assume...

Fast Food Worship

The other day Megan and I went to Sonic to grab some slushes. We brought both of the puppies along, with the idea of getting them what I call “Puppy Tots,” which are basically just tater tots that become fodder for gaping puppy maws. Of course, they loved them. Curious as to Sonic’s version of tater tots, I tried one for myself. Of course, it was terrible. At first it has a reasonably good taste...

The Poverty of Digital Art

Sometimes I look back over the multitude of projects I have worked on over my relatively brief career as a designer, and it makes me tired. Half of the time I don’t even remember working on this design or that animation, and after time they begin to blend together. Most of them I remember with a bit of a cringe, while at best my favorites elicit a “oh, that was kind of cool.” At the beginning of...

Sonic Mania Review

If you are somewhere between your mid-20’s or mid-40’s, then you have played Sonic the Hedgehog. It doesn’t matter if you actually had a Sega Genesis or not; perhaps you had late night gaming sessions at your friend’s house (and let’s be honest, you no longer remember their names…), or maybe you were doing speed runs on Green Hill Zone on the demo system at...

Hyper Light Drifter Review

We all have our demons to face down, and sometimes words fall short of expressing what is existentially wrought. In fact, often times words would only muddy what otherwise exists in a state of perfect and serene clarity.  And even 16-bit sprites can’t always outrun the shadows. Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine is a hack-and-slash pixel art adventure that offers no words but instead...

Moon Hunters Review

Does every story have just one interpretation? Or does one learn something new with each telling? The answers to these questions form the crux of the story in Moon Hunters: The Personality RPG.  This beautiful pixel art based RPG is deceptively short and sweet, veiling a deeper story and exploration-based unlockables behind multiple play-throughs. In fact, this game is intended for lots of...

Seasons After Fall Review

If you were an innocent forest creature suddenly possessed by a spirit intent on jettisoning the cycle of seasons in favor of her own misguided ends, what might you be feeling? And if that disembodied spirit looked down over your now lifeless body, would you wish for it back? These are a few questions not exactly posed by Seasons After Fall, a 2D puzzle-platformer released by Swing Swing...

UnRavel Review

UnRavel is a part-platform, part-puzzle game for Xbox One. The protagonist is Yarny, a self-aware bundle of yarn attempting to reclaim lost memories and piece together the joys and losses of a family through a lifetime. Your journey takes you through fields and forests and industrial waste dumping grounds, all suffused with beauty and regret. Gameplay  The game mechanic is fairly simple...

How Pop Culture Makes the Church Stupid

It’s that time of year again. Summer is in full swing, the sun is blazing in all its effulgent glory, and churches turn to Hollywood to supply the spiritual content for their dwindling summer contingent. That’s right, it’s time for the dreaded At The Movies series that will be performed in some fashion or another at an ungodly number of churches at some point during the dog days of summer. The...

Abzu Review

Every so often you have a chance to play a game that is so unconventional that it really stays with you. Abzu is one of those games. I recently had a chance to play through it, and wanted to write a mini-review. While there are some elements of conventional gameplay in Abzu (some light puzzle-ing, do this action to open this door, exploration etc.), at its core it feels much more like an exercise...

RiME Review

Imagine that you awoke washed up on an unfamiliar shore. Your memories lie fragmented, reawakened in flashes of loss and regret. A mysterious land sprawls out before you, dominated by an immense tower which reaches towards the sky. You don’t know why you are here, but the tower draws you near. In such a situation, what would you feel? Fear at the loss of memory and the unfamiliarity of your...

Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

I confess to being a newbie to the Mass Effect series, having little to no familiarity with the previous installments beyond what my friend Brandon has explained to me. However, I recently had some downtime and a couple Xbox gift cards to spend, and Xbox was doing a summer sale on games, letting me pick this one up for a nice little discount. I had, of course, heard about many of the early...

Ori and the Blind Forest Review

Some video games are captivating because of the game mechanic, while others are able to bring emotional catharsis to bear. But Ori and the Blind Forest, by Moon Studios (released by Microsoft Studios), is a game that is able to weld breathtaking beauty with a minimalistic yet deep emotional pathos, all while continually improving upon its fundamental game mechanic. You play Ori, a young Spirit...

How Creativity Murders Worship in the Face

In his remarkable book The Spirit of the Liturgy, Benedict XVI draws out a fascinating insight from the story of the Exodus. Generally we tend to perceive Moses’ confrontation with Pharaoh as entirely concomitant with the ultimate result of the Exodus, which is the Hebrews’ freedom from Egypt and the eventual goal of the Promised Land. But in looking carefully at Moses’ encounter with Egypt’s...

Learning Theology with Carmina Gadelica: The Communion of Saints

Part One: The Trinity Part Two: Christ Part Three: Christian Hope Part Four: Holy Spirit Gaelic lands were infused with saints: Ireland had its St. Patrick and was deemed the land of ten thousand saints; Scotland was evangelized by St. Columba (Colum Cille) and St. Brigid (Bride) of Kildare. These figures infused the imagination, both elaborating and embellishing upon their real and/or legendary...

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