Rise of the Tomb Raider and the Bible

Last year, I did a short video series about playing through the first few hours of Rise of the Tomb Raider. These segments focus on the improvements in gameplay compared to the previous title,  and how often they are overshadowed by its approach to narrative and religion. This can particularly be seen in how Rise portrays its villains, the “Trinity” organization.

Yes, the bad guys are actually named Trinity.

Articles about Tomb Raider (2013)

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Beholder – Indie Game of the Year?

Beholder puts you in the role of a man attempting to take care of his family while fulfilling his duties as a landlord in a totalitarian dystopia.

You start out just spying on “suspicious” tenants for the government, and reporting crimes. Pretty soon, though, you’re identifying members of your own family as threats to the state. Planting surveillance cameras in the bedroom of the little old lady upstairs. Framing an obnoxious tenant by planting false evidence in their quarters.

My favorite part about the game is that you can feel this moral descent happening, but it’s optional. You start out believing you can be the exception. Then the bills begin to pile up, the directives more arbitrary, and you find your line in the sand obliterated before all-too-harsh reality.

I don’t think I’ve had a more intense experience in an indie game this year.

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Board Games and the Bible Review – Elections of US America Election: The Card Game

Thanks to the designers at Auroch Digital, I was able to play and review satirical card game, Elections of US America Election: The Card Game.

Contrary to initial impressions, the game isn’t a delivery device for cheap, pointed jokes about particular groups. It’s a storytelling device. Elections contains deliberately absurd scenarios, easy-to-learn mechanics, and unexpectedly strategic design – all to facilitate an experience that goes beyond that of a simple party game. Combining these elements with the trappings of a presidential race manages to turn what could have been a boring test of statistics into a surprising mirror of our admittedly weird electoral process.

I’m relatively new to the specialty board and card game space. However, Elections of US America Election: The Card Game is already among my family’s favorite physical games, and you can see why in the video review above.

–Nelson

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My Next Game Is Available Free For IF Comp 2016!

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Above, you’ll find the cover (created by the incredible Julian Adkins) for my new interactive-fiction video game: SCREW YOU, BEAR DAD!.

SCREW YOU, BEAR DAD! is a surreal comedy adventure about bears, puns, enthusiastic narrators, and elderly women in attack helicopters. It’s available for free as part of IF Comp 2016 here, and takes about an hour to complete! Please note that you must play/rate at least 5 titles for any of your votes to count.

Those interested in making similar games might dig my new series, The Joy of TwiningI’m streaming the creation of one of my next games, from beginning to end, every week. You can join me live on Twitch every Wednesday from 1-3 PM EST:

This series, along with Video Games and the Bible and my future creative work, will be made possible by Patreon. Please click the aforementioned link if you would like to support my stuff, and stay tuned for more game discussion/criticism from Video Games and the Bible!

–Nelson

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Christian Games Done Right Interview: John Wallie (Gebub’s Adventure)

I spoke with Christian designer John Wallie of chill 2D exploration game Gebub’s Adventure about using occasionally disregarded tools (Microsoft Paint, GameMaker, etc.) to make something incredible.

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All Hail The Spider God Postmortem/Lessons

Hello! Nelson of Video Games and the Bible, here.

I made a free, eerie interactive fiction adventure titled All Hail The Spider God. If you’re an aspiring Christian game developer, or simply wondering why I’d make something outside of the typical Christian wheelhouse, you can watch the video series below.

In this postmortem, I discuss the design decisions behind the game, lessons I learned making it, and how my faith as a Christian affected its development. This series contains a lot of spoilers as well, so if you’re interested in the game, play it through your browser at itch.io first.

Enjoy!

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New Video: Captain Forever Remix

Captain Forever Remix* is a 90’s-tinged roguelike spaceship builder, where you attempt to stop your brother King Kevin from taking over the Milky Way.

It’s rad, man.

And in all seriousness, the game’s combination of Saturday morning cartoon sensibilities and frantic physics action is incredibly compelling. It hasn’t received much attention, so if you find yourself pining for bowls of cold cereal and the bombastic animations of yesteryear, why not try this?

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