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Beyond Rated-M: Finding Comedy in Liyla and The Shadows of War

Liyla and The Shadows of War* is a roughly ten minute-long mobile platformer about a father attempting to keep his family alive in the midst of a warzone. To be honest, it’s a short story that could have worked in … Continue reading

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Beyond Rated-M: A HITMAN for Everyone

Developers IO Interactive use a streamlined UI, refined mechanics, and options for increased guidance to make the newest HITMAN an experience anyone interested in the franchise can enjoy. Christian gamers will be pleased to know the new HITMAN* (at this point at … Continue reading

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Star Wars: X-Wing & Star Wars: Tie Fighter Streams

Thanks to GOG (whose Bundleopolis sale I covered in our stream of LucasArts FPS Outlaws), I played revolutionary flight simulators Star Wars: X-Wing* and Star Wars: Tie Fighter* for the first time. If you’re interested in the design, history, and … Continue reading

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Beyond Rated-M: 4 Reasons Hitman GO and Hitman: Blood Money Are the Same Game

I dived into Hitman: Blood Money and puzzley spin-off Hitman GO to show how they’re remarkably similar experiences–appearances notwithstanding. Buy Hitman GO: Definitive Edition (PC–Steam) Buy HITMAN 2016 (PC–Steam) — I’m happy to say this video marks the beginning of my transition … Continue reading

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Beyond Rated-M: Forgotten Classics (LucasArts’ Outlaws)

LucasArts’ Outlaws is a fantastic first-person shooter that seems to have somehow slipped through the cracks for many old-school gamers. In this episode of Beyond Rated-M, I streamed Outlaws to discuss its unique approach to an extremely crowded genre. The Bundleopolis … Continue reading

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Beyond Rated-M: Beyond “Why?” in Black Desert Online

I dived into highly-acclaimed sandbox MMO Black Desert Online* to explore how combining traditional MMO systems with endless compulsion loops can make your actions feel insignificant, and an open-world seem smaller than ever. Christian players may want to pay special … Continue reading

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Beyond Rated-M: Going Beyond Emotional Empathy in Slow Down, Bull

Developers Insomniac Games and Lisa Brown use game design and a gorgeous homemade aesthetic to promote emotional empathy in fantastic family-friendly title, Slow Down, Bull.* Support Slow Down, Bull (Steam) *Slow Down, Bull was received for review/coverage. See our statement of ethics here and … Continue reading

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Beyond Rated-M: Else.HeartBreak()

Though I can’t wholeheartedly recommend Else.HeartBreak()‘s* gameplay due to factors including objectionable moral content (the plot virtually requires the player to engage in stalker-like behavior, use of/references to drugs and alcohol, etc.), the freedom it offers provides compelling lessons for … Continue reading

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Christian Games Done Right: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)

*Sources of screenshots are listed in their respective file names. __________________________________________ That Dragon, Cancer* (TDC) gameplay footage and discussion from the Video Games and the Bible YouTube channel: That Dragon, Cancer was created by predominantly Christian-staffed independent studio Numinous Games. Among these developers are … Continue reading

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Beyond Rated-M Plays Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition

In this stream/series of Let’s Play episodes, I explore how the base game of Dying Light offers important game design lessons about humanization, first-person combat, the role of sound, and more. In our next stream focusing on this title, I … Continue reading

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