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we're not fallen, we're all exalted. it's only your belief that drags you down.Do you mean this in a Christian or non-Christian sense? From my point of view, we are still fallen, imperfect. When we die or Christ comes back, we will then be exalted. The only exaltation we have on this Earth is through Christ, certainly not anything that falls within our power.
It might be difficult, true, but in the end in video games you're usually helping good people and fighting bad people, so that's a good thing.That's always been the way most of these games played out. Fighting evil forces. There's a lot of context there.
I personally don't like the game where you are a bad person, unless it is for spoof. Valkiriye Profile : Plume of whatever for the DS immediately disgusted me in that matter : Your only goal is to kill as many people as possible. I just hated the gamen, and now that I mention it I should sell it as soon as I'll get the time.
My overall opinion is my motto for life in general:Precisely. There are lots of things that, in moderation, are perfectly fine (including drinking, which I choose not too!). It's doing them to excess that causes problems. And I have to admit, I've probably edged over that line with gaming from time to time.
All things in moderation.
When I was a Christian (long ago), I found it hard to be a gamer. One, because the money I spent on games I felt I should have been donating to my church instead or to aid organizations for the poor. Secondly, while I was virtually murdering fake people I always thought to myself that I should have been spending that time legitimately helping real life people instead. And then I would question myself as to why I felt any joy at all when I killed things in video games, or why I'd rather put 20 hours a week into a game instead of into studying the Bible. Honestly, it was a difficult hobby to justify when I was a Christian. Hey maybe that can be a topic for your next Bible study!There's some truth to that. As long as it's not excessive, it's one of those cases where I don't think God minds. After all, we're told to enjoy the fruit of our labors. So we don't have to live an impoverished and destitute life to help others. I also still give a lot to local charities and the church, although I feel I could probably do more (I'm only toeing up to the 10% line, that's supposed to be the minimum).
I can see where you are coming from, I always enjoyed the older TR games and the newer werent werent too bad. Alas, this one seems like a morbid twist and not in the cool sense, specially considering my deviant preferences.Looking at it, it's definitely more morbid. The older games were typical Prince of Persia+guns+T&A, but they've upped the ante, here. If I get around to playing it at some point (and I likely will), I'll probably have some remarks about the excessive violence and T&A as well. Again, context is important, however.
I find it interesting that as explicitly violent as the new TR is, that Sarge is interested in it. I'm not trying to be inflammatory or imply he's a hypocrite. It's just that he sometimes has problems with games when they have exploitative nudity or female skin bearing... but he's okay with vicious murder? As a Christian man, does this not bother you Sarge? I mean, Exodus 20:13 for example? I'm not trying to mock you, I promise I'm not, I'm genuinely curious as to how the violence doesn't bother you but the T&A does.Mainly 'cause I'm a flaming hypocrite. I'm not afraid to say it myself. I have problems with both, and when I say I'm interested, it's that I've always enjoyed the Tomb Raider games, or at least the recent ones. This one... does seem to be a substantial bit more violent. I'm not big on the uber-violence, either. If something is good enough, I'll put up with it. Probably not what I should be doing, but there it is. (I mean, for crying out loud, I played through God of War. Distasteful at many, many points, but there it is.)
There was no reason to grind in the dawn of souls remake. I played through that without grinding and had no issues with difficulty at all.Yep. I played through the rebalanced version, and it helped the game's pacing a ton.
The original FF2 for nes was a different story though. All the grind issues were addressed in dawn of souls.
I'll admit I didn't find their reviews to be very good... however, often 1UP had some really great articles and independent features highly worth reading.Yeah, their features were much more interesting. I think Parish is landing at IGN, who they had merged with last year. They were already in pretty bad condition, from what I understand.
Well I hope Parish keeps Gamespite going and he finds work somewhere else. Hey, maybe Shall We Game should hire him.