Work Together – Protector IV: Mercenary

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“The [Protector] world is simply brimming with possible heroic candidates. Each hero has their own statistics and commands 2 types of units. . . They can be equipped with up to 3 powerful items. They also have their own set of skills which you can increase. . .

Your character has various different skills that can be increases at the cost of expeirence (sic) points. These all improve various different things. . .

The Kingdom of Arkandia is a fascinating place filled with different factions all seeking more power and to expand their influence.” – from the “Protectorpedia” for Protector IV: Mercenary

“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?” – Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:28-30 (NIV)

If you cannot tell, I love video games. My favorite games are simple to understand and play, but have many layers of complexity. I also love stuff that is free. Running on a college budget without a steady job makes me scrutinize every dollar I spend. I was surprised a few weeks ago to find a game that was both free and simple to play, but complex: Protector IV: Mercenary. Continue reading

Consuming Treasure – Knights of the Old Republic

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Note: This blog post was actually made before I started this blog as a little tidbit to put up in our dorm’s bathroom. I am dedicating this post to Joel and Peter, who both complemented me on this post. This started the idea of making this blog.

“The Star Forge was constructed during the apex of the Infinite Empire’s power. A true technological marvel, it is an enormous space station that serves as both factory and battle dreadnaught… In many ways the Star Forge is like a living entity. It feeds, it hungers, it draws on the energy flowing through all living things… This ability to feed and consume the living energy of the Force is the key to the Star Forge’s power, but ultimately it was also what led to the destruction of the Infinite Empire.”
Rakata computer in Knights of the Old Republic

“‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ And [more importantly] where your heart is, your treasure is.”
Dr. Miller (Bible verse is Luke 12:34 (NIV))

These two quotes have been circulating in my mind for a few weeks now. Basically, we put our lives and heart into things that do not matter. Or we even put our lives into things that matter on this world, but not in the next. The only person that we should give our lives and hearts to is God. If we put our lives in other things, those things will “feed on” and eventually consume our lives. Continue reading

The True Hero – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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This post is dedicated to Robert, Johnathan, my grandfather, and any other American that has served in any branch of the US Military. You are a hero and thank you for your sacrifice.

“Five years ago, I lost 30,000 men in the blink of an eye. And the world just . . . watched.” – General Shepherd in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – Jesus in John 15:12-13 (NIV)

Tomorrow is July 4. It is the day that Americans sit outside with our family and friends and eat burgers off the grill. We might even watch a parade full of bands and firetrucks. Later that night, we sit around being eaten by mosquitoes and watch fireworks. Most importantly, we remember our nation’s declaration of freedom and those that have served to protect those freedoms. Continue reading

Betrayed – Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Spoilers)

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“Poor boy, the Sith always betray one another. But I’m sure you’ll learn that soon enough.” Jedi Shaak Ti to Galen Marak (aka Starkiller) in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

“You really think she’s free? She’ll carry the memories of what she’s done here, forever.” – Starkiller speaking of Maris Brood‘s guilt of attacking him in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Starkiller: “[The Emperor] deserves to die for what he’s done to me.”
Jedi General Rahm Kota: “Maybe so. But, if you kill him now, out of hatred, then you will be right back where you started.” – Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted.” – God in Isaiah 43:25-26 (NIV)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:38-40 (NIV)

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’  Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'” – Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)

Note: The following article contains crucial plot material about the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Most of the time, when people associate young adult men with a feeling of invincibility and acting stupid. We believe that we are indestructible and try to prove that we are. We believe that we can jump great distances, have super fast reflexes, and not be seriously injured when we fail. However, what really happens is that we fall down, break our leg, and have to go to the emergency room. Continue reading

God’s Truths from Video Games – Assassin’s Creed II

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“Nothing is true.” – Part of the assassins’ motto from Assassin’s Creed II

“Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” – Romans 1:19-20 (NIV)

“Then He [Jesus] told them many things in parables” – Matthew 3:13 (NIV)

This week was the E3 Expo. If you do not know what that is, it is an annual festival of mostly video game vendors trying to sell their future game or console. This year, the game that won Best Action Game of E3 2010 was the new Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. It is based on the same characters and setting as Assassin’s Creed II. Continue reading