Welcome to Reclaimer 105!
Remember the depth of gameplay and insightful storytelling of Pong? Yeah, me neither. Video games have come a long way since then. They have been criticized in the past as “mindless” and perhaps this has been true for portions of gaming history (this has also been used to describe those who play games). However, like every other medium of expression, video games are beginning to come into their own as a legitimate form of interactive storytelling and art (no matter what Roger Ebert says). Whenever people use a medium to tell a story, they use that story and medium to convey ideas and values. Video games are no longer mindless, my friends. It has been easy to write off video games and avoid taking them seriously (an Italian plumber jumping on turtles to save a princess from an evil reptile?), but now we have games like BioShock, Halo, Uncharted, Portal, and Fallout. Gaming has reached adulthood and it’s time to take them seriously.
Reclaimer 105 exists to encourage discussion around the ideas presented in today’s gaming culture. Wherever a story is being told, there will inherently be traces of the original Storyteller. Wherever a group of artists collaborate to create a story within a gaming experience, they will inevitably point to the one true Creator of all things. The goal of Reclaimer 105 is to “reclaim” the truth of God in gaming culture and discuss what ideas and values are being presented and how it relates to our lives. Each article will focus on a particular theme, game, or series of games and may also contain questions to stimulate discussion. Occasionally we may drift off into movies and TV shows as well. You are invited to read, laugh, ask further questions, discuss, disagree, and journey along as we seek to reclaim the truth within the messages being so creatively presented to us through games and gaming culture.
Please direct any feedback to reclaimer105(at)gmail(dot)com.