Our mission is to provide an objective critique on the materials we review while at the same time sharing insights from a Christian perspective. We’ll also highlight ways movies and video games can be used as illustrations to encourage us in our Christian walks or as common ground for starting conversations with non-Christians.
What’ll you’ll find in our reviews:
First and foremost, hopefully you’ll find a thoughtful review of a movie or video game. Here at the guide, we love movies and video games; we love watching them and we love playing them. We especially enjoy them when they’re good, so when we review a movie or game, one of the main things we want you to know is whether or not it’s worth your time and money. We also want to help you make discerning choices about what you watch and play. Being Christians, we can’t help but to view everything through a Biblical worldview and our reviews reflect that perspective. Finally, we also want to equip you with ways to use today’s media for not only your own walk as a Christian, but also as a tool to reach out to others. Each review will feature things to ponder for your own Christian walk, or things you can discuss with others. Think of them as a sort of pop-culture parables; biblical truths pulled from every today’s entertainment.
Our rating system:
We try to make our rating system as simple as possible. A score of 7 is a perfect score. Why 7? Well, it’s the number of perfection in the Bible (a little gimmicky, we know, but fun). A score of 0 is, well, something you should avoid at all costs. A score of 4 is right smack dab in the middle. Something rated a score of 4 is perfectly mediocre; not all that great, not all that bad. With video games, we’ll also break down each aspect of the game, from graphics to content, and score those individually. The final score doesn’t necessarily represent an average of those other scores, but the reviewers overall feeling about the game as a whole.
The ESRB Game rating system:
Many people are unaware that video games have ratings, just like movies. While these can help you figure out what games are appropriate to play, they aren’t the most definitive way to do so, but they are helpful. Here’s how they break down:
ESRB Rating Symbols
Titles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.
Titles rated E (Everyone) have content that may be suitable for ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.
Titles listed as RP (Rating Pending) have been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating. (This symbol appears only in advertising prior to a game’s release.)
For more about the ESRB and their ratings system, visit www.esrb.org.
Justin and Yo!
Justin here, self proclaimed movie buff, game addict, and my wife would say decent guy if I don’t let those first two items get in the way too much. I got Yo topped on game history, I started gaming in 1983 on an Atari, I was hooked instantly with pong! Yes pong. Just to be fair I was 6-1/2 so I am not that old. Eventually my Atari collection was over 30 games before I got into Commodore 64 games followed by NES! Once NES came out, my life as a gamer was solidified. I followed with SNES, PS1, PS2, and PS3 (yes I skipped some in between systems…) Movies were also an early passion. My parents, perhaps to some ill effects, had me engaged in movies early in life. Elementary school parties were often sleep overs to watch movies all night long. So lets just say, for as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed movies and games and continue to enjoy them to this very day. Only two things can top movies and games, family (who often engage in the same games and movies) and God who I try to ensure would be pleased with my movie and gaming experiences. I have followed Jesus for all my life and dedicated myself to His salvation 24 years ago and although there have been some slips and slides, I serve him faithfully to this day.
Hey there. I’m Yo, I love Jesus, I love movies, and I love video games. I also love discovering the eternal truths that are revealed to us in the stories of movies and video games. I became a Christian when I was six and I’ve never looked back. I became a gamer in 1999 when my brothers got me a N64 for a wedding present, and I also never looked back. I’ve always loved movies, and took several classes in college that explored mythology and symbolism and all that interesting stuff about why certain things are included in movies to tell their stories. Now I use those insights and skills to point people to Biblical truth through that same symbolism, mythologies, and story beats found in movies and video games. My thinking is simple, really, the eternal can be found in the everyday. The more time we spend in the eternal — in prayer, Bible study, fellowship, memory verses, worship and so forth — the more we’ll see how the everyday can lead people to Biblical Truth.