Welcome to Episode 26 of Christian Gaming Podcast!
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It is January 19, 2020!
I am your host Rainna SwiftSage
Jesus replied to the Devil in Matthew 4:4 "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” that so make sure you get your Bible study on before you hop in game!
What did I learn in the bible this week?
Favorite Bible Verse?
Ephesians 5:16, ESV: "making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."
2020 has arrived and with that comes a fresh new year. For many that means New years resolutions pop up all over filling the new batch of days with hope and good intentions. There are also many who will not hop on that new years buzz train and will continue moving forward into 2020 picking up where they left off in 2019. Whichever side you find yourself gravitating too, one thing I find refreshing is the option to use this time to start a change if you have been feeling led to do so. THats where I found myself.
For me, this year has been a great one! Not only does it mark a year since I have been recording this podcast, but it is another year where I can celebrate God. I have also felt led to make needed changes in my life , and among those how I spend my time. My inspiration for change in 2020 came from God inspiring me to continue to make changes and was solidified by an advertisement I saw for a product being sold on Amazon. A product called “The NoPhone Original Cell Phone” popped up on my FB feed so I took the bait and followed the link and found myself on a page with what looked like a smart phone being sold for 15$? I thought, “what the biscuits is an original No Phone!?”
Upon reading the description I found my answer, “ It has no data plan, no camera, no battery, no Wi-Fi but is completely toilet-bowl resistant! It's the perfect phone for someone who uses their phone too much!” It goes on to say in the Product Description, “The NoPhone is a fake phone for people who are addicted to real phones. As seen on ABC's Shark Tank, the NoPhone offers the only true alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact.” It brags that , “ Over 12,000 NoPhone have been Sold.
The NoPhone is a technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world. The NoPhone was awarded #1 Useless Gadget of 2015, beating out the Apple Watch.” “ No Wifi. No Camera. No Phone.
With a thin, light and completely wireless design, the NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment.”
So Even though reading the descriptions is hilarious, the product being sold was screaming a bigger message. It was a mirror that I chose to look into. Was that their intent while also making bank? Maybe? I found it interesting though that that this “No Phone and the Bible were actually on the same page. When Paul wrote In Ephesians 5:15
Ephesians 5:15-18 English Standard Version (ESV)
“15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
I do not count myself among the many that are truly addicted to their phones or social media, but I do have it with me wherever I go and I am always listening to something . Podcasts, YouTube Channels, Sermons, music…. and that means I always have the option to pick my phone up and scroll out of convenience.
I have changed a couple of things to help me spend less time on my phone and to use that time to consume better content.
The bluetooth headphones my sister got me for christmas has really cut that down because I can move freely about the house without being tethered and that has helped.
I also downloaded the Dwell app to my phone so I can listen to the Bible being read as I go about my business.
Preview each of our voices reading
a selection of Scripture.
Read by people who love the Bible as much as you do.
Original music composed exclusively for Scripture.
Experience the Bible through stories, key passages, themed playlists, or listening plans.
Commissioned especially by Dwell to illuminate the Word.
Annual One year of Dwell. 29.99 /year Lifetime
Lifetime access with a one-time purchase. 149.99
So , I am definitely encouraging you to enter this new year taking a second look at your life and find ways that you can make the most of every minute in a way that can glorify God . Remove the negative and toxic content, routines and people from your days.
Carrier Pigeon has arrived with some mail!
Just started listening to your podcast a few weeks ago. Thought it would be to "preachy" for me, but it is just right and a great listen. Keep up the great show. Hope that you and your have a wonderful Christmas Season.
Games that don't make you feel like you're compromising our faith!
Answering Six Big Questions About I Am Jesus Christ
The StadiaTeam has released some news on all they have been working on!
Some of them content they have released and been working on is:
Added more great games to the Stadia library, including six titles to Stadia Pro
Welcomed Typhoon Studios to our Stadia Games and Entertainment family
Updated all Chromecast Ultras so you can play Stadia on more screens
Rolled out more features to Stadia including Google Assistant functionality and Achievements
Delivered a multiplayer first for gamers with Stream Connect's debut in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Surprised Stadia founders with a second buddy pass to game with more of their friends.
Gamers can expect more features coming to Stadia in Q1 and beyond. A key benefit of our platform is that we can add these features without any updates or downloads, and we’re starting to roll out the following over the next three months:
Support for 4k gaming on the Web
Add further Assistant functionality when playing on the Web
Support additional Android Phones
Wireless gameplay on the Web through the Stadia controller
Man hijacks Portland airport monitor to play video games, until PDX officials declare ‘game over
According to Port of Portland spokesperson Kama Simonds, who spoke with KXL News Thursday morning, early in the morning, a traveler plugged his Playstation 4 into a monitor that showed a map of the airport.
Operations supervisors approached the gamer, Simonds said, “and very kindly asked this person to unplug and cease using the monitors at the airport.”
According to Simonds, the man asked “very politely” if he could finish his game. Sadly for him, the answer was no.
“Apparently it was a very polite and cordial interaction,” Simonds said, calling it “a good reminder of what not to do at the airport.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed
Cyberpunk 2077, was supposed to be out this April, but it isn't going to make it. CD Projekt Red tweeted the news on Jan 16th, 202 and has been rescheduled to release in September 17.
Epic's weekly free games will continue through 2020
Epic is plans to spoil us with free games through 2020. They are prepared to supply us with 52 free games on the Epic Store this year. At the time of writing, platformer Horace is on offer for free. On the 23rd, the freebie will swap to puzzle game The Bridge.
Valve's Index VR headset is sold out everywhere
With just two months or so until the launch of Half-Life: Alyx, Valve is still struggling to meet demand for its Index VR headset.
They are sold out across the globe and as of January 14th, 202 they are only available in Japan.
A ‘Games Under $20’ sale at the PlayStation Store leads MLK Day weekend’s best gaming deals!
The PlayStation Store is having a “Games Under $20” sale, with discounted PS4 games all under $19.99. Some quality indie games as well as older classics are on sale, including our favorite game of 2019, Outer Wilds.
With all its games looking the same, Ubisoft shakes up its editorial team
Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s launch, similarity to The Division 2, triggered the change
Free To Play Fiesta!
Current Epic Free Game
Epic Free games for January 2020
Horace Normally costs $14.99 but it is free for us until January 23rd 2020 until 11am est
"The best platformer of 2019." Horace is a huge platforming adventure which pushes the boundaries of the genre with a profound story of a small robot learning of life, the universe and Douglas Adams. Made by video game lovers for video game lovers!
When Horace is no longer free for us on the epic games store, another one will take its place.
The Bridge is a logic puzzle game that forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M.C. Escher. Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor while venturing through impossible architectures. The bridge will be free from January 23 2020 until January 30 2020.
Darwin Project on steam
RELEASE DATE: Jan 13, 2020 DEVELOPER: Scavengers Studio PUBLISHER:Scavengers Studio
Darwin Project takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched. It's called "Darwin Project" and it challenges 10 participants to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous arena.
- SPECTATOR EXPERIENCE:
Through the Spectator Experience Extension, viewers can impact each Darwin Project match in several groundbreaking ways:
Cast votes to choose the target of a Power activated by the Show Director
Place bets on which inmate or team they think will emerge victorious
Bid for Powers normally reserved for Show Directors & unleash them in a Private Match
- SHOW DIRECTOR:
The Show Director is the living bridge between the players and spectators. He/She is the host and master who controls the arena with nuclear bombs, zone closures, gravity storms, and the power of their voice. This could be a real tool of self discovery; the start of your new career as a charming but deadly game show host.
CARAVAN STORIES AIMING INC.
PSN Game Released Sep 10, 2019
Live for the journey!
Do you ever find yourself with a similar feeling of wanderlust?
Vast open prairies, mystical forests as far as the eye can see, barren lands covered in rocky outcroppings...all places to visit alongside your friends and allies.
Caravan Stories is where you can find exactly what you're looking for.
First, pick what race you'd like to go on your adventure as.
Entice characters into joining you on your adventure, then explore the endless landscapes to your heart's content.
Time spent adventuring in your lively Caravan surrounded by your many allies is surely an exciting experience you won't soon forget.
Come, your adventure awaits!!
3D Display with compatible 3D glasses (sold separately) required for 3D features.
Remote Play requires PS Vita system and sufficiently robust Wi-Fi connection.
Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service
During my travels through the gaming community this weeks via social media, forums, and websites I have decided to share some of what I've Found with you! :)
As we are going into our gaming realms this week, let us be intentional and mindful with our actions.
What’s something we can do to glorify God in and out of game?
Please let me know what you came up with!
Let's keep our brothers and sisters all over the world in our prayers.
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