Gaming sites are a dime a dozen these days, with new blogs popping up everywhere. Most are carbon copies of what are readily in the masses online, and does not provide a unique approach or angle that makes them stand out to readers.
Christ Centered Gamer is far from the norm here, and has set out to not only provide quality reviews, but to also do in a manner in which provides useful content for those that might not want to experience violence, sexual content or bad language when playing a game. This is especially helpful for determining appropriate titles for your kids. It gives a great impression of the game itself on both a technical and moral level for those interested. Excellent site and one to bookmark for all gaming enthusiasts!
The folks over at Christ Centered Gamer has always been very friendly towards me. So no matter if it's been questions about advice, suggestions, help or life in general, CCG has had my back.
I wish more people would be like the people behind CCG, because then the world would be a better place for sure.
Robin Ek, TGG.
I am a Reverend with the Holiness Movement, I love that there is a place for parents to evaluate games through a moral lens. With so many options for kiddos to get involved in, it is a breathe of fresh air that there is a gaming community that considers the spiritual effect of the games on the player. A gaming community that offers safe platforms for kids, but also reviews games for their content. Thank You Christ Centered Gamer
Christ Centered Gamer is one of the few sites that reviews games apolitically while remaining exceptionally high quality, as well. Each review goes into detail about the game from both a lore standpoint (if it has any) and how it plays, all while keeping any moral judgements completely separate from the review. A recent example is the Battletech review that they put up, prominantly featuring in the first line, completely isolated: "Thank you Paradox Interactive for sending us this game to review!" The fact that they are immediately up front with a potential conflict of interest, no matter that it might be only as minor as being gifted a copy to review, shows the upstanding morals that Cheryl Gress and her staff commit to every day.
Furthermore, while each review does separate moral judgements from the game, that's not to say that none are made, either; they've implemented a unique system wherein the game's intrinsic value as a game is rated, weighted in descending order from gameplay, graphics, sound, stability, and controls, and then presents a moral rating, rating it based on its violence, language, sexual content, occult/supernatural content, and overall cultural/moral/ethical content, most of which are useful metrics even if one isn't Christian. I first learnt about Christ Centered Gamer four years ago or so, and I STILL go back and read their reviews, because they are just so professionally done and they show a genuine appreciation for games and gaming. Cheryl, if you or your staff are reading this, thank you for all the high quality content.
Christ Centered Games has an entirely unique approach to game reviews and game reporting in general that can be particularly useful for Christian parents who are worried about the games being played by their children.
Separating the game score from the morality score is a great idea as it gives you an overview of the content some people might find questionable, but without punishing the game itself for it.
They have a bias, it comes from their belief system and world view. And that's fine, everyone has a bias, whether they admit it or not. What separates CCG from other review websites is that they're able set to the moral sticking points apart from the game play. Unlike certain other game review websites, they focus on both "is this game good for you?" and "is this game good?"
I can tell you for a fact, I know people who don't share religious beliefs with this site that trust the unbiased GAMEPLAY reviews - they have two separate scales that they weigh games on - "is the game good for you?" - which stems from their religious beliefs - does it have excessive drug use? Does it have excessive sexual content? These can be great indicators about how appropriate the game is for children too. The other scale is - how does it do as a game? Is it even a good game? Does the gameplay suck? Is it poorly written(I've seen CCG give a game an excellent moral score, but terrible gameplay score, and vice versa - they positively reviewed south park the stick of truth from a gameplay perspect, but the moral score bombed, which isn't surprising.)
Ultimately, CCG reviews games from a unique perspective, and I'm glad I got the chance to write for them.
Lately on the internet is rare to find legit honest and proffesional Game reviewers that arent swing by money or other influences and they have done a great job to be fair and informative while promoting the great world that games are and We need this type of organizations more than ever on this ever growing medium, I wish them the best and hopefully they can continue growing and I hope we can continue this mutual beneficial relationship
Consistently puts out reviews that are helpful, either at glance with their number rating system or in detail in their articles.
Christ Centered Gamer is great because it regularly produces solid content and reviews on a whole variety of different types of games. It also gives several avenues to allow people to receive their content. I regularly get their reviews from both Facebook and their Steam curator page.
I am also a game designer whose game was reviewed by Cheryl Gress from CCG. She was awesome throughout the entire process! She communicated quickly and professionally and her review was timely and thoughtful!
This gamming community, Is one of the best I have been with.
As a Christian and a Gamer, they help balance everything.