It's in the name: "Christ-centered Gamer." It's a breath of fresh among the San Francisco-headquartered big boys in the video game news area, and it serves a very particular purpose for reviewing video games from a moral standpoint, and not just in the actual gameplay quality.
Great place to understand gaming and receive a moral rating of the games
A fantastic community who strives to pursue Christ through the gaming community, a place where Jesus is typically undervalued!
My experience with this nonprofit organization is that it has professionalism and sensitivity. The reviews are detailed, but clear, and separately make a moral analysis to explain what content could be considered questionable to christian standards, and therefore, things that people have to watch out. Their catalog of reviewed games can be from the most popular titles, to the obscure and most specific titles. Its transparency is also notable as well.
Overall, it's a nice experience.
Christ Centered Gamer provides a unique service to the gaming community - they provide a moral look into video games, in addition to more traditional information that can be found in game reviews. This allows players and parents the ability to make informed decisions in what to play and purchase. Even non-Christians have praised the site for its approach, calling it even more reliable and informative than many other video game review sites. They also provide a family-friendly Minecraft server for those who want a safe site for themselves - or their children - to play this popular video game. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get another perspective on various games.
Cheryls website is among the most fair minded I've ever seen, even when she's giving reviews to content other websites would never begin to talk about.
The fact that her gaming has a religious slant to it has to have some value for more conservative people interesting in gaming.
We've engaged in conversations, read the content, and seen their work on Social media.
We love what they do and how they help parents understand video game content and how to talk to their kids about video games.
Its a very even handed website while reviewing games from a Christian perspective. Highly recommended.
As a Christian and and avid fan of video games, it can be really hard to enjoy certain games and discuss them with others from a Christian perspective. Christ Centered Gamer however is a fantastic outlet for this and greatly helps with highlighting the positive and smart design choices of a game from a gameplay standpoint and the secular moral situations within it as well without letting the latter devalue the former.
In an environment full of clickbait, spins, misrepresentation, and opinion pieces presented as a game review, Christ Centered Gamer gives you the full take o a game utilizing a unique system - 1 that tells you the games strengths and weakness as to playability, story, framerates etc etc, one can say a secular rating, and then one based upon their faiths viewpoint, up front and no hidden agenda. It is one of the two games sights that I frequently visit and would recommend to all gamers, regardless of faith or Ideology.
I have been in the video game industry since it began. I remember when CCGR first came into existence. They look at video games from two stand points. The first is the games graphics, audio, controls, and gameplay. The second is the moral, ethical, and safety for families. CCGR consistently stands for morals, ethics, integrity, class, and transparency. They shine as a light for Christ in the video game industry while not offending Christian haters. I think their editor in chief has been inducted into the FFG Hall of Fame.
Christ Centered Gamer may come at the video gaming hobby from a specific agenda, but it does so clearly and provides the best coverage of gaming available today. Fantastic resource for parents!
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