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The People Speak - Separation Of Church And Orth

Posted on Wednesday, April 10 @ 16:44:49 Eastern by

I'm not a religious person, but Alex's honest exploration of the way video games clash with his faith encouraged quite a bit of discussion! The commenters weren't hurting for executive fodder this week either. I'd never heard of Adam Orth before the comments he made about an always-online Xbox, but I'm sure his bosses know him by name now (because they have to sign his last check).

Don't forget to pat THEundying27 on the back for moving from 2nd place into 1st this week. He takes home top billing in this week's TPS report with everyone else not being as good as him at commenting... or making dick jokes. Remember, you can see the full string of comments by clicking on the link directly below each user's name.

For the week: 414 active commenters wrote 1715 comments

#1 - THEundying27
Separation Of Church And Game: Reconciling My Faith With My Hobby

24 Thumbs Up - 0 Thumbs Down

My dick

#2 - NecroWolf
Separation Of Church And Game: Reconciling My Faith With My Hobby

22 Thumbs Up - 1 Thumbs Down

Does it strip away your credibility as a game critic? Absolutely not, Alex. I've never read a review that seemed biased one way or another from you. On top of that, I think your inability to separate the two actually lends a level of personality to reviews that you post, and honestly, makes you a more interesting gamer. See, most of us don't have that problem. You are in a unique position to look at a game with an interesting question, "Does it fall in line with my beliefs?" That by itself makes the decision whether or not to like a game a far more personal than most. A lot of us are just, "Eh, decent graphics, ok storyline." You though, you've got to look deeper.

I'm not religious, in fact I dislike organized religion. However, I don't judge others for their beliefs, to each their own. If you take solace in it, and through your experiences trying to serve your Creator, making yourself into a better person for it, go for it man.

Also much respect for posting something from the heart.

#3 - reiandcoke
Microsoft Creative Director On Always-On Xbox 720: "Deal With It"

16 Thumbs Up - 0 Thumbs Down

Does something nobody wants. Tells them to "deal with it". Ya, this isn't going to go over well.

#4 - cheesegod99
Separation Of Church And Game: Reconciling My Faith With My Hobby

15 Thumbs Up - 2 Thumbs Down

I'm an atheist, but I don't look down on people of faith - religion is just something I don't personally need in my life, but it can definitely help other people find purpose, meaning, direction, and support, and I think those are good things. I don't think being a religious person makes you a worse critic - we need all sorts of people looking at games from different perspectives in order to have a fully realized and mature discussion about the games we play. I would encourage you to try not to shy away from games that make you feel uncomfortable because of your faith, but instead explore why that is, because especially as a critic, your perspective on those things is all the more important.

#5 - KaiserKold
Microsoft Creative Director On Always-On Xbox 720: "Deal With It"

14 Thumbs Up - 0 Thumbs Down

Someone better shut his mouth, because the PS4 is beginning to look mighty fine these days. I haven't liked a single damned thing I've heard about the next Xbox...

And this is coming from a Xbox die-hard who doesn't own a PS3.


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