What Counts as Playing the Game?

After really enjoying Fire Emblem: Three Houses last year, I wanted to go back and explore the series. So I decided to play the remake of the first game for the Nintendo DS. The only problem is that fans of the series don’t like Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. At a glance, the game didn’t seem …

The Kingdom of God in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Every week at church, I watch people line up to take communion. The act involves eating a bit of bread and drinking a bit of wine (or juice for the teetotalers and the underaged). But this is not simply a tiny appetizer, served in anticipation of some a larger meal to be eaten later. The …

Spider-Man: Heroism vs. Essentialism

The narrative tradition of any culture throughout history tends to produce stories that echo that culture’s values, fears, and aspirations. From the fertile soil of mythical conflict springs forth the archetypal hero. Arguably, there is no narrative tradition more distinctly American than the superhero comic. And the caped protagonists of those pages are the embodiment …