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Editorial Video Games

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 so bad. In fact, the Metacritic score for the game is a respectable 81. Besides all of that, I’m enough of a weirdo that my interest in any given video game is not so easily swayed by consensus—or lack thereof. I chose to play the game. However, I did so in a way that was increasingly removed from the original game, which raises a question.

Did I actually play Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon?

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The Ones I Finished Video Games

Game 219 — Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

I’ve finished my 219th video game. Here is a very short review:

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Editorial Video Games

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 elements of communion have significant symbolic meaning for Christians. As I observe this tradition week after week, I am moved by the diversity of people who come together in remembrance, and I think the Kingdom of God must be a place where people of every kind are offered a seat at the table.