Where is the line drawn?

There are easily millions of video games out there, so it stands to reason that some of them will contain some very bad material. You could say that this was the point of creating websites like this one; parents need to know when a game contains something they don't agree with. The problem here is that there will eventually be games that feature content that crosses too many lines to even be considered for review.

To deal with this, I maintain a small private blacklist. The games on this list won't be reviewed, as they are simply too incompatible with a Christian lifestyle. On the plus side, parents generally won't need to worry about buying these games in brick and mortar stores. Major retailers won't sell anything that the ESRB has given an adults only rating, nor will they sell anything that hasn't been rated by them. Online stores however, are more lax about this, but still impose strict limits on the games they offer. Most of the worst games can only be found by looking for them on purpose, which is also why the blacklist itself will never be made public.

What sort of games are blacklisted?

Not everything listed on the blacklist is there forever, nor is everything listed there because its content is that horrific. Some games are only there temporarily, as I don't want to review them before they are ready. To give you a better idea of what's on the blacklist, here are some examples.

Erotic games
There are a lot of games out there that are simply interactive porn. For obvious reasons, I'm not interested in trying these out or even reviewing them, as Christians really shouldn't be messing around with pornography in the first place.


Games that glorify tragedy
A truly disturbing side of humanity is the way some people are attracted to stories and media about terrible events, such as school shootings. Unfortunately, there are games out there that let you experience the "thrill" of commiting school shootings and other horrible actions. The fact that these games even exist churns my stomach, and it goes without saying that I'm not going to talk about them very much, let alone play and review them.


Early Access and Beta titles
Early Access is a service on Steam through which games that are still in development can be played before they are officially released. Beta software is the more common term for this stage of a program's lifecycle, but it's clear that the developers are still working on things either way. These games won't be reviewed simply because it's not fair to evaluate someone's work before they've finished it. Doing so is like grading a test before the student has had a chance to work on it. Once they are released, I'm free to review them like any other title. Sadly, a lot of interesting games spend years stuck in Early Access, so by the time they are actually released it's possible that nobody will care anymore.