From Across the Net – “What Hath Gondor to do with Geneva?”


This is a good read.

There are many other truths that Tolkien’s works reflect, but I would like to mention two. First, Tolkien’s works, and The Lord of the Rings in particular remind us that even the most seemingly insignificant among us are important. It can be argued, for example, that the hero of the Lord of the Rings is a gardener, a servant of the one who is usually considered the hero of the story. The steadfast loyalty, faithfulness, and perseverance of the hobbit Samwise is absolutely crucial to the success of the mission that will save Middle-earth. In the eyes of the world, Sam and the other hobbits in the fellowship are small, both literally and figuratively. But the role they play is just as important, if not more, than the role played by the great powers and kings in the story.

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Off Campus – Theology Gaming Podcast #65: The Worst Games


Last week, I had the privilege of sitting down with Zach, Ted, and Elijah to talk about some of the worst games ever. Expectations, marketing, and questionable game design elements fueled our discussion. I encourage you to tune in if only to listen to Ted sing a small portion of a Paula Abdul song. Yes, really.

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What are some of the worst games you’ve played?



The Fellowship had finally arrived at the gates of the dreaded Moria…little did they know that a director had been lost for a film dedicated to Uncle Bilbo’s youthful adventures…not that they would have cared.

As the Gulf of Mexico fills with oil, thus creating the darkest body of water on the planet, film buffs and nerds everywhere are bemoaning the loss of director Guillermo del Toro directing The Hobbit. Personally, I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing. However, Peter Jackson could be trying to position himself to direct the two Hobbit films. After the dismal performance of The Lovely Bones, Jackson may need a lifeboat.