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Bryan Hall

I know nothing. The longer that I am a dad the more I realize just how true this is. Sure, I’ll have seasons where I think I’ve got everything figured out… until I don’t. My son hits a new stage and suddenly the rules of the game change. My life has worked out that way too. I’m not where I thought I’d be and yet I’m exactly where God wants me. Along the way, I’ve learned that God is more interested in our smaller, everyday decisions versus the bigger picture items (which He is concerned about too, don’t get me wrong).

Time has changed this blog from a gaming ministry idea into a place where I can be myself. JohnnyBGamer is a place I go to process faith, fatherhood, gaming, and sometimes even politics–You can thank my History/Political Science degree for that–.

Welcome to a place where I share my life; Welcome to JohnnyBGamer.

-Bryan Hall

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When A Game Becomes Work

Daily, Wyatt and I have been playing Supercell’s Clash Royale since early December. Clash Royale, for those who do not know, is a game that features a combination of card collecting and tower defense, all set against a multiplayer battle arena. We’ve played with people around the world, battling for dominance and upgrades. The other…

Press Start – The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Zero Impressions

“Ugh, you’re going to play that anime game?” “Yeah. Why?” “Oh, nothing…” Wyatt claims he despises anime games. I asked him to clarify his disgust. When pressed, he said he loves something like the Final Fantasy VII Remake and yet can’t handle to watch me play The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero. I think…

Adoption Update – We’re Done

For more than three years, Tabitha and I have ridden the roller coaster of emotions that comes with the adoption process. Every child that is ever mentioned to us, by our caseworker, we say yes to; Every child I find on the TARE website that we are interested in, we say yes to as well.…

Glorious Stupidity – Avatar: The Way of Water

Wyatt and I went and experienced Avatar: The Way of Water over the holidays. For a little over three hours, we were mesmerized by the world of Pandora. Immersed by way of 3D, excellent sound design (which no one talks about), and recliners. It was glorious! I am still in awe over the world that…

Fade to Black

Wyatt and I were watching Stranger Things last night. The episode ended on a pretty bad note, with one of the characters being devoured by some of the Upside Down’s monsters. The screen faded to black as we were left to imagine the worst. Life is kind of like that, right? Except instead of life…

Rules of the Game – Don’t Be A Jerk

Last night, I was playing Fall Guys with Wyatt. We were having a good time. We loaded into a game mode called Treat Thieves. In Treat Thieves, you have to either: I was playing defense and guarding the jail release button when someone from my team came up and hit the button. What? We had…

God Loves You / I’m Just Getting Started

Forgotten, collecting dust, that’s the state I found my grandparent’s Atari in. I was young, as in kindergarten/first grade young, when I had my first tastes of the digital world. The game was Combat, which was released in 1977, on the Atari 2600. Combat featured a tank game that forced players to go head-to-head. Navigating…

Hot Springs, Guitars Have Souls, and the Prius

A few weeks ago, my brother Mike called asking a question: “Do you want my Toyota Prius?” His initial question led to my family driving to Hot Springs, Arkansas the following weekend. Which is the halfway point between Longview, Texas and Norfork, Arkansas. We got lunch and then spent the afternoon walking into various stores.…

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