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AIO Video Games Review
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Before I review both The Treasure of the Incas and The Sword of the Spirit, there's some vital pieces of information you should be aware of. First, I know Adventures in Odyssey inside and out and have been listening to the show since it first graced the airwaves. Most of you know this already, seeing as I run a website devoted to the show. Second, despite my infatuation with Odyssey, my first and greatest love will always be video games. They are the one constant in my ever evolving life and they'll be by my side for the next few decades. I play the classics, the mainstream, the obscure, and the new releases the day they hit stores. In a few years, I'll be receiving a computer science degree with a concentration in game design and well, you get the point: Games define me. So when I was informed that my two favorite things in life were being married in digital unity, I was ecstatic! Adventures in Odyssey lends itself greatly to the adventure/mystery genre and the possibilities seemed endless. Not to mention Digital Praise was able to secure the actual voice talent from the radio series (bringing Will Ryan out of the abyss to reprise his role as Eugene) and all the right ingredients were present for some exciting, suspenseful entertainment that could delight gamers for years to come.

I kept the news to myself until months later, when I was making my daily web rounds, and saw that news of the video games had broken. Not on an Adventures in Odyssey site mind you, no... it was on a gaming website that I frequent on a daily basis. It's hard to explain what a surreal feeling went through my body at that moment of realization. For so long my life had been divided in two: One half was the guy who spent hours working on The Soda Fountain, chatting with fans of AIO and listening to old classics while fooling around on his computer. The other half was a gamer at heart, who spent long hours with a controller in his hand traveling across mythical lands in search of adventure, taking back Earth from an alien invasion, or hoisting the Stanley Cup with his favorite team. On this day things changed... a portal had bridged the gap between my two worlds and elements from one were creeping into the other. Once I finished reading the news brief... it was perfectly clear to me: These games were definitely being made.

Oh sure, the games were mocked in some circles. The idea of a "Christian" game seemed absurd and I waded through dozens of very passionate posts by people who felt Christianity had no place in gaming. Their arguments were all pretty similar... as most felt you can't go anywhere these days without religion hitting you in the face, while others felt Christian based games just couldn't be fun. I quietly snickered at those people, as they had obviously never heard an episode of Adventures in Odyssey or they would realize that a game based on "The Cross of Cortes" could be just as fun as (and morally stronger) than the latest Tomb Raider, and a game revolving around "Passages" could be as enjoyable as the latest Myst. But I understood and accepted their viewpoint.

Ironic that months later, having completed both The Treasure of the Incas and The Sword of the Spirit, I took a tally of the number of times Jesus, God, Christianity or religion of any form was mentioned in the games. The result? Zero. All of this initial hatred towards the games and yet there's no Christian content. There's plenty of virtues and lessons to be learned, but as far as shoving religion down people's thoughts... well, just like the radio drama, there's none of that. It's a shame Digital Praise got off on the wrong foot with members of the gaming community, because in the end, the only evidence that these games are supposed to be Christian are the facts that Digital Praise said they were.

Alright, so you've been reading all this exposition wondering if I'm writing a review or if I just like to read myself write (as opposed to hearing myself talk!). Well both actually, but more importantly I want you as the reader to understand the enormous expectations I had going in. It's also significant because I need you to understand that both Adventures in Odyssey and gaming are forms of entertainment I view with a critical eye. There's some episodes I don't like, and there's some games I don't like. With all that being said, how did The Treasure of the Incas and The Sword of the Spirit fair?
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AIO Video Games Review

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