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Game Info:
Game Title (including subtitle)
Developed By:
Published By: (if applicable)
Released: (Ex. January 1, 20XX)
Available On: (list identical versions in alphabetical order, separated by commas)
Genre:
ESRB Rating: (Ex. E10+ for Everyone 10 and older: Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief)
Number of Players: --- offline, --- online 
Price: $ new, $ used (find prices on Amazon if applicable)

Highlights:
Strong Points: (What are its strengths? Is it unique in concept or execution?)
Weak Points: (What are its failings?)
Moral Warnings: (Did you find morally questionable content in the game?)

Introduction paragraph (Make it interesting; draw the reader in)

Normal paragraph (Describe the game; how does it feel, play, and work?)

Another paragraph (Don’t be afraid to detail some of the intricacies of play)

PICTURE

Yet another paragraph (Avoid writing a bland description, try injecting some personality and criticism)

Even more paragraphs (Be sure to write about the story, audio, and controls as well)

So many paragraphs (Length is important; make sure the review feels like a finished piece)

PICTURE

Be sure to include moral content (Talk about any problems found in the moral section)

Conclusion (What are your final thoughts on the game? Include a warning if there were any moral issues)

-Name or Username

Score Breakdown:

Game Score - --%
Gameplay - --/20
Graphics - --/10
Sound - --/10
Stability - -/5
Controls - -/5

Morality Score - --%
Violence - --/10
Language - --/10
Sexual Content - --/10
Occult/Supernatural - --/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - --/10

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Use the following section to place notes during the writing process

 Details

 

Gameplay

 

Graphics

 

Story

 

Sound

 

Controls

 

Morality Content

 

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Now, to determine the game’s score.

____ Game Play: This section is worth 20 points; please keep these questions in mind when determining the grade 

Is the game fun? Did it take a while to get into? How re-playable is it (harder difficulties, multiple endings)? Is it open ended? Does it have multiplayer? 

____ Graphics: This section is worth 10 points. Some games require good graphics others don’t need them. 

How detailed are the levels and characters? When characters talk, do their mouths move with it? Does the game look realistic or colorful if it’s a kids game? Are the in-game movies good quality? Do the levels vary or does everything look recycled? 

____ Sound: This section is worth 10 points. 

Is there background music? If so, is it fitting or catchy? How is the voice acting, good or annoying? Are the sound effects believable? Are they irritating? 

____ Stability: This section is worth 5 points. An unstable game is no fun. 

Did you encounter glitches or bugs in the game? Are there a lot of patches? Are there any game ruining bugs? Are there game-breaking exploits?

____ Controls/Interface: This is worth 5 points. 

Is the game menu system easy to use? Are the controls easy to use, or is there a high learning curve? Can you customize the controls? Are there a lot of key commands or button combos, if so, does it come with a cheat sheet? 

Add all of the sections together and multiply the final sum by two to get the Game Score. Ex.

Game Score - 80%
Gameplay - 17/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 4/5
Controls 4/5

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Next, is the Morality Score. At the end of each description is a negative point value. Subtract these points from 50 to get your score, then go to the Bonus section.

The Violence/Blood/Gore category covers 1/5 (10 pts) of the final grade.

Violence (Check only one) 

___ - No violence (-0 pts)

___ - Sports violence (Ex. fighting in hockey or rushing the mound in baseball) (-1pts)

___ - Silly or cartoon violence (Ex. Simpson’s Hit and Run, Crash Bandicoot) (-2 pts)

___ - Non-deadly violence (Ex. Knockout Kings, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (-2.5 pts)

___ - Killing non-human realistic creatures (Ex. deer hunting) (-2.5 pts)

___ - Shooting enemy aircraft, tanks etc. (Ex. Star Wars Rogue Squadron) (-3 pts)

___ - RPG Violence (enter a command and watch it happen Ex. Final Fantasy) (-3 pts)

___ - Killing non-human, fictional beings (Ex. robots or aliens) (-3.5 pts)

___ - People killing people in self-defense (Ex. Medal of Honor) (-4 pts)

___ - People killing people in cold blooded murder (Ex. Grand Theft Auto) (-5 pts)

Blood (Check only one)

___ - No Blood (-0 pts)

___ - Small red blotches or drops (-1 pts)

___ - Puddle of blood occurs when a character dies (-1.5 pts)

___ - Blood sprays on the wall and everywhere else (-2.5 pts)

___ - If the game allows blood to be disabled (+1)

Gore (Check only one) 

___ - No gore (-0 pts)

___ - Bodies do not disappear after death (-1 pts)

___ - Body parts can be visually unattached (-1.5 pts)

___ - Gruesome details (Ex. acid burning off skin, human sacrifices) (-2.5 pts)

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The Language category covers 1/5 (10 pts) of the final grade. 

Foul language (Check only one) 

___ - No Foul Language (-0 pts)

___ - Crude language used (-1.5 pts)

___ - Minor swear words are used once or twice (-2 pts)

___ - Minor swear words are used throughout the game (-2.5 pts)

___ - Swear words acceptable for prime time TV are used once or twice (-3 pts)

___ - Swear words acceptable for prime time TV are used throughout the game (-3.5 pts)

___ - Swear words found in a PG-13-rated movie are used in the game (-4 pts)

___ - Swear words found in a R-rated movie are used in the game (-5 pts)

___ - God’s name in vain is used throughout the game (-5 pts)

___ - If the game allows swearing to be disabled (+1)

How to spell and examples of:

Crude language – Fart, poop, pee
Minor swear words – H*ll, sucks, crap
Prime TV – A**, b***h, b*****d used once or twice
PG-13 – A**, b***h, b*****d, s**t used throughout or F-word used once or twice
R – Same as PG-13 but F-word used throughout

Sexual dialogue/innuendo (Check only one) 

___ - No sexual dialogue (-0 pts)

___ - Sexual jokes are made once or twice (-2 pts)

___ - Sexual references are made throughout the game (-3.5 pts)

___ - The game revolves around sexual jokes (-5 pts)

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The Sexual Content/Nudity category covers 1/5 (10 pts) of the final grade.

Nudity (Check only one)

___ - No nudity (-0 pts)

___ - Characters wear clothing that is sexy or accentuates their sexuality (-1.5 pts)

___ - Characters wear very revealing clothing such as bikinis or lingerie (-3.5 pts)

___ - Partial nudity (-4 pts)

___ - Full frontal nudity (-5 pts)

Sexual content (Check only one)

___ - No sexual content (-0 pts)

___ - Sex outside of marriage is shown as positive in the game (- 3 pts)

___ - Homosexuality is shown as positive in the game (- 4 pts)

___ - Characters can be seen having sex in the game (-5 pts)

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The Occult/Supernatural category covers 1/5 (10 pts) of the final grade.

Note: Occult magic would be games that base their magic system off of an actual religion such as Wicca or Satanism and should not be confused with magic systems in games that are made up for make believe purposes to provide a safe fun fantasy environment. 

Occult/Supernatural in Game Setting (check only one)

___ - There is no occult or supernatural environment in the game (-0 pts)

___ - Game takes place in an environment with minor occult references (-3 pts)

___ - Game takes place in an environment that is filled with major occult references (-5 pts)

Occult Supernatural used by Player (check only one)

___ - There is no occult or supernatural in the game (-0 pts)

___ - Fairy tale type magic is used in game by player (-1.5 pts)

___ - Borderline magic (hard to tell if occult) is used by enemies, but not by player (-3 pts)

___ - Borderline magic (hard to tell if occult) is used by player (-3.5 pts)

___ - Occult magic is used by enemies, but not by player (-4 pts)

___ - Occult magic is used by player (-5 pts)

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The Cultural/Moral/Ethical category covers 1/5 (10 pts) of the final grade. 

Authority (check only one)

___ - No authority issues involved with this game (-0 pts)

___ - Game demeans family respect and authority (-1 pts)

___ - Game portrays rebellion against established cultural norms (-1.5 pts)

___ - Game requires rejecting authority figures or laws (-2 pts)

___ - Game requires active rebellion to play the game (-2.5 pts)

Prejudice (check only one)

___ - No prejudicial bias in the game (-0 pts)

___ - Characters are portrayed with stereotypical biases (-1.5 pts)

___ - Characters are clearly demeaned or negatively bias by race, or ethnicity (-2.5 pts)

Gross Humor (check only one) 

___ - No gross humor in the game (-0 pts)

___ - A few instances of gross humor are in the game (-1.5 pts)

___ - Game is filled with gross humor (-2.5 pts)

(Examples of gross humor would be jokes about farts, being kicked in the privates, etc.)

Traditional/Family Values Decision Making (check only one)

___ - Good value decision making is required to progress in the game (-0 pts)

___ -Unethical decisions are promoted throughout, but not required to progress (-1.5 pts)

___ - Game requires decisions to be made that go against traditional values (-2.5 pts)

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Bonus Points

___ - This game promotes the importance of family values. (+3 pts)

___ - This game displays the consequences of evil and/or messing with the occult. (+3 pts)

___ - The story in this game delivers a good moral lesson. (+3 pts)

Add all of the sections together and multiply the final sum by two to get the Morality Score. Ex.

Morality Score - 60%
Violence – 2.5/10
Language - 3/10
Sexual Content – 6.5/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 8/10

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Once a review is submitted, it will be sent to our review panel for approval. The author may be contacted about any changes needing to be made, or else it will go live in a few days. Thanks for contributing to CCG!

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Christ Centered Gamer looks at video games from two view points. We analyze games on a secular level which will break down a game based on its graphics, sound, stability and overall gaming experience. If you’re concerned about the family friendliness of a game, we have a separate moral score which looks at violence, language, sexual content, occult references and other ethical issues.

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