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It's been one year since we got involved in #GamerGate

It’s been a year since we were pulled into #GamerGate.  A lot has happened since then.  We’ve been around since 2000 and were quite accustomed with people poking fun at our reviews and sharing them on various forums for a laugh.  Parents and Christians still found them useful, so we pressed on and grew thicker skin over the years.  Throughout our existence on the internet, we have received a lot of good constructive criticism to which we have taken to heart and have implemented into our current review standard and quality of reviews.  While some people still poke fun at the moral score or objectionable content we point out, the quality of the reviews are often noted and praised.

With that being said, on October 15th I woke up to ten or more people tweeting about us (@divinegames) and suggesting that Intel consider advertising with us. At first I thought it was sarcasm until I read more comments where people were actually PRAISING our review standard that so many have poked fun at in the past.  In fact, Kotaku once re-posted a blog post about how our Portal 2 review lacked references to Jesus.  People were also comparing our Red Dead Redemption score to Bayonetta 2 (we own the discs but have yet to play and review this game BTW) and liked how we did not dock the game’s score if we did not agree with it in a political or religious manner. 

Our goal always has been and will be to point out objectionable content in a neutral manner to allow our readers to know what is in a game.   We want them to make their own buying decisions without talking down to them.    We respect that our readers have different convictions and gaming preferences. 

My gaming horizons were expanded a little bit this year as #GamerGate arranged for us to review games like HuniePop and Hatred.  That HuniePop review was tough to write, but very well received so despite my eyes needing some bleach afterward, I guess it was worth it.  #GamerGate was also generous enough to help fund a Snowball microphone after some negative feedback on the mic I was using for the Hatred gameplay video we did.  The new microphone works great, so thanks again for that!

Besides indiegogo, we have set up a patreon site which has some nice folks helping us out monthly.  We’re thankful for that too.  This year we became a 501 C 3 non-profit and record all of our earnings and expenses on our www.christcenteredgamer.org site.  

So what’s in our future?  We’d like to continue to grow.  To do that churches and gamers have to continue to hear about us.  Sadly, whenever I call a church to introduce myself and our site, I have yet to get a call back.  After talking with a marketing person (that we can’t afford to hire), I was told that this is pretty commonplace.  In order to reach out to churches we’ll need to save our funds and hopefully attend a big conference where pastors will come to our booth to reach out to us instead of the other way around.  That’s one goal that will cost us a few thousand dollars to achieve. 

In order to be considered for review aggregation sites like OpenCritic we’ll need over 50,000 followers on any given social network which we are nowhere close to achieving anytime soon.   We have grown a lot in that aspect in the past year though.  Many of our followers are #GamerGate supporters and we’re thankful for them.

When we get enough traffic and support to cover our minimal operating costs, we hope to hire other reviewers to eliminate our review backlog and ensure timelier reviews.  Until then, I think we’re doing great with where we’re at and I couldn’t have done it without you fine people.  Thanks for the love, kindness, and support to everyone who we have interacted with in #GamerGate, on twitter, reddit, 4chan, 8chan and everywhere else on the interwebs.  God bless you all!

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Guest - hans on Thursday, 15 October 2015 18:06

all the best to you. considering KiA only just reached 50k itself i guess it will still take a long while, as you suggested until you get to 50k yourself.

anyway well done your reviews are a glowing example how moral score can be done right.

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all the best to you. considering KiA only just reached 50k itself i guess it will still take a long while, as you suggested until you get to 50k yourself. anyway well done your reviews are a glowing example how moral score can be done right.
Cheryl Gress on Sunday, 25 October 2015 20:16

Thanks!

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Thanks!
Guest - Steve on Sunday, 25 October 2015 19:58

Fair play to you. I'm an atheist, so I don't share your faith, but I support your site wholeheartedly.

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Fair play to you. I'm an atheist, so I don't share your faith, but I support your site wholeheartedly.
Cheryl Gress on Sunday, 25 October 2015 20:16

Thanks for the support!

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Thanks for the support!
Guest - kathartik on Sunday, 25 October 2015 23:20

if I was still involved in church things (I've been agnostic since my late teens. grew up the son of a minister and just saw too much hypocrisy to be involved in ANY organized religion. it works for me and respect anyone who can have convictions, no matter their beliefs) you'd have my support.

have you though about getting in contact with youth groups as opposed to the ministers themselves? they'd probably be far more receptive. I know the youth group I was a part of would have been.

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if I was still involved in church things (I've been agnostic since my late teens. grew up the son of a minister and just saw too much hypocrisy to be involved in ANY organized religion. it works for me and respect anyone who can have convictions, no matter their beliefs) you'd have my support. have you though about getting in contact with youth groups as opposed to the ministers themselves? they'd probably be far more receptive. I know the youth group I was a part of would have been.
Cheryl Gress on Monday, 26 October 2015 00:54

I have tried contacting youth pastors hoping that they would be more receptive. Will have to make another round of phone calls now that our Christmas Buying Guide is nearly completed

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I have tried contacting youth pastors hoping that they would be more receptive. Will have to make another round of phone calls now that our Christmas Buying Guide is nearly completed :)
Guest - kathartik on Sunday, 25 October 2015 23:21

and by "support" I mean support in getting you into a church. because I support your site wholeheartedly and actually do recommend your reviews to people.

I realize the way I phrased it didn't sound that way. oops!

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and by "support" I mean support in getting you into a church. because I support your site wholeheartedly and actually do recommend your reviews to people. I realize the way I phrased it didn't sound that way. oops!
Cheryl Gress on Monday, 26 October 2015 00:54

Awesome, thanks!

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Awesome, thanks!
Guest - Lelan on Sunday, 25 October 2015 23:31

You've been an inspiration and helped create a bridge in my mind between christians and non-christians by finding an ingenious way to both write about what you care about and do so in a way that is transparent and strives to be ethical.

My hat is off to you and I hope and strive to emulate that in my professional spheres, to create situations where people will be fully informed about the things I care about and are free to either adopt or discard it.

What it taught me is that this is a way to treat readers with respect that is sorely lacking in most game reviews these days.

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You've been an inspiration and helped create a bridge in my mind between christians and non-christians by finding an ingenious way to both write about what you care about and do so in a way that is transparent and strives to be ethical. My hat is off to you and I hope and strive to emulate that in my professional spheres, to create situations where people will be fully informed about the things I care about and are free to either adopt or discard it. What it taught me is that this is a way to treat readers with respect that is sorely lacking in most game reviews these days.
Cheryl Gress on Monday, 26 October 2015 00:56

Wow. Flattered, thank you for the kind words! I try and treat everyone with respect regardless of their beliefs. Trying to "be better then them" goes nowhere fast.

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Wow. Flattered, thank you for the kind words! I try and treat everyone with respect regardless of their beliefs. Trying to "be better then them" goes nowhere fast.
Guest - Supporter on Sunday, 25 October 2015 23:52

Y'all do a great job and I'm quite happy to have learned about your site through GG. I've already recommended you as a resource to my father, who happens to be a pastor.

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Y'all do a great job and I'm quite happy to have learned about your site through GG. I've already recommended you as a resource to my father, who happens to be a pastor.
Cheryl Gress on Monday, 26 October 2015 00:57

Oh wow, thanks! Curious what he'll think of the site

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Oh wow, thanks! Curious what he'll think of the site :)
Guest - Nick on Sunday, 25 October 2015 23:58

As a church goer myself, I can understand that things like unconventional ideas for church and ministry usually get tossed by the wayside since leadership are occupied by people of previous generations. Progressive thinking isn't exactly commonplace. Not that I fault them for it. It's just generational thing.

That being said, more than anything, I'm really curious as to why to why are you targeting churches in particular, unless you're not and I misread your comments. What do you think church support would do for you and what do you hope to achieve with building relationships with them?

anyway, I read a few reviews. I enjoyed them. Keep up the good work.

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As a church goer myself, I can understand that things like unconventional ideas for church and ministry usually get tossed by the wayside since leadership are occupied by people of previous generations. Progressive thinking isn't exactly commonplace. Not that I fault them for it. It's just generational thing. That being said, more than anything, I'm really curious as to why to why are you targeting churches in particular, unless you're not and I misread your comments. What do you think church support would do for you and what do you hope to achieve with building relationships with them? anyway, I read a few reviews. I enjoyed them. Keep up the good work.
Cheryl Gress on Monday, 26 October 2015 00:59

We're trying to let churches, their youth pastors, and their church body know that we exist and that they may find our reviews helpful. Through churches we can earn more readers which could lead to more traffic, ad revenue and finances to grow the site to make it even better.

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We're trying to let churches, their youth pastors, and their church body know that we exist and that they may find our reviews helpful. Through churches we can earn more readers which could lead to more traffic, ad revenue and finances to grow the site to make it even better.
Guest - Alex Binz on Monday, 26 October 2015 02:06

Based on what you've written, I'm assuming you come from a Protestant background, though correct me if that's not the case. You should consider reaching out to the Catholic side of the aisle as well. The Catholic church in America has an interesting split between much more conservative-minded families (probably more conservative than most Protestants) and much more lax, semi-liberal families. Even so, in my experience most Catholic families from both sides are interested in engaging with media and culture, and many of them would appreciate the resources you provide.

Keep up the great work!

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Based on what you've written, I'm assuming you come from a Protestant background, though correct me if that's not the case. You should consider reaching out to the Catholic side of the aisle as well. The Catholic church in America has an interesting split between much more conservative-minded families (probably more conservative than most Protestants) and much more lax, semi-liberal families. Even so, in my experience most Catholic families from both sides are interested in engaging with media and culture, and many of them would appreciate the resources you provide. Keep up the great work!
Cheryl Gress on Monday, 26 October 2015 02:15

I was raised Catholic and changed to protestant when I was a teenager. I have reached out to my childhood church with little success, though I think it's more traditional and doesn't want anything to do with video games.

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I was raised Catholic and changed to protestant when I was a teenager. I have reached out to my childhood church with little success, though I think it's more traditional and doesn't want anything to do with video games. ;)
Alex Binz on Monday, 26 October 2015 02:43

Funny, I'm basically the reverse (raised Protestant, changed to Catholic, my childhood church would probably be too traditional to be interested in video games ). You might try to reach out at a more diocese- or archdiocese-level, to see what feedback the bishop's office might have. You might also consider reaching out to staff at Catholic schools, who might be willing to recommend you as a resource to parents.

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Funny, I'm basically the reverse (raised Protestant, changed to Catholic, my childhood church would probably be too traditional to be interested in video games :D). You might try to reach out at a more diocese- or archdiocese-level, to see what feedback the bishop's office might have. You might also consider reaching out to staff at Catholic schools, who might be willing to recommend you as a resource to parents.
Alex Binz on Monday, 26 October 2015 03:06

Not sure if my original went through; if not, here it is again (feel free to delete the duplicate).

I find it funny that my journey was pretty much opposite yours: I was raised Protestant, changed to Catholic, and my childhood church is probably too traditional to be interested in video games. Still, I understand where you're coming from.

If your local church doesn't work out, you might try reaching out to the diocese or archdiocese level, if only for feedback. I'm pretty sure the bishop's office is at least partially involved in overseeing Catholic schools in the region, so they might be willing to give you a reference to those, especially if the staff is interested in using you as a resource for parents concerned with their kids' media-consumption habit.

Hope that helps!

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Not sure if my original went through; if not, here it is again (feel free to delete the duplicate). I find it funny that my journey was pretty much opposite yours: I was raised Protestant, changed to Catholic, and my childhood church is probably too traditional to be interested in video games. :D Still, I understand where you're coming from. If your local church doesn't work out, you might try reaching out to the diocese or archdiocese level, if only for feedback. I'm pretty sure the bishop's office is at least partially involved in overseeing Catholic schools in the region, so they might be willing to give you a reference to those, especially if the staff is interested in using you as a resource for parents concerned with their kids' media-consumption habit. Hope that helps!
Cheryl Gress on Monday, 26 October 2015 03:27

Great advice, I'll give it a go! Thanks!

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Great advice, I'll give it a go! Thanks!
Guest - Khaliq on Monday, 26 October 2015 03:34

Just found your site through a GamerGate thread on reddit. Really like what I see after browsing a couple more articles.
I'm agnostic, but I fully support your website and hope you continue to grow and succeed.

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Just found your site through a GamerGate thread on reddit. Really like what I see after browsing a couple more articles. I'm agnostic, but I fully support your website and hope you continue to grow and succeed. :)

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