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2022 Christmas Buying Guide

Here’s our 2022 Christmas buying guide! Below are our favorite gadgets and family appropriate titles we have played throughout the year. More reviews can be found on ChristCenteredGamer.com! Each game is given a gameplay score for the overall gaming experience and a moral score for how suitable it is for younger gamers. The Amazon and Humble Store links will benefit Christ Centered Gamer by giving us a small % of the sale.

PlatformTitleGame ScoreMoral ScoreBuy it!
PCCrossing Guard Joe88%98%Steam
macOS, PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|SDisney Dreamlight Valley88%86%Humble Store
Atari VCS, Linux, macOS, PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One/SeriesGravitar: Recharged86%98%Steam
SwitchKirby and the Forgotten Land88%90%Amazon
Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series XPaw Patrol: Grand Prix86%98%Steam
SteamSplatoon 392%87%Amazon
PCSuper Dungeon Maker88%96%Steam
VRSynth Riders Lindsey Stirling Music Pack 86%100%Steam
PCThe New Chronicles of Noah's Ark86%100% Steam
PS4, Stadia, Switch, Windows, Xbox OneWindjammers 288%91%Steam
Atari VCS, Linux, macOS, PlayStation 4/5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One/SeriesYars Recharged88%98%Steam
AudioEncuentro De Sangre – A Metal Tribute to CastlevaniaN/AN/ABandcamp
PCFiFine K658 RGB USB Gaming MicrophoneN/AN/AAmazon
PS4, PS5, PC, SwitchJBL Quantum 610 Wireless Gaming HeadsetN/AN/AAmazon
PCMaono AU-HD300T USB/XLR MicrophoneN/AN/AAmazon
PCNeat King Bee II Cardioid Solid State Condenser MicrophoneN/AN/AAmazon
PCROCCAT Burst Pro Air Wireless Gaming MouseN/AN/AAmazon
PCROCCAT Kone XP Wired Gaming MouseN/AN/AAmazon
PCROCCAT Vulcan II Max Optical RGB Gaming KeyboardN/AN/AAmazon
PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|STurtle Beach React-R ControllerN/AN/AAmazon
PC, PS4,PS5,Switch, Xbox One/Series X|STurtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX Wireless Gaming HeadsetN/AN/AAmazon
PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|STurtle Beach VelocityOne Flight Universal Control SystemN/AN/AAmazon

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2021 Christmas Buying Guide

Here’s our 2021 Christmas buying guide! Below are our favorite gadgets and family appropriate titles we have played throughout the year. More reviews can be found on ChristCenteredGamer.com! Each game is given a gameplay score for the overall gaming experience and a moral score for how suitable it is for younger gamers. The Amazon and Humble Store links will benefit Christ Centered Gamer by giving us a small % of the sale.

PlatformTitleGame ScoreMoral ScoreBuy It!
PS4, SwitchDariusburst: Another Chronicle EX+9094Nintendo
SwitchGame Builder Garage8888Amazon
WindowsInsurmountable8892Steam
SwitchMetroid Dread9689Amazon
PS4, Stadia, Switch, Windows, Xbox OneMonster Jam Steel Titans 28694Amazon
PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|SMonster Truck Championship9094Humble Store
WindowsPolice Simulator: Patrol Officers9092Humble Store
PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|SPuyo Puyo Tetris 28697Amazon
PS4, Switch, Windows, Xbox OneRoguebook9087Humble Store
PS4, Switch, WindowsSpace Invaders Invincible8688Nintendo
PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|SSuper Destronaut DX-28594Nintendo
SwitchSuper Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury9090Amazon
SwitchTadpole Treble Encore9096Nintendo
PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|SThe Smurfs – Mission Vileaf8592Amazon
PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|SWRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship94100Humble Store
PCAudeze Mobius Headphones  Amazon
PCCorsair 5000D AIRFLOW Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX PC Case   Amazon
SwitchFixture S1 Switch Pro Controller Grip and Carrying Case  Amazon
 Jooki Generation 2  Website
PCROCCAT Kone Pro Air Wireless Gaming Mouse  Amazon
PCROCCAT Pyro Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard  Amazon
PCROCCAT Torch Studio-Grade USB Microphone  Amazon
PC Xbox OneTurtle Beach Recon Xbox Controller  Amazon
PCTurtle Beach Recon 500 Wired Gaming Headset  Amazon

 

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2020 Christmas Buying Guide

Here’s our 2020 Christmas buying guide! Below are our favorite gadgets and family appropriate titles we have played throughout the year. More reviews can be found on ChristCenteredGamer.com! Each game is given a gameplay score for the overall gaming experience and a moral score for how suitable it is for younger gamers. The Amazon and Humble Store links will benefit Christ Centered Gamer by giving us a small % of the sale.

PlatformTitleGame ScoreMoral ScoreBuy it!
PC, Xbox OneDrake Hollow86%86%Microsoft Store
PCDriftForce86%98%Steam
PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneEvan’s Remains92%89%Steam
PC, PS4, Switch, Vita, Xbox OneGanbare! Super Strikers85%95%Nintendo eShop
SwitchKirby Fighters 286%94%Nintendo eShop
PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneMonster Truck Championship88%94%Humble Store
PCNova Drift86%93%Humble Store
SwitchSega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 286%96%Nintendo eShop
PCThem's Fightin' Herds88%85%Humble Store
PCThe Pedestrian88%97%Steam
PC, PS4, SwitchTrials of Mana86%87%Humble Store
PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneTT Isle of Man - Ride On the Edge 290%98%Humble Store
PC, PS4, Xbox OneWRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship94%100%Humble Store
VRPowerBeatsVR86%92%Humble Store
Gaming ChairEWin Champion Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair with PillowsN/AN/AEwinRacing.com
Game ControllerJYSW Wireless Pro Switch ControllerN/AN/AAmazon
HeadsetPDP LVL40 Wired Stereo Headset N/AN/AAmazon
HeadsetTurtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset N/AN/AAmazon
Switch Carrying CasePDP Deluxe Travel Case for SwitchN/AN/AAmazon
Wireless EarbudsT16 Wireless Waterproof EarbudsN/AN/AAmazon

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2019 Christmas Buying Guide

Here’s our 2019 Christmas buying guide!  Below are our favorite gadgets and family appropriate titles we have played throughout the year.  More reviews can be found on ChristCenteredGamer.com! Each game is given a gameplay score for the overall gaming experience and a moral score for how suitable it is for younger gamers.   The Amazon and Humble Store links will benefit Christ Centered Gamer by giving us a small % of the sale.

PlatformTitleGame ScoreMoral ScoreBuy it!
PC & SwitchSuper Phantom Cat86%98%Steam
PCRupert & Riley Shipwrecked88%94%Steam
PC, PS4, Xbox OneWRC 890%100%Humble Store
PS4, SwitchLapis x Labyrinth86%86%Amazon
PC, PS4, Switch, VitaMiles & Kilo84%90%PlayStation Store
PS4Kingdom Hearts 391%86%Amazon
PC, SwitchBlazing Beaks86%93%Nintendo eShop
SwitchLegend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening93%95%Amazon
SwitchOlliOlli: Switch Stance84%96%Nintendo eShop
PC, Xbox OneAftercharge80%94%Microsoft Store
PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OnePig Eat Ball86%88%Humble Store
PC, Xbox OneTrail Makers80%90%Humble Store
VRAudio Trip84%86%Steam
VRSpace Junkies88%82%Humble Store
VRVR Ping Pong Pro86%100%Humble Store
HardwareSK Hynix Gold SATA 1TB SSDN/AN/AAmazon
HeadsetMixcder E9 Wireless HeadsetN/AN/AAmazon
PS4, Switch, Xbox OneToast Customized Console CoverN/AN/AToastMade

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Puppy Star Christmas

Thank you Air Bud Entertainment for sending us a screener to review along with a stuffed bear, an apron and hat, candy for a ginger bread house, dog treats and toys!

Puppy Star Christmas begins with the wedding of Tiny and P.U.P. and puppies arrive several months after that. In total, there are four puppies who could not have fit inside the mother without being born premature or delivered via C-section. The three female puppies take after their mother in appearance and the boy pup, Brody, looks just like his dad. Brody and his sisters, Charlie and Rosie, tend to get in trouble while Cindy tries her best to stop them to no avail.

With some of the trouble the puppies are getting into, Tiny and P.U.P. are wondering if they are being neglectful parents. In an attempt to spend more time with them, they put together a Puppy Star Christmas show and have managed to book Santa Claus as a special guest. News of this spreads like wildfire and catches the attention of the mischievous Bark and his co-conspirator, Kano. Roland assists them in their plan to take over Christmas as long as he gets to fly Santa’s sleigh.

Bark’s objective is to monetize Christmas further and make every family pay for the privilege to receive gifts and not coal. Not only does this provide a lot of income, it nullifies the penalty for being on the naughty list. As long as you have money, presents are guaranteed.

With Christmas in danger, everyone wants to re-kindle the Christmas spirit of love, forgiveness, and selflessness. Christ’s birth is not mentioned whatsoever in this film. I do like the aspect of forgiveness and not carrying a grudge against those who have wronged you.

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Jonathan Cain - Unsung Noel

Thank you Hoganson Media for sending us a digital album to review!

Jonathan Cain was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2017. Many may know him as Journey’s keyboardist and co-author of Don’t Stop Believin’. A quick look at his Twitter feed will show that he’s a Christian and listening to his latest Christmas album, Unsung Noel, truly emphasizes the reason for the season. The first song, The Heart of Christmas, emphasizes that Jesus is the reason for the season.

There are fourteen songs and they are all beautifully performed and produced. A couple that I recognized right off the bat are Angels We Have Heard on High, Oh Holy Night, and Do You Hear What I Hear. The other eleven tracks were all new to me. Even though I’m not Catholic anymore, I enjoyed Hail Mary. That song and entire CD proclaim Jesus Christ as the king, savior, and true meaning behind Christmas.

All of the songs are calming and have great singing and keyboard playing. The lyrics throughout the CD are inspiring, praise Jesus, and tell of his miraculous birth. The song Joseph’s Pride tells Joseph’s doubts and role as Jesus’ earthly father.

If you’re looking for praise filled Christmas music, look no further than Jonathan Cain’s Unsung Noel Christmas album. Digitally it sells for $8.99 and the audio CD is only a dollar more. I love playing Christmas music throughout the month of December though I have made an exception for this album. It’s great to listen to Christ-centered music instead of ones focusing on made up figures. This one is definitely staying in my Christmas music collection!

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season5

Thank you MPRM for sending us this DVD to review!

Shelby is a beagle that has lived in a dog pound for as long as he can remember.  He has a habit of escaping at every opportunity, and Doug the dog catcher (played by Tom Arnold) catches him every time.  Just when Shelby was about to be generously adopted by a rich mother and her spoiled son, Shelby manages to escape once again.  

Instead of running home free, Shelby gets hit by a truck and is taken in by the man who hit him since the vet’s office was closed for Christmas.  The wife can’t stand dogs, but she doesn’t get to meet Shelby as he slips out of the truck and into their basement as soon and the husband pulls into their driveway.  Their son, Jake finds Shelby and takes a liking to him and names him after his favorite magician, P. T. Shelby.  Jake bonds to Shelby right away since he doesn’t have any human friends.

Between Shelby and Jake’s uncle’s dog who is also uninvited, things get pretty hairy around Christmas dinner. Doug the dog-catcher comes by looking for Shelby and sneaks a peek of Jake’s mom changing her shirt after wine got spilled on it.  Besides the relatively tame peep show, there is plenty of potty humor involving laxatives and breaking the law to take stuff that is not legally yours.  In the end there is one good lesson taught, and that is to never beat an animal under any circumstance.  There are some warm and fuzzy moments at the end about Christmas being all about family and togetherness.  That’s all fine and good but I still prefer Jesus to be front and center during our Christmas celebration.

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A Dog’s Way Home

My siblings and I have released a new video on the topic of overly-cliche "true meaning" of Christmas. It isn't like our Sonic Sitcoms that are more humor-based. Rather it is a message given by my older brother.

 

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