September 15, 2017

Another Top 7 Kinds of Toxic Relationships

September 08, 2017

Four Traits of a Godly Friendship

September 02, 2017

Top 6 Signs You're a Closet Universalist

You know you're a Universalist when things in life become very hard to justify. Join Kyle as he quickly runs through six aspects of a Universalist in denial.

August 30, 2017

The Shack (Christian Review)

In this review, Kyle takes a look at the Universalist prep piece known as the Shack, and comes away with an honest review of it's pitfalls, plus why Christians shouldn't use it as a tool for evangelism.

Disagree with the video? Want to add your own opinion on the movie and book? Leave a comment below and start a discussion!

August 20, 2017

Seven Kinds of Toxic Relationships (VIDEO)

In this video, we look at the seven kinds of toxic influences you can have in your life, with a couple of brief stories about my experiences with said relationships.

(Note: This video is strictly my opinion and not to be taken as complete fact, or substituted for an actual therapist.)

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August 07, 2017

The Journal (Entry 5) Videography

We're probably all sick and tired of the "new directions" this blog has taken over all the years, before I realised that the so-called changes I made was a way for me to fool myself into thinking I've taken the hard steps to innovate the formula I've been trudging along with for years now.

I've held off on doing video reviews due to the sheer amount of work it involves, or so I thought. Those who've been following my ever-growing YouTube Channel will know that I've actually been having some great success with it, more so than I've ever had with the blog.

It's for this reason that I decided to completely move away from written reviews (and pretty much any kind of article) and instead focus on the area I'm most experienced in: Videography. 

This blog will still be up and serve as a way of making announcements regarding the events of the channel, as a hub for news and community. (Let's face it: YouTube is a bad place to socialise.)

We'll be having our first video review up very soon, starting with BioShock Infinite, the most life-changing moment in my life as a young adult, where I went from one system of beliefs to another one entirely. It's for that reason that I've decided to kick off our new venture using said review as a starting point.

Stay tuned folks. I know I've said that a thousand times, but it's time for a new direction. I'm confident it will be a good one.

June 20, 2017

The Journal (Entry 3) Leadership and Godly Principles

Leadership is a sensitive subject for someone like myself. I've always been the kind of person who asserts himself and likes to take charge in a situation, yet in the same vein wants to include others in his decision-making process.

As young as I am, I disqualified myself from having any kind of leadership skills due to how others mocked me for my age and inexperience in many fields. Insecurity abounds, so I believed what they said in order to be a people-pleaser.

I thought any disagreement with what people said of me and my lack of skill was true, and I should just accept that I wouldn't ever be mature enough to be a leader until I was older, had a place of my own, wife, kids, mortgage, zzzzzzzz.

Clearly I didn't realise what leadership actually was. Leadership is not about being a manager, boss of a company, or expert in any given field. Leadership is not about age, marital status, gender, or race. Leadership is not even about whether you're an elder at a church or physical leader in ministry.

Leadership is about taking up your responsibility as a Christian and living a Godly life, setting an example for the world and the people around you. In this regard, ANY person can be a leader. In fact, all of us are called to be leaders in our respective paths, all having a plan and a purpose ordained by our Creator through His son Jesus.

It's comfortable to live under the mantle of "I'm not old enough" or "I'm not qualified", or "I don't lead at a church" as excuses not to live out spiritual leadership, but none of them yield. It's all about glorifying God; not one of us is actually qualified to do that, as we are all inherently sinful. Rather it's a responsibility given to us Christians, washed clean by the blood of Jesus, to carry out daily.

1. Submit to God. 
2. Repent daily. 
3. Exercise your faith. 
4. Lead others to Christ. 
5. Rinse and repeat. 

Those who've been doing this longer than I have will point how difficult this really is. Nevertheless, it's a lifestyle all of us Christians need to pursue. I trust that this message finds you well, and inspires you to do the same in your life, as God has been pressing on my heart as of recent.

It's not easy, but necessary. Yet through Christ, all things are possible.

June 12, 2017

The Journal (Entry 2) - THE NEW COLOSSUS!

"Count to four, inhale...count to four, exhale..."
"I've been struggling with quite a bit of burnout in recent months, mostly due to my desire to post every week, yet there's not really good material to actually post. Most of the games these days don't really interest me and don't really seem all that exciting. Maybe it's just me."
I wrote this two days ago. As I didn't know what to say further, I left this post in draft mode, and then went on with my life. Next thing you know, E3 rolls around and...the sequel to one of my favourite games is announced! Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a thing! Woot! :D

Blog readers will know that I gave high marks to The New Order back in 2014, praising it's story and meaningful characters. The trailer for The New Colossus seems to indicate that the characters will be even deeper (and more comical) this time around, with a lot of funny little setpieces.

I won't link to the trailer here, as it contains a bit of strong language, but check it out. If you were a fan of the original back in 2014, there's no reason why this one will disappoint you. I know, it has happened, but I'm pretty sure it will satisfy us just as much as the original did.

And with that, I have something good to review later this year. Go team!

June 07, 2017

The Journal REDUX: Entry 1

Hi everyone. I hope you all enjoyed my Civilization V review on Sunday. A little bit on the short side, but I wanted to hammer it out for you so that it could be of use to someone, somewhere down the line.

Due to burnout, I've made the preemptive decision not to follow through with the schedule I set for myself. It's not realistic due to possible work expectations from the technology career I'm currently pursuing. Instead, I'm going to be taking this site back to what it was: A blog. While the reviews are useful from an objective standpoint, ultimately the entire site is about my viewpoints on select games.

As my opinions are formed by taking a whole subject, breaking it into chunks, and reassembling it to form a specific verdict, the formula of the Content Guide took shape. I lost this outlook in recent years, due to the demand of having to make a living taking over, and as such, I tried to reshape the blog to appeal to search engines and generate revenue through ads.

At the time, Google refused to monetise my site due to supposed content issues. However, as you can probably tell, they've lifted this refusal and I now have ads on the site. With that said, I want to emphatically say the money was never the focus of the blog, nor was popularity. The focus of the site was always to have a place to express my personal views on a subject, and at the time of the site's inception, video games were the absolute centre of my world.

Having become an adult in recent years, my focus has shifted. While I previously played video games to emulate the experience of having an adventure beyond the familiar, becoming a member of the working class has fulfilled that need in unexpected ways. Sure, work has it's definite downsides, not the least of which was waking up 05:30 each morning in the freezing cold to prepare for the day ahead, but the experience of being in a team of people working for a cause was exhilarating.

Does this mean games are not my thing anymore? Absolutely not. I still very much love pop culture, albeit for different reasons. Instead of using them to have adventures I thought wouldn't be possible for me, I now play them to stimulate my need to solve problems. I want to play games in order to analyse things, whether real or fictional, be they frustrating problems one has to overcome in order to advance, or the dilemmas facing the characters as they traverse the narrative laid before them.

It is also for this reason, starting end of July, that my site will have another URL change, and a wider focus. Instead of just video games, we will look at whatever else piques my interest. Be it moral discussions about the content of pop culture, views on the internet and security (a field I've recently delved into), the censorship of free speech, or my deep views on Christianity, there's plenty one can talk about once the site goes through another cycle of it's "guided evolution".

One of these things, is a daily Journal post. It's a necessity for someone like me, who has an overactive mind always pondering things. Whereas I previously used Facebook for some of my thoughts, I'll instead use this site. What will I talk about? I don't know. Video games perhaps. Or maybe the events of the day, a discovery I made about life, the universe, and everything. Heck, even turkeys are now a viable topic. I mean, what's with them?

Part of the fun of running this site is that it's equally as unpredictable for me as it is for you. While this would be a recipe for disaster if I was actually trying to run a major tabloid site like IGN, a blog is much more open for experimentation. Hopefully this experimentation will evolve into something concrete for a big site, but even if it doesn't, it's not the biggest deal. At least it will be fun, and that's something it hasn't been in quite some time.

So enough blabbering, let's get to it!