Gamecell 5 – Indie Game: The Movie: The Games
by M. Joshua
When Stevie showed up with his buddy, Noah, I knew we were in for a good night. I asked Noah what he knew about GameCell and he said he heard we played games. I asked him if we knew we would be beating him over the head with the Bible later. He got red in his face and just looked at me. I smiled.
I’d like to give a massive shout-out to my GameChurch bros, Mikee Bridges and Jordan Ekeroth, who hooked us all up with Jesus, For The Win Gamer Bibles (the book of John with a bit of gamer-lingo life-application commentary and testimonials) and related GameChurch paraphernalia. The guys were pretty excited about them, and perhaps slightly confused in Noah’s case. But when everybody showed up, we popped those puppies open and dove right into the first chapter. But that was actually after we read the hilarious-yet-theologically-sound 500-word summary of the Bible in the front of the book. This little bit literally had Alex rolling in his chair. Also, maybe he learned something about the Bible? Not sure. But at least he found it comical.
We read a little bit of John and I asked the guys lots of questions. Not sure if it got deep in there, but I had Stevie do the voice of John the Baptist. And at the very least, he got into it. Next time, I think we’ll get more into the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the wedding at Cana. These guys are gonna love that story.
After our catch-up, and Bible-discussion, I decided it was Indie Game: The Movie: The Game night. I showed the guys the trailer to the movie and told them that we were gonna play the movies that the game is about. Being our newbie, I gave Noah first pick. He chose Braid.
This was a little stressful for Noah because he didn’t know to move to the right and jump (not at all used to side-scrollers). Imagine his surprise when he learned that he could manipulate time! The rest of the guys really got into it once the puzzles got tricky and the room became a mess of shouting and cheering once he got a few of the trickier puzzles.
James was a little frustrated with Braid and said he wanted to play something bloody. So I gave him Meat Boy. All I have to say about that is, watch the video.
After that excitement, Fez was some much-needed chillaxation.
Stevie took the helm. But as you can see from the pic above, I don’t think the guys got into it as much as James got into Super Meat Boy (who could?!?). By then, we were already after ten and soon the time came to start packing up. As usual, everybody wanted to stick around a little longer.