Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Batman and Halo 3...

Some friends have said, "You didn't like Batman but you play Halo 3?"

That statement hit me and make me think. So, I thank you all for challenging me. Here is my response.

You may say Halo 3 is violent, just like Batman.

Halo is indeed violent. Don't get me wrong. However, I see a huge difference. I hope after I am done writing this short essay, you will see the difference. You may not agree with my stance on Batman, but I hope you see the difference between the two.

What is the point of Halo? The point of all the Halo's is to save earth from domination of Aliens. With that said, Halo is a military game and the point of the violence is for the better. The evil in the game is portrayed as evil and not as good.

That is Halo's campaign which I don't play a whole lot. I prefer multilayer. I think it is more fun.

Now, why do I play multiplayer? First off, obviously it is fun to me and others whom I play with. Now, isn't it kind of violent and bloody? The reason it is violent is because you are using weapons and destroy the others. To be completely honest, you are not even human. You are a machine. There is some blood however.

According to John Eldredge, people have told me that God has put inside a male's body a want for dominance and to be the best. This could be one reason why many males are more competitive than females. I do like to compete in Halo. I do want to honor God. A good friend of mine, Bennett Sweat once said, "I do believe I can play Halo to the glory of God, I just want to make sure I am doing it." So, my good friend points out there are ways that we have played that are not glorifying God.

Batman on the other hand was a totally different kind of violence. Evil looked so good. Killing innocent women was portrayed as fun and that you would have joy in the process. (Read post before for more details) Batman was dark, no one should ever say Lord of the Rings is dark.

The way people were killed was just evil. Halo on the other hand is not evil. Master Chief in Halo is a hero. He is the character you play as in campaign. He is courageous, he is a protector, he rescues humans from the aliens, he is strong, he brings boldness and confidence in the fights to the marines.

When Batman shows up, fear from the civilians arise. No one likes him.

The violence and evil in Batman is not compared to Halo. The two are portrayed completely different.

Halo is shooting to save humans. Or in multiplayer, shooting to get map control and to dominate in the game. Not mere killing for killings sake, or as in Batman's case, murder's case.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

I also do hope you see my heart in this. I do not want to come across as self righteous. I just want you to see a difference between the two. You could even compare the Bourne series to Batman and see the differences.

Like I said in a previous post, if you can watch Batman for the glory of God, by all means watch it. However, I can not watch Dark Knight for the glory of God.

In Prayers,


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Batman: Dark Knight, Friend or Foe (Updated 07-23-08)

Last night I went to go see the new Batman. It was very interesting. Camera work was out of this world. Acting was phenomenal. Make up was great, but a little too disturbing at times (Two-face).

Now with all this said, how in the world did Batman get a PG-13 rating? Now, I've only seen two Rated R movies, Brave Heart and the Passion of the Christ. Now, Batman is most definitely a R rated movie if I've ever seen one.

Note: What I am going to write is personal preference, if you can watch this movie to the glory of God-by all means watch it.

There is way to much killing of innocent people to justify the movie for me personally. The killings weren't just a gun shot. It was a knife. A pencil through a guys head. The Joker is happy to blowup a hospital (Everyone escaped though). The movie makes killing look joyful.

The one thing that I really did like in the movie was when two ships were out on water. One ship had criminal men on it. The other ship had innocent men, women, and children on it. The Joker set each boat up with explosives and gave the other boat the detonator. They had to decide by 12am what boat would die, if no boat blew up then they'd both blow up. Near the end of the scene, one big tough criminal went up to a National Guard and said something along the lines of, "You don't know how to get your hands dirty. Give me the remote and I'll do something you should have done a while ago." You anticipate him on blowing up the innocent people, yet instead he throws the remote out the window into the water so they can't kill the innocent people.

A little over halfway, a really good buy turns bad. Two Face arises. His lover has died. He now wants vengeance on everyone. Now, this truth is true but the way the communicate it wasn't very good. They said everyone who is good still has evil inside. (What I mean by this is that our hearts are desperately wicked, who can know it?-Jer. 17:9)

This was the darkest movie I have ever seen. I thought Two Face was actually going to pull the trigger of a gun at point blank range to a little sweet kid in front of the father so he would know what it was like to comfort somebody when they would die just like Two Face's sweetheart.

Batman sadly had references to Jesus. Although, Batman is treated like a criminal-in fact he kind of is. He was our protector, etc... Batman did crimes to protect the innocent in a sense. Batman had one rule and almost broke it-not to kill anyone. And the movie portrayed Joker as having no rules and it was much more fun that way.

Throughout the movie, you will laugh at times. However, after you endure through the Joker and his "making someone smile" by using his knife to cut their mouth and then kill them (Thankfully they don't show too much of it), however you hear brutal stories about it, if you are like me and others you will feel sick.

After the movie, I came and had to take a shower at 1am to feel clean. It was that bad for me. I then had to read an up lifting book.

This is my preference of the movie, but I would urge you to check out plugged in at

Bad looked real fun in the movie...Plugged in did a great job reviewing this movie. Please check it out.


P.S. I'm a 19 year old teen who doesn't like this fact, I should have walked out of the theater and will not watch this movie again.

But again, if you can glorify God while watching it, please go ahead!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Do Hard Things" and Halo 3

I’ve finished “Do Hard Things” by Alex and Brett Harris. It’s a great challenge to all teens and adults alike. God has been doing a work in my heart with my addiction to Halo. I’ve been freed from it now, but there still is an urge inside of that would like to pursue a career in Halo 3. But how silly is this? A life playing video games? Sure, I like it playing video games and watching the pros go at it. But I am not called to this. Here’s a brief history:

I’ve always has a natural skill playing video games, especially the shooter genres. I could beat some Halo CE pros, and then God fried my Xbox. So, I stopped playing. A friend game me his Xbox and he would fix my broken one, God made the Xbox not read any games. You think I would get the memo. However, I received an Xbox 360 as a gift. I quickly got connected online and I started playing Halo 2 heavily. I teamed up with a friend playing 4-5 hours a day. I knew spawn points, when items would spawn. I knew strategies for different situations, and different glitches that would help you play better.

This previous school year, I quickly had a reputation of a good Halo player-so did another guy. He had his partner, I had mine. So, we planned a match. A lot of the school knew we had a match set up and I was told me that I would lose big time. We showed up, and as being an underdog, we won by a lot. It was a shock to everyone, but our pride boosted up.

I was pursuing a professional career in Halo 3 now. I quickly became in the top 10% of halo players at the time. Getting together a Pro Team. But now my school grades were suffering. Halo 3, Basketball, School, and a lot of other priorities that should have been above Halo 3. So, I didn’t play Halo 3 at all during the week. However, I was now playing about 6 hours every Saturday and about 4 hours every Sunday.

Now, you may be wondering what Halo has to do with “Do Hard Things”. There is a small portion in the book that talks about Noah, and he had a nHalo addiction. I just broke the Halo addiction, and reading this is the book was still convicting me. And Noah seemed to be me, Justin M. Davito.

My friendships weren’t as close as they used to be. Why? Because every time I would have someone over we would be playing Halo 3. I would try to deceive myself saying, “This is how guys fellowship…Sure, we don’t talk much unless it’s about the game but we grow closer together.”-That’s a bunch of crap! We are growing in friendship to the MasterChief and that’s about it.

Now, Noah sold his Xbox 360. I was debating doing the same. After praying about it-I decided that I am going to keep it. If I start playing Halo for numerous hours again-I’ll move it out of my room and possibly cancel my online membership. Halo 3 is still fun and I enjoy playing it with friends. It appears as God has picked me up and said, Justin, you are pursuing to be a Theologian. You used to read about Me. Now, you are dedicated to Halo 3. You get upset when you lose or do something dumb on a dumb game. What about all those good books you used to read. Don’t just read 1 a month. Read more! Halo is not for you. Am I all satisfying for you or is it the MasterChief(Main Character in Halo)? Come back to me.

It was weird, after I hosted a LAN party of Halo CE, 2, and 3 I had no urge to play ever again. Some friends and I play pick up games here and there. But no more 4 hours a day.

It’s still a struggle when people talk about how good they are at Halo, because I would like to challenge them. But I am going to have to agree with my old Halo partner who doesn’t play anymore either, Bennett Sweat, “I believe there is a way to play Halo to the glory of God…I just want to make sure I am doing it.”

As both of us are called to the ministry, we don’t want to waste our lives playing video games. They are fun, don’t get me wrong. But they are not the ultimate destination.

-Justin M. Davito

P.S. I would recommend Alex and Brett Harris’ book to all teenager, “Do Hard Things” will challenge you to do HARD things for the glory of God. Don’t waste any of your teenage years, do things for God!