Alive

Hi everyone. Today, I have officially existed for two decades! 😄 Haha, I know that’s an unconventional way to put it. But more than just growing another year older, I also realized this year that I have been a Christian for a quarter of my life! 5 years ago, I stepped into Heart of God Church as a 15 year-old boy and my life truly began.

It’s funny because you can be breathing physically and yet not really be alive. As I looked back on the past 5 years, there’s just so much to be thankful for – my church, my friends, my family, those are just some people I never want to take for granted.

But if there is just one person that I need to mention and thank on this day, it would have to be Jesus. Over the past 1800+ days, God has changed my life so much and given me a purpose and a destiny greater than myself.

The reason why I could elevate my mindset, grow in my character and change as a person from the inside out is because of Jesus. Without His grace, I would never have become who I am today. I mean 5 years ago, I would have never thought I will be writing like I am now!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

So today, I just want to thank Jesus. I am a sinner and I never deserved the life that I am living now – the life that He has given me. But that is what grace is all about, isn’t it? We were all doomed for death because of our sins. We had no choice; we had to go down the pit; we didn’t deserve life. But He still came for us, showed His love for us on the cross and pulled us out of the darkness.

I never once regretted having known and accepted this amazing grace & love that our God has for us. Because now, I am no longer in captivity. I am no longer a prisoner held in chains. I can now have the ability to let Christ cleanse me from all unrighteousness and come into an intimate relationship with Him.

Grace does not say “I am allowed to sin”; grace says “I am free to change.” His overwhelming love for us does not remove our necessity to lead a holy life – it gives us the freedom to do so!

Grace does not give us the license to sin; grace gives us the power to change. That is why I want to change and grow in my character – because with God, I can. And think about it, anything that is alive and healthy grows. 

Today if you have never known the love of Jesus, the empowerment of His grace and the joy in being in a relationship with Him, know that you can have all of it. Don’t just breathe. Live. Eternal life is about this relationship of knowing Jesus. And today, it is a free gift that He is extending to you. But like I said, gifts have to be accepted. So the question is, will you take it? :)

A Breath of Fresh Fun – Rocket League

“Vroom vroom!” was how I ended last week’s recap. But this week, THAT’S how I’m going to begin! To all the gamers out there, this is for you!

Alright, some of you may have heard about a video game called Rocket League, which came out recently in July. Yup, I know I’m a little late on this, but I’m also sure that there is the rest of you out there who has never heard of this game before! Still, better late than never right? Being one of the freshest video game ideas I’ve seen in recent months and even years, I just got to share it with you. So, let’s get into it!

What is Rocket League?

Rocket League is a multiplayer video game with a very interesting & creative concept. I think the best way to describe it is to say that it is every man’s fantasy (generalizing here!). Imagine the “what if”of taking soccer and cars – 2 of man’s most beloved things and mashing them up together. Put that mixture into the Psyonix “Oven of Creative Developers” and BOOM! Out comes Rocket League. Why is it a “boom” but not a “ding”, which would normally be the sound of an oven you ask? Because I had a blast playing this game. *DING!*

rocketleagueHow to play Rocket League?

The rules of Rocket League are pretty simple. It’s exactly like soccer. Just that instead of being Lionel Messi (that’s another game), you’re now controlling the coolest car you would ever own. Actually come to think about it, I don’t think there are any rules in Rocket League. The only rule is “Have fun.” Hahaha but of course, the game still plays a lot like soccer. In a match, players from around the world are pitted against each other as 2 opposing teams. The round begins with the gigantic soccer ball in the middle of the field, and ends with the players from one side pushing it into their opponent’s goal. Then, the next round begins and the cycle happens until the whole match ends. Just watch this video from the REACT channel and you’ll get it:

Why Rocket League?

Why consider playing play Rocket League (and potentially over another game)? Cause it’s simple, easy to get into! Unlike real soccer or driving, this game takes you like what, 30 minutes to get a hang of? And you’ll be pretty decent in skill and on your way to victory. But more than just being easy to get into, this game is also most importantly, easy to get out of. Well, at least for me. If you watched the video above, you would notice that every match is only 5 minutes long – maximum. Sometimes, if you enter a match that is already in play, it’s even lesser! So if you’re just looking for a short break, this is the game for you. I’ll talk more about that in the next point, but the obvious reason to try out Rocket League is that it’s a heck load of fun. No matter whether you play it with your friends or with strangers, you’ll experience the adrenaline of a Formula One race and the hype of a World Cup match. That is why, when the game was available for free during the month of October for PS+ Members in Asia, I immediately grabbed it off the Playstation store without hesitation. Oh, and the game has cool customizations for your cars too.

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When to play Rocket League?

You know those moments when you have too little time to do something productive, but too much time to waste on doing nothing? Yup, those are the times that Rocket League will help you to kill time in the most entertaining way possible. I find this so true while waiting, especially while waiting for a phone call, a message or a short video to render. You know it’s coming soon, but you aren’t sure it will be that soon. Maybe it will take another 5 minutes? Exactly. This isn’t a game like DotA for example, in which 1 game can take you up to at least 30 minutes or more to complete. This isn’t a game that you need to commit to for the next hour, making you unavailable to your world in that time span. If you have self-control (LOL), you can even get into Rocket League for awhile in the midst of studying for an exam, while waiting for a fast food delivery to your home, or simply when you want to have some fun that will not take too much time or energy out of you.

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Where to play Rocket League?

Currently, the game is available on PC and PS4, featuring cross-platform gameplay between both mediums. Though I must mention, there is no known ways yet for players from different platforms to communicate with one another and manually form parties to play together. I guess it just happens by chance during matchmaking. But I’m sure some sort of feature will be released soon! So as you can probably already tell, this game is mostly played at home because the PC and PS4 machines are well, usually at home. But there is an alternative for PS4 players that I know of. Sony has this feature called Remote Play on the PS4, PS Vita and some of their smartphones. Simply put, it allows you to stream your Playstation 4, wherever it is sitting at home, to your handheld device, allowing for the playing of certain games (like Rocket League) while you are in a remote location away from the console. Of course, for this to happen, it requires the PS4 to be constantly on and the handheld device to be connected to the Internet. Just check out this cool video below by CorridorDigital, which features a little bit of Remote Play:

Who to play Rocket League with?

Soccer fans and car enthusiasts, but better still, family and friends that you are close to, especially if you are all geeks for such things. That’s right, Rocket League features split-screen gameplay, otherwise known as “couch co-op” in recent terms. This is an awesome way to get together with your fellow geeks either online or face to face; so pick up the controller, mouse, keyboard, headphone, skills and whatever, enter the stadium, and have a ball of a time! But maybe… you should play “just 5 minutes more?”

p.s. Not convinced that this game is for geeks yet? Just check out this latest car pack in Rocket League. Well, it’s not bad being a geek, we know how to appreciate stuff like that more. LOL.