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Gamespy To Shutdown 06-30-2014

Jim reflects on the shutdown of the GameSpy online gaming platform, and how much of an affect it truly has on the history of our culture.

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Over a decade…

Eleven years ago today, I became a father. It hasn’t been the ride I expected, but I am proud of my daughter, Madison, and know that she’s going to continue to grow into an amazing human being.

Happy Birthday, Madison.

I love you.

Watch_Dogs “confirmed” release date & the future of video game collecting

Jim discusses the “confirmed” release window of Watch_Dogs, and the effects of Always-Online gameplay on the culture of collecting video games.

PlayStation Gold Wireless headset review

Jim reviews the Playstation Gold Wireless Stereo headset (PS4). Yes, you can buy them at retail stores now!

A lot of common questions are asked and expanded on in the comments, so, please read them if you have any unanswered questions from the review. If no one’s asked, have at it!

Thanks for all the great conversations so far!



PART 2 coming soon!

Flint for the imagination

Growing up, a word that came up quite often around me was “imagination”. I was always conjuring up my own little universes, inspired by the staples of the time: Godzilla, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Spider-man, the Super-Friends, and so on. If my creativity was the wood, and these inspirations the fuel, the spark undeniably came from the desire to learn more.

I constantly raided the public library, as well as the one at my school, R.O. Nelson Elementary (and, later, Saunders Middle), scouring every shelf for any shred of information about these characters. I wanted to know their back stories, how the films were created, and, ultimately, where these ideas came from in the first place. It doesn’t take much to see the seeds that were planted in my mind at the time. Over the years, my interest in science, psychology, art, theology (and even a lack thereof), and technology can trace its roots straight to the so-coveted orange Movie Monster books I grew up with.

Also, a few unsung writers that poured their hearts, souls, and a ridiculous amount of research into anthology-style books on Sci-Fi meant a great deal to me. These books delved more into the psychology of these character, which were simply misunderstood, more often than not. I learned a great deal about the value of compassion from knowing the stories of Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf-Man, and, yes, even Godzilla beyond the visceral imagery that had hooked me in the first place.

Long live the archivists, print and otherwise. You’re preserving more than history – you’re keeping the fire burning for the next wide-eyed kid that comes along.

Godzilla Is My CoPilot: How my favorite pop culture influenced me as a child

When I was a child, My most vivid memories revolve around two characters: Godzilla and Spider-Man. I identified with both of these icons for very different reasons. Spider-Man, although powerful, was a tangible, real person that had real problems. Godzilla, on the other hand, was so powerful that no amount J. Jonah Jameson’s ridicule would touch him – he leveled entire cities daily with a mere thought.

As I grew up, Other characters and influences came and went, but, always, unflappably, there was always the G-Man and Pete. Both of these icons greatly influence my self-image to this day. The imagery reminds me that no problem is insurmountable, and that I am not alone.