Don’t Underestimate Your Impact on the Gaming Community

A recent interaction I had with my 3-year-old nephew got me thinking about our impact on others within the gaming community. Through gaming, the influence of others has greatly shaped me into the person I am now. Odds are, I’ve had a major impact on others through this mutual hobby as well. We all have the power to make a difference in the lives of our family, friends, and fellow gamers through our words and actions. What will you do with that power?

This one started out as a personal anecdote with no real direction. However, as I got going, it felt like an opportunity to discuss how one voice can really make a difference. Adding some of my parents home footage of me and my brother gaming as kids really added to that point. Stick around to the very end to see the moment when I got a Super Nintendo for my birthday! In retrospect, that moment really changed my life!

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Live Streaming and A Teachable Moment

One of the most amazing aspects of live streaming is the way in which it brings people together from all over the world. Been fortunate enough to have viewers make a positive impact on the show from the US, Mexico, South Africa, England, France, Australia, Germany, and more. I make it a point to celebrate our cultural differences while bonding over a common love of gaming. Wherever you are, I want you to feel like there’s a place for you here.

Up until this point, we’ve been able to maintain a positive environment with little moderation. However, I was put into a dilemma when an enthusiastic viewer caught me by surprise with a racially-insensitive comment.

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Amiibo Figures and Video Game Object Photography

Years ago, I wrote a piece about my Sheik Amiibo. As part of that post, I hastily took a picture of Sheik and Zelda standing together. Not thinking much about the artistic merits of the shot itself, they were placed on top of a fighstick with a picture of Spider-Man and I in the background.

Years later, while mining my archives for content to post on the In Third Person Instagram account, I found that picture. I showed it to my wife and asked her, “Hey, what if I post this picture with the caption, ‘Two sides to every story’?”. She replied, “Can you bring those Amiibos to me?”

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Acceptance and Empathy in Gaming Culture

Towards the end of the Pikmin 3 massacre (R.I.P.), a conversation between Rachel of Double Jump fame and I triggered a rant about acceptance and empathy in games. With a bit more of both, I think the greater discourse around games could be a much more positive experience for all. Don’t have a magic wand to make that change in the world overnight, but I’ll try my best to be respectful of other people’s opinions, having healthy discussions around differing views without resorting to personal attacks, and prevent myself from acting as a gatekeeper to others.

Justice League Vol. 1: Origin

There was a time in history when the world had Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman, but they didn’t have the Justice League. In Vol. 1: Origin, we get the new story for how that came to be, as the events of Flashpoint basically reset the entire DC universe. This book is a treat for superhero comics, as it’s a bombastic affair starring DC’s finest.

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I’m Going to Toronto Comicon!

Well, that escalated quickly. Just a week ago, I wasn’t even reading comic books. Now Steff and I are heading to Toronto Comicon this weekend. She’s been in the comic book game longer than I have, so at least one of us has some street cred. Unlike our previous Fan Expo adventures, we’re only going for one day and I’m not really sure what to expect beyond a smaller and more focused Fan Expo. At this point, the big draw for me is the retail section, as I’m looking to grab a few more comics and comic-related merchandise to flesh out my stash. Are you going to Toronto Comicon this weekend?

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Let’s Talk About Duke Nukem Forever

I remember first reading about Duke Nukem Forever in EGM magazine back in 1997. That feels like it was a lifetime ago for me. While this game was going through development hell, I hit puberty, graduated college on two separate occasions and have worked six different jobs before settling into a stable position in the digital advertising industry. It’s crazy to me to think that 14 years later, this game has officially gone gold and is supposedly coming out in a matter of days.

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