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.
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?”
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.
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.
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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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.