Hypocrisy in the Gaming Community

After playing video games for so long, and them acting almost as a quasi-parental model, I couldn’t help but notice some glaring contradictions in the lives of gamers. This piece is for people who play video games to excess. It doesn’t give me pleasure to do this, but being a psychology major with the intent […]

A Review of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

Save your money. A lot of us grew up with the Final Fantasy series; I know I did. As a kid in the single digits, my mom bought me VII, and after that the rest is history. As a troubled teen, I found solace in the like-mindedness of Squall and played VIII far more than […]

Fallout, and Other Excuses for Video Game Addiction

Hundreds of hours in you think it’s fun; it’s really addiction. When I first downloaded Fallout Shelter for my iPhone 7, I played it almost two days straight. I was obsessed with getting out of the initial crawl, where food and water were scarce, the lights occasionally went out, and people could barely last minutes […]

If You Have to Use Social Media (You Don’t), Only Use It to Post Links

I’m about halfway through Jaron Lanier’s book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, and much of it is like a breath a fresh air, like seeing someone articulate what you’ve been feeling intuitively for years. That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of insights or new information; the guy helped […]

I, Self, and Free Will

In a well-respected dictionary, Self is defined as “having a single character or quality throughout” (Merriam-Webster). There is a universal belief that is arguably unconscious in the vast majority of human beings. And that belief is this: That many of us go about our day to day lives believing that we control ourselves in totality […]

A Power Outage at Work and Forced Non-Distraction

As a full-time college student with a long commute (1 hour 30 minutes one-way by bus) to and from work, I have been spending the weekends at work. I’ve got a cot and clothes hangers and a locker and a gym with showers… so I’ve made it work. Near the start of my overnight shift, […]

Why You Should (Occasionally) Play Old Video Games

I was being unskillful with my thoughts, wasting time on the computer and clicking through items on Steam, when I realized I hadn’t gotten the achievement for beating Final Fantasy VIII. I had Squall at level 100, everyone else barebones, with max Strength and wicked stats across the board. Ribbon, Auto-Haste, the works. I quickly […]