Recently, thousands of gamers raged when a gaming company, Activision-Blizzard, took steps against a gamer. During a live broadcast of a Blizzard event, the gamer shared his support of the Hong Kong movement. Gamers felt betrayed because the company they loved seemingly pandered to China by heavily punishing the offending gamer. This gaming company has a growing interest in China, and clearly hopes to grow its sales in one of the largest markets of the world. These gamers hope to force change in the company through protest and refusing to buy future products from the company. This brings up a few logical disconnects that I hope to address with this blog entry. (more…)
Recently, I read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox. According to Wikipedia, “Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University, the author of several books, and a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This book rates very high, and came recommended by one of my LDS friends, so I had to give it a good read!
I continue my series of blog entries addressing numerous notes I took while reading it. Today, I wish to address his concerns about eternity, and counter the answers he gives. Even if you do not particularly care for this perspective here, many others express similar concerns. Thankfully, the Bible has answers, though not many will like what God has to say. (more…)
Last weekend, I read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox. According to Wikipedia, “Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University, the author of several books, and a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This book rates very high, and came recommended by one of my LDS friends, so I had to give it a good read! (more…)
Another week has gone by where I have not completed any real writing exercises. I did spend some time researching and reading, however. Some of the literature I read ties into my writing more so than the rest of it. As I share with you my thoughts on these stories, you will find a good mix. As always, the star ratings simply represent how much I enjoyed the books, and are not meant to be some true “objective” critique as to the quality of the writing involved.
Pool of Radiance is a role-playing video game developed and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc (SSI) in 1988. It was the first adaptation of TSR’s Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) fantasy role-playing game for home computers, becoming the first episode in a four-part series of D&D computer adventure games. The other games in the “Gold Box” series used the game engine pioneered in Pool of Radiance, as did later D&D titles such as the Neverwinter Nights online game. Pool of Radiance takes place in the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, with the action centered in and around the port city of Phlan. (Wikipedia) (more…)
Icewind Dale was was originally developed by Black Isle Studios and released on June 29, 2000. Icewind Dales Enhanced edition was later developed by Beamdog and released on October 30, 2014.
Evil stirs beneath the Spine of the World. (more…)
As a fan of more traditional RPGs (especially turn based) and strategy games, I often have to turn to retro gaming for my kicks. Out of the dozens (if not hundreds) of games I saw on display during this year’s E3 conference, I only spotted three turn based RPGs, and one sad, mobile strategy game. Back 10-20 years ago, one could not walk down the shelves without hitting a dozen titles that fit these genres.