Roadtrip Review: Rocket and Groot Steal the Galaxy by #GraphicAudio

Roadtrip Review: Rocket and Groot Steal the Galaxy by #GraphicAudio

Review: Rocket Racoon and Groot Steal the Galaxy

Ready for that first seasonal road trip with the family? Consider taking along a Graphic Audio novel like… ROCKET AND GROOT STEAL THE GALAXY! Yep, Guaurdians of the Galaxy in audio form. Enjoy this review.

 

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Thanks again for your support and God bless.

#PewDiePie, Anti-PDP, and the State of the Gaming Industry

The Rights, The Wrongs, and Society's Pulse

Regarding the article There is no ‘heat of the moment’ in video games…

I will not usually use the Longhaul Preacher blog for any kind of political statement if I can help it, but this article from Polygon/MSN News is like an open wound to me because it underscores the need in society for family friendly material and the need for increased industry and parental responsibility.

I both agree and disagree with this writer, Mr. Owen S. Good, in the context that there is no excuse, that it showed something within the player’s personality to let loose with a word he obviously uses, just not normally on his podcasts. Mr. Good is correct. Whether or not PewDiePie meant it in a racist way is actually beside the point. This is his real, off-screen personality. Welcome to the Hollywood factor, folks, he is a human being. I have been working on my mouth ever since I became a father and it is not easy. I thank him for the apology and pray that he continues to work on that. Tripping up and apologizing is easy. Repentance takes work.

On the other hand, the writer is also making excuses for the gaming industry (and, in turn, the movie and TV industries) at the same time by saying “it is just a game” and that there is no “heat of the moment” because it is “just a game.” There is a reason for the ratings system and the way Mr. Good excuses his way through the “lack” of a “heat of the moment” is the reason for the failures of the ratings system: Society no longer cares.

Take, for example, the highly popular Grand Theft Auto series. It exploits and celebrates crime up to and including murder of innocent civilians and emergency personnel and is loved by a great many gamers and game reviewers. I have never even so much as liked it, and yes, I have been introduced to it and have played it. I find it vulgar, distasteful, and not for anyone under the age of 21 if that. I have seen horror games with more tact. Yet, it is highly popular. Some might even argue it is a series more popular than Call of Duty and Halo combined, at least internationally.

Here’s the thing: I am a counselor by Masters Degree if no longer professionally (too many counselors in the state of Colorado) and I have seen both in study and in my own practice the numbing of America. We complain as children take guns to schools and shoot them up, but the children are so numbed to such an idea that it is becoming increasingly popular. There is no shock value. In that sense, Mr. Good is absolutely correct, there is no “heat of the moment” because there is no longer any “heat.” How did we get that way? Slowly through the transformation of entertainment. Westerns didn’t use to show blood. Any blood that was shown in any great amount was usually in horror movies and was so fake as to be laughable, the so-called “B-rated” movies. But now days everything has to be more and more real with greater detail. I’m all for real, but do we seriously need to exploit and celebrate the worst of humanity to do it? Do we really need to feed it to our children in as heavy doses as we do soft drinks and candy if not more?

So let’s not give the gaming industry as a whole a break on the PewDiePie dialog thing. We created games that do cause trauma to the brain. There is “heat of the moment.” It may be in small doses, but even minor trauma builds up. We use to be afraid of showing our kids horror movies of any kind before bed because “they might get nightmares.” What ever happened to that kind of responsible parenting? What ever happened to that kind of caring?

And I am not saying I am perfect, either. Showed little Freya Brave the other day, a Disney movie, and it gave her nightmares all night. My mistake. Forgot about the bear fight scenes. I just thought she’d like seeing a strong girl, Merida. Shoot, my parents have the story of taking me to see Bambi and I apparently cried and had nightmares about Bambi’s mother for days. Trauma exists in entertainment. We just need to be careful how it is fed to our children.

The reality of the world can wait, at least for our children.

“And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:5–6, NASB

Thanks for reading, y’all, and God bless.

Exploration 2: Just the Beginning

Exploration 2: Just the Beginning

When it comes to exploration, I couldn’t be more excited about the ideas Chris Roberts and crew have presented so far for Star Citizen, and despite it being a year since 3.0 was first announced and a year since my podcast regarding exploration, it is still an exciting prospect. So here it is, a recap and fresh look at 3.0 and exploration and the ships involved in the future of exploration in Star Citizen.

600i – New Explorer or Just Another Ship?

600i – New Explorer or Just Another Ship?

With apologies for no video or sound...

Sorry, but I’m still on vacation with the family after a reunion/eclipse party (hope all of you and your family had a chance as well). So, since Gamecon 2017 is on in Germany and Cloud Imperium has just released the latest info on their newest ship, the Origin Jumpworks 600i in two models of Touring and Exploration, I thought I’d better say something despite being on the road.

At first, like so many, I was just plain in awe of the look. As usual they made the newest ship in the Origin line look like an absolute dream. Selling a package that also included the coveted 890Jump luxury liner was a great piece of marketing as well. But that was where my awe ended. Then I looked at the specs. Being an explorer and not interested in shuttling around tourists more than cargo, I looked only at the Explorer Module version. Here’s what I found.

The Explorer more than doubles the cargo capacity up to 36, a far cry from the 1000+ of the Carrack or even the Constellation Aquila, while also boosting the crew need to 5, equal to the Carrack. It has no scout or snub, though it does have a rover of some kind, the cockpit of which can be seen in the picture. It looks to be a heavy hitter in the weapons department along with having decent defense in the two unmanned turrets. But for something that requires the same crew as a Carrack, I would have at least expected a scout ship (converted 85x?) or drones. It does not even have a medical bay or repair bay. Being “expandable” just isn’t enough for the first-time buy into exploration.

So it is much more just a converted Luxury ship and not much more. While CIG is content to list it with the explorers, I will give it little mention when I update the Exploration career video. It looks good. It will even likely get you from place to place faster than any other Explorer, but that is all. Give me the ugly but functional lines of the Carrack to “looks good” any day.

Y’all take care and we’ll see if I can find the time to do a podcast in the next month. Would still help greatly to have just $1 a month on Patreon from anyone to help with daycare expenses, so please prayerfully consider it. Also considering both other things I can do to build up Freya’s college fund and how to find funds to replace the church vans, so drop me a line if you have an idea.

God bless you and your family.

Thanks, y’all!

Thanks, y’all!

Big Thanks to all who have supported us in prayer...

I just wanted to thank everyone again for supporting me and my family in prayer through 2017. We have had so many setbacks as to cut my podcasting time to the point of nothing and y’all have been noncritical of me for it. I can’t wait to see 3.0 of Star Citizen finally come out, as I am sure all of you SC fans are, yet know I will likely not have time to try it until well after it is finally released. That is the nature of putting family first.

So just to let everyone know, I have a BOOK (notebooks are books, right?) of podcasting ideas, just no time to do them at the moment. If you’d like to help out, things I’m looking for are voices (preferably in the northern Denver area) for voiceover dramas, artists for same, and, of course, Patreon patronage would help with the daycare costs so I’d have more time. Even a dollar a month would be of help.

Thanks again, all. We’re off to see my side of the family and watch the eclipse together. God be with you til we meet again.

Quick Post on Shroud of the Avatar

Quick Post on Shroud of the Avatar

Portalarium and the Shroud of the Avatar

Again, I cannot apologize enough for not doing podcasts right now. Please keep praying for Grandma Char as she goes through tremendous teeth (plural) problems. Without her, we’re kind of up a creek with regards to daycare three days a week, and I spend my weekends trying to keep up with school work.

But this came across my pad and I had to share. As much as I love Chris Roberts of Wing Commander etc. fame, my undergrad years were spent in the late Ultima games of Richard “Lord British” Garriott. The gang at Cloud Imperium brought him and his new group, Portalarium, out of Austin, Texas to our attention this week as they are looking for investors as they open up a new fantasy world similar in style to the Star Citizen universe, with a dynamic economy, land and home ownership, and as instance-less experience as possible in a perpetual universe that only the Lord British could dream up.

I don’t know about you, but this has my heart pounding a bit and I have to take a look… just as soon as I find some income. Lowest investment for INVESTORS (that is people who are actually going to have stock in the company from what I gather) is $500 and comes with in-game perks as well. Take a look. I’ll see if I can scrape some pennies together so I can give a decent review somewhere down the line.

Thanks again, everyone, for your patience, please prayerfully consider $1 a month through Patreon to help with this daycare disaster, and God bless.