Podcast EP 11 – Video Games and Engaging Flow at Work

Episode 11 of the ClassicallyTrained podcast is based on the article I wrote for FastCompany- Inspiration From Video Games To Get Into A Flow State At Work – you can read it HERE.

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Video games are often cited as one of the most quickly accessed sources of flow. Achieving a state of flow is part of what makes playing video games so enjoyable.

“The state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; … Continue reading

An Expert Shares How to Really Listen to Music and Change Your Life

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As I continue to explore the intersection of life, leadership, and video games, I would be terribly remiss if I did not speak about a key component and source of joy in my life: music.

Now at first, those not familiar with video games might find this to be a strange thought. In fact, if you are thinking about early games like pong and Space Invaders, there is very little … Continue reading

Podcast EP 10 – Interview with Hans Van Vliet of 7Bit Hero

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Today’s interview is with Hans from 7bit Hero, he is the frontman for the bitpop band based out of Brisbane, Australia. The group’s music combines chiptune samples, old-school gaming, as well as live instruments to create an experience unlike any other. 7bit Hero has played notable shows including the EB Games Expo, and PAX AUS. Their song Come on. Stand out was nominated at the Q Music awards for best pop song, and their EP We … Continue reading

A Gamer’s Guide to Achieving Work Life Balance

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We all wear many hats, I know I have a few myself: Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Friend, Manager/employee, Entrepreneur/Blogger/Podcaster for ClassicallyTrained, Gamer…just to name a few.

I’m sure you have a few responsibilities of your own.

Everyone seems to be struggling to find work/life balance. And as far as I know, there is no Game Genie for achieving work life balance to give you infinite time and resources.

So how do I keep it all … Continue reading

Podcast EP 09 – Level Up In Real Life

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Episode 09 features more important life lessons from video games – the concept of leveling up.

The Importance of Leveling Up

Originating in role playing games, the idea of leveling up has become ubiquitous across all genres of video games. The is idea is that time, effort, and successes within games help us grow and progress, often represented by a level number.

 

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Video Game Quotes: Kingdom Hearts on Taking Action

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If you have a dream, don’t wait. Act.

– Axel, Kingdom Hearts 2

Video Game Quotes Wednesday on ClassicallyTrained.net

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Life Lessons from Video Games: Skeuomorphism & Journaling

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Did You Remember to Save?

Since the days of battery based save systems on the NES, I’ve been an almost compulsive game saver. I find myself creating multiple save states in some games – at one point, I think I had 12 different save points for Metal Gear Solid 4, and my saves in Half Life 2 almost required their own indexed … Continue reading

Podcast EP 08 – Interview with Curtis Fletcher: Leadership, Parenting & Hiring

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Curtis Fletcher is a Spectaculum Artifex (Creator of the Spectacular). 

Self described as part wizard, part warrior-poet, and part wiseguy, Curtis Fletcher has held a wide range of roles from CTO to VP of Strategy; from Web Designer to Director of Marketing Operations, he’s had experience with creating department charters, organizational design, and process design for multiple Customer Experience focused groups. He has been involved in redesigning customer experiences for close to 15 years, at companies such as Corporate Express, Ariba, … Continue reading