Hidden In Plain Sight: Mike Tyson’s PunchOut!! Secret for Your Life

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Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! was such a great game to play on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

It had all the right features: detailed graphics, exciting music, responsive controls, and memorable characters (Except the ones that I forgot in this head-to-head Video Game Trivia battle with Wired Editor Chris Kohler).

 Best of all, this game is a ton of fun to play.

While still in our youth, my friend Derek McCloud and I played countless rounds on his copy … Continue reading

29 Life Lessons From Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Animal Crossing is such a great game. I have fond memories of the original Animal Crossing on the Game Cube. It was fresh, funny, and oddly addictive. Being able to see the game world change in time with real world seasons was impressive. I loved the depth of the game, and while in college I found a friend who also played the game. We could then visit each other’s villages and share silly (and sometimes … Continue reading

Are Video Games a Waste of Time?

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As a Gamer for over 30 years, I have often heard critics of video games dismiss the hobby as a waste of time.

Wait, more like a “HUGE waste of time.”

This became even more obvious once I graduated college and started working in a professional role. I felt like I had to keep the fact that I enjoyed video games a secret. I thought to myself, “Sure it’s okay to play golf all day Saturday … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes Final Fantasy VI On Hope

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First things first. For once I feel hopeful!

– Edgar Roni Figaro, Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI is one of my all time favorite video games. The story, the music, the game play, and all of the characters – everything about this game is outstanding.

The story follows quite a dramatic arc, filled with fun and adventure, but some very terrible things happen in the course of the game. Tales of love that was lost, depression, powerlessness, separation, and even the near destruction of the world.

But at it’s heart, Final Fantasy VI is about hope. About finding meaning in the face of extreme adversity. About finding your purpose and living life with intention.

Maybe you are feeling a bit lost or hopeless. Edgar’s quote gives us a hint for how to get back on track:

First things first.

When life feels overwhelming or we have a hard time finding hope, focus on what you can do, right in front of you. Make sure you eat well, sleep well, and spend time with those you love.

Don’t worry about every detail, but focus on the one thing you can do right now to make your situation a little better. Take action each day, even if what you can do seems small or insignificant, it adds up.

Seeing results will give you hope. But even if you cannot see results right away, don’t give up. If video games can teach us anything, it’s the ability to persist in the face of challenge – and overcome.

You got this.

– Jon

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Space Quest IV On How To Escape The Jerk Cycle

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That’s your head, Roger. Now USE IT FOR SOMETHING!”

– The Narrator, Space Quest IV

Do you ever wonder about people who act or speak before they think? How many times could serious problems be avoided, if someone involved just took the time to think?

I love the Space Quest series, especially the humor of the fourth game. The game is a blast to figure out and requires quite a bit of thinking and persistence.

Failing … Continue reading

How Fallout 4 Can Help You Find Your Purpose In Life

Fallout 4 life lessons I want you to imagine the following: You are in Fallout Shelter #139 and you will never make it out.   There is a 9 year old who is also in the shelter with you who will be put into cryostasis, and they will survive to live as an adult in a world where almost everything is the same as it is today (as opposed to the post-apocalyptic wasteland found in Fallout 4, by Bethesda Game Studios – yes, … Continue reading

November Listening: End of an Empire by Celldweller

It’s been a while since I have done a reading/listening/playing update, so this is way overdue. But I promise you, November’s list is packed with a fantastic item.  In fact, this is basically an album review. Let’s jump right into it:

Listening – End of an Empire by Celldweller

end of an empire cover art I’m a huge fan of Klayton of Celldweller, going back his work in the early 90’s as Brainchild/Circle of Dust/Argyle Park. I’m honestly … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes: Animal Crossing on Friendship

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Sometimes, all it takes is a good friend to remind you of all the things you like about your life.

– Kiki, Animal Crossing: City Folk

Relationships with others makes life significant – it’s often in those connections that we can find greater purpose. Having a good friend can do wonders for many areas of your life, even awareness of how great your life really is.

I know that it does not always feel amazing, but again, it’s the quality of those relationships that we have that underscore the value we see in each and every day.

Next time you feel a bit down, go see a friend. If you can’t go in person, make a phone call. There is magic in hearing another’s voice that a text message or email just can’t replicate.

 Do you have a favorite video game quote?

How Assumptions Interfere with Critical Thinking

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“We make decisions based on what we think we know.” – Simon Sinek

There is a common saying about assumptions: when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.

Here’s the hard part: we make assumptions all the time.

One of my all-time favorite games is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. In this game you play as Dracula’s son, Alucard, who enters his father’s castle to stop him from terrorizing humanity. This entry in the CastlevaniaContinue reading

What Asteroids Can Teach You About Being A Rich Employee

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Asteroids happens to be a video game that James Altucher (Choose Yourself) mentioned recently, so I can’t help but take up the challenge to discuss how his latest book The Rich Employee aligns with principles found in the video game Asteroids.

If you don’t already know who he is, James Altucher is basically the uncle or neighbor I’ve always wanted. He’s eccentric, honest, and redefines “Thinking outside of the box.” He also … Continue reading