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 … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes: Uncharted 3 on Opportunities

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We don’t get to choose how we start in the life. Real ‘greatness’ is what you do with the hand you’re dealt.

– Victor Sullivan aka Sully, Uncharted 3

Disbelief. Skepticism.

Those are the typical responses I find when I make the point that video games teach personal accountability. To be honest, I did not really understand this until I learned about John G. Miller, and his QBQ! Question Behind the Question (Listen to my interview with him HERE).

This quote from Sully in Uncharted 3 captures the basis for just about every video game and how personal accountability fits in.

Video games often involve the hero of the story starting out with nothing, at level one; or if you do have items or skills, they are selected by the game designer. In some cases, like Castlevania: SOTN or Metroid Prime, you start out with power ups, only to quickly lose them.

At this point you could give up, sell the game, throw your controller across the room, and swear off video games all together.

But that’s not what we do. We play on. We overcome. We grow and fight to become stronger.

Guess what? The same approach works in your own life.

Sure, others may have it better than you. But if you are reading this on a computer or a smart phone, you are doing a lot better than a million other people in the world today.

What matters most is what you do next. So what will it be? How will you play the hand you have been dealt?

To go further, check out this book, filled with video game quotes, examples, and illustrations to help you apply what you learn in video games to your own life!

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Podcast EP 35: Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness

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Steve Kamb is the founder of NerdFitness.com, a worldwide fitness community dedicated to helping nerds, desk jockeys, and self-aware robots level up their lives. He’s also the author of the upcoming book, Level Up Your Life, that gives people a blueprint for prioritizing adventure, growth, and happiness by turning a life into a giant video game. While running his company from a coconut laptop, Steve has adventured all over the world, explored the ruins of Machu Picchu, dived with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, and lived like James Bond in Monte Carlo. He has guest lectured at Google, Google Dublin, Facebook, TEDxEmory, and regularly speaks at Vanderbilt University.

 Join us as we talk about:
  • Turning your life into a big video game
  • How to get started with exercise, diet, or any other new habit
  • Steve’s own Epic Quest of Awesome
  • Steve’s new book Level Up Your Life
  • The value of community
  • How to harness momentum in 2016 and beyond
  • …and much more!

Links:

Steve’s book
Shortcut to the SUPER helpful resources page (START HERE!)

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

ClassicallyTrained.net is your site for life & leadership lessons from classic video games, articles, and motivational video game quotes to help you keep leveling up. 

Podcast EP 34: Arnie Roth & Final Fantasy: A New World

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Arnie Roth is an American Grammy Award-winning conductor, composer, and record producer, best known for conducting numerous concerts for video game music. He is also a classically trained violinist and a member of the Grammy Award-winning music group Mannheim Steamroller. Roth is also the principal conductor and music director of the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Play! A Video Game Symphony, and several Final Fantasy concerts including Distant Worlds and Final Fantasy A New World.


SPECIAL GIVEAWAY – Win a pair of tickets to the January 23, 2016 Miami, Florida performance of Final Fantasy: A New World – CLICK HERE TO ENTER! (Contest ends 1/19/16). 


 

Join us as we talk about:

  • Arnie’s involvement with the music of the Final Fantasy.
  • What is unique about the music of Final Fantasy, and Final Fantasy A New World.
  • Some of the amazing ways that fans express their passion for the music and the games themselves.
  • The magic behind translating the music of Final Fantasy into full orchestral performances.
  • What Arnie has learned in his own life through being a part of directing and performing music from Final Fantasy games.
  • …and much more!

Learn more about Final Fantasy: A New World by going here: http://ffnewworld.com/

Podcast EP 33: Life Lessons From Video Games

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If you are a gamer, you realize the power of video games to inspire, excite, and even teach life lessons. This special episode is dedicated to all the gamers who realize the amazing potential for good within one of our favorite hobbies.

Featuring some of the best thoughts of influential experts from my interviews over the past year, this episode is packed with thought provoking commentary on life lessons from video games.

Please enjoy and share with others.

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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 … 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. … Continue reading