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    Power, and What You Can Do Today

    Power is not a scary word. Evil is a scary word, but it’s because of decades of conditioning that has led to us associating power with evil, because power is always used against us. Power in the right hands is a force for good, but it must be in the hands of reliable and trustworthy people. So don’t wait for someone else to do it! Make yourself into a trustworthy person and exercise what power

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    A Momentous Occasion

    Well, one of many soon to occur. I passed my driver's exam!

    Because our state decided they would extend their lockdown rules a bit longer, I no longer have to take the multi-hour drive with the instructor beside me. Literally all I had to do was park forward, park backward, and do a three-point-turn, and a couple of turns and stops.

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    Choose You This Day

    A man was walking past three workers in a construction zone where a library was going to be built. He yelled over the noise, "What are you three men doing?"

    The first worker replied, "I'm drilling a hole."

    The second worker said, "I'm earning $20 an hour."

    The third worker smiled. "I am building a temple of learning."

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    The Author's Rendition of Marshal Malice

    I decided to use what little artistic skills I have to create the image I had in my head of A Rather Large Adventure's main villain. Marshal Malice's appearance is a bit tough to translate into words. To simplify, he looks like someone slapped a dragon head onto a centipede. With ten legs. A one-tenthipede.

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    Made a new friend today.

    He seems nice.

    I'm taking name suggestions.

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The Death of the Simple Game · 11:28pm September 5th

Today, we managed to reinstall/download a game that my older brother had taken with him on his married adventure. It was the 2003 video game adaptation of The Return of the King. My brother played it playing up, and more recently, I played it a ton as well. This is a very fun, yet simple game with no DLCs, expansion packs, online multiplayer, or complicated mechanics. You can play this game for a few hours every day for a few weeks, then put it away until the next time you feel a hankering for nostalgia. Why aren't there any more like it?

Nowadays, new games being released by major companies tend to mostly fall into two categories: a crappy phone game you can play on the toilet, or a thirty-hour fps campaign with a fully orchestrated score and an online multiplayer battle royale. These games are fine by themselves, but when every game requires this much commitment, it starts to not feel very fulfilling. You need more medium-sized meals in between the big stuff. This Lord of the Rings game fulfills that role to a T. So why aren't there more like it? I can attribute this phenomenon to the revolutionary, most beloved, and single overall greatest game of the 2010s: Minecraft.

Minecraft completely changed the face of gaming forever. It's a virtually limitless game that people dedicate hundreds or even thousands of hours to alongside their friends. The only real test is how imaginative you can be. And this experience is available for only 27 dollars. How are other companies supposed to compete with that? The only real answer they saw was to make every game so chock-full of things that they start to lose the actual good experience of gaming. So many bells and whistles are now being crammed into every single game that those perfectly fine mid-tier games are being pushed aside for the higher priority of the game company seeking to make the next Minecraft.

When this happens, the developers are being forced to create products that they are unsatisfied with, and consumers end up paying more money for less content. The result is an overpriced experience that barely resembles a finished product, or an experience with terrible story, gameplay, and dialogue, but stunning graphics. How many times have you seen a game that is initially predicted to be really good, but then fails upon release?

Many times, people have been rediscovering the olden games from the 2000s and finding they're on par with or even exceed the current games being released today. Battlefront 2005 instead of Battlefront 2017. Fallout 3 and New Vegas instead of Fallout 4 and 76. The Sims 3 instead of 4. Halo 3. Oblivion. GTA San Andreas. Knights Of The Old Republic. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Even Club Penguin is fondly remembered. These games were not just good back then, they are still good even now. The AAA games being released now are far too complex and far too similar between them all for most people to really care. The gaming industry is far less concerned about making compelling games and more concerned about making buttloads of money off impressionable fans.

TL; DR: The Minecraft revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.

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