I love my new Titanfall gaming shirt

As an aficionado of video games, I enjoy displaying my hobby to others in the form of clothing. I particularly like t-shirts that have gaming-related characters or logos. And while I’m not bashful (I will rock a “Super Meat Boy”-face t-shirt loud and proud), I generally prefer shirts that are stylish and unobtrusive.

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The Tooth Monster vs. The Tooth Fairy

Many families have traditions of friendly mythical beings that visit the house on special occasions to impart treats to children. Common folklore includes Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, and The Tooth Fairy.

Parents pretend that these ‘people’ exist for a variety of reasons. Many parents like to “keep the magic” of the tradition alive because their parents did them and they remember them as fun. Personally, I’m a bit of a buzzkill when it comes to these traditions. But there is one tradition I kept for both of my children, The Tooth Monster.

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Codecademy/Ready Review

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The internet is a wonderful and horrible place, and I have long felt compelled to make my mark on it (hopefully for the better). I used to have a Geocities site. I took a class in community college where I learned the fundamentals of HTML. I still have my copy of HTML Goodies, which was a fantastic reference book in its time for newbies like me.

Every few years, I feel the urge to dive into creating websites again. This very site is the result of one such urge. Nowadays, anyone with an internet connection can build a website using WordPress or another content management system (CMS). You can download themes and change colors and fonts. But what if you want to go deeper? You are going to need some training. And thankfully, in this age of technology, there are resources for learning web development, just like Codecademy.

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Toxic Rocket League community, you win this round

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What is “toxic”

What does it mean to be a toxic community? In multiplayer online video games you are bound to play against some trash-talkers. There is trash talk in physical sports, e-sports, regular life. Some people just talk trash, but they might still respect their opponent and their team. Judging a community’s toxicity is not a science, it’s more of a “feel”. When I play Titanfall 2 online, most people aren’t using voice chat, but when they are, it’s largely not “hate speech” and vitriol. So if I were to judge the Titanfall 2 community, at least on Xbox One, I would say that is not toxic, but also not especially helpful. That’s just how it “feels” to me, and your mileage may vary.

A “toxic” game on the other hand has an apparently plentiful stock of players who have zero respect for others, and they blissfully display this disregard in voice chat, text chat, and private messages. (Thanks for letting me know how “trash” I am through an Xbox Live message. The win wasn’t enough, you have to kick a guy when he’s down?) Continue reading