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  1. Switching Weapons — Escort Mission

    Switching Weapons

    After several consecutive weekends of duty, call-ins or other assorted shenanigans, I’m finally able to sit down and churn one of these things out. My clearly inaccurate assumption that gearing up to leave the military would provide more time to commit to writing these articles has caused numerous delays, but has not pushed me out entirely. Rest assured, I may be scarce, but I’m not gone!  And if I’m to be totally honest, World of Warcraft: Legion and Destiny: Rise of Iron have not been helpful in that regard. But in my defense, this is a gaming column, and I’m chalking that up to field research…

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  2. Switching Weapons – A Life of Expectancy

    Switching Weapons

    With the process of my separation ramping up, I’m finding it challenging to find opportunities to sit down and write. But fear not, I’m still managing to find them! Apologies for the delay of the article, but life should now have calmed down enough to provide a more sustainable schedule. Fortunately, as with last time, this leads directly into my topic.

    When I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, hopping on the bus from Akron, OH on the way to Ft Benning, GA for Basic Combat Training, I only had stereotypes and hearsay to go off of in terms of what to expect. I had seen movies, I’d heard stories, I’d read articles and I’d played enough video games at that point to have, what I thought, was a general idea of what Basic would be like. Some of it was true, some of it wasn’t. Did my expectations color my experience? Of course they did. Did they ruin it? In some aspects, I suppose they did, but for the most part, no.

    I’ve seen a lot of things happen in my beloved gaming world recently; games being delayed, games releasing with bugs and performance issues, games not delivering on promises made, and the reaction has always been the same. Hatred. Vitriol. Volatility. The gaming community sees an imperfect game the way a swarm of sharks sees a scoop of chum. They sense the blood in the water and they frenzy. Two years ago it was Watch_Dogs disappointing a horde of gamers that wanted it to be “Person of Interest—The Game.”  (Kudos if you get that reference)  Last year it was Batman: Arkham Knight and its abysmal performance on PC. A few months ago, Destiny (still my current obsession) fans complained that the April update was too-little too-late. Most recent, it was the No Man’s Sky fiasco. (more…)

  3. Switching Weapons – Looking for Group

    Switching Weapons

    Rest assured, I have not disappeared again! I realize I may have forgotten to mention this last time, but the new incarnation of this series is going to be bi-weekly for the time being. That said, let’s go ahead and dive into this week’s topic: communities.

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  4. Switching Weapons – Loading the Next Checkpoint

    Switching Weapons

    Well, it’s been quite a while, hasn’t it?  I suppose I could start with an apology for my absence, explain about how hectic the last four years of my life overseas in the military was, lament over the harrowing experience the return to the US was, and pledge to make a return to form worthy of the following.  I’d considered the right amount of wit, exposition, articulation and alliteration, but decided the seven people that actually read my column would probably forgive me.  All kidding aside, it’s good to be back.

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  5. Switching Weapons – Finding Your Zama Gamerz and The Origins Game Fair

    In a fortuitous turn of events, no sooner was I given the privilege of launching this series, than I experience an event completely and utterly worth writing about! Over the past two weeks, I spent a long-overdue vacation in my hometown of Akron, Ohio. While it was great to see family and friends again after […]

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