Graphical Snobbery

Graphics CardI’m a regular listener of the MassivelyOP podcast. I enjoy the years of gaming insight that both hosts bring to the show, as well as their down-to-earth style of communicating. However, one term (or concept, really) continues to be brandished about during that podcast that tends to rub me the wrong way. The phrase “graphics snobs” has been used several times as of late in describing those who dismiss a game purely on graphical presentation and without any other basis. While I understand the hosts’ objections, the idea sometimes comes across more like “graphics really aren’t all that important to a game, anyway.” It’s with this implication that I take issue.

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Thankful for Creation

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In the United States, it’s once again the time of year when we gather around a veritable feast, enjoy (or endure) conversation with family and fall asleep in front of a football game. In recent years, Thanksgiving and the concept of colonizing the states and the subsequent effects on the native populations has come under increasing fire, or at least scrutiny, in the name of political posturing and social justice. Those who do so are overlooking the larger picture. Thanksgiving is about being thankful for the good things in life. It’s about reflecting on the past twelve months and seeking those times when we have been blessed beyond what we deserve – which is true for every blessing, come to think of it. While food and football are traditions, the act of reflecting on the positive aspects in life require neither, and is probably healthier than both!

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Awakening the Force: Star Wars TOR

SWTORIn the last episode of Burton and Scrooge, resident “scrooge” Brian was talking about getting back into Star Wars: The Old Republic now that the latest expansion has dropped. I’ve played SWTOR very briefly in the past as a free-to-play player, and enjoyed it quite a bit. My frustration with the game was purely technical, as every 2nd time I booted the game launcher, it would go through a “reorganizing data” phase which lasted upwards of three hours. I tried a few Internet fixes, none of which worked, and eventually decided that a free game that only worked 50% of the time was not as appealing as other options. It’s an unfortunate situation when you’ve got a great game, but you can’t get out of your own way to be able to deliver it to a potential customer!
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My Podcast Playlist

MicrophoneI listen to a lot of podcasts. For the last several years, my sanity during the morning and evening commutes has been maintained by a trusty list of shows that are currently of interest. Recently it occurred to me that I’ve never actually posted about the shows that I enjoy, which seems odd considering that I’m such a proponent of word-of-mouth advertising for the medium! First of all, I do almost all of my listening on a mobile device, my Samsung Galaxy S5 using Shifty Jelly’s Pocketcast app. I think I paid $3.99 for the app, but since I’ve already paid, I’m having trouble determining if that price is still accurate (simply shows as “installed” in the Google Play store page). At any rate, it was a small price to pay for an app that does exactly what I need with suitable customization that I literally use every single day.

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