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In the week since our last episode, I’ve put all of thirty whole minutes into Destiny 2. It’s been a long time since that game hasn’t consumed my week and while I was looking at the down time giving me a chance to explore some other games on my backlog, all I’ve actually done is avoid gaming altogether.

That’s not a bad thing when going on the tear that I did with D2. It’s been relaxing and, oddly enough, not as stressful in the chase for getting to that stopping point. However, now that I’ve had that break and caught up on some of my shows, I’m looking to jump back in and I’d like to start with God Of War.

It isn’t my most recent memory of a game I was playing outside of D2, but it is the one holding my biggest interest and curiosity right now. Assassin’s Creed is there as well, but it’s rather large with a TON of things to do in it. Spider-Man is complete, but I’m working on the DLC – currently stopped at a very annoying side quest. The game being complete is likely why the drive isn’t there. Horizon Zero Dawn runs a close second to God Of War, but it also contains a lot of side quests and my stopping point there wasn’t the best of auto saves. Same goes for Red Dead 2.

God Of War tempts me with a pretty direct line of gameplay. It lacks the distractions of side quests, has absolutely no DLC to speak of, and still gives me the drive to complete it.

The thing is, I’m kind of looking for something exactly like that given what I’ve been doing the past year now.

 

We go as long as we can to stay off the topic of gaming and gun violence. It’s not that we don’t feel we should be talking about it, but we’re pretty much preaching to the choir when it comes to our audience. We don’t think anyone who comes to listen or watch a show about video games is going to expect us to agree with that whole games-cause-violence rhetoric. We’ve also covered it many times before.

I already hate that I have to write what I just did. The fact it even needs to be said again. The fact it is being said at all. This discussion would take longer than the 2 hours we have on this show. And even then we’d come to the same result. No one who calls in or comments could ever change our minds on the subject. And that isn’t because we aren’t willing to be open to someone’s opinion, but we have so much evidence to the contrary that we just will not ignore it.

You’d be wrong to fight us on this. You’d have every right to, I suppose, but you’d be wrong.

Look elsewhere if you want to find a method to the madness, because it isn’t video games.

It never was.

 

It’s funny when I hear people talk about other jobs. We all know the difficulty involved with being a public servant. And that includes all forms of occupations where you are there to serve, protect, or help the public. So those are the jobs I’m NOT going to be talking about.

I’ve heard people look at talk shows like ours and others and think it’s easy. And I get where they are coming from, but when you put them behind a mic and tell them to talk on one single subject for the next 2 or 3 hours or more…well, that can be tough. Then tell them to do that for either 5 days or even once a week. Again, tough gig.

Which is why I smile a bit when we get news stories about video game streamers and folks on YouTube making tons of money and I hear people say they want to do that. That it’s easy or they are missing out on an easy million bucks from this streaming thing. But streaming is just like any other job when you look at it from the outside. Observably easy, but realistically daunting.

It’s the exact same thing when we tell people radio isn’t as easy as you think. And you might brush it off on both counts (radio and streaming), but putting your feet to the fire and you’ll see just how easy neither of those things are.

I’ll leave streaming to those who are good at it and have both the emotional and mental fortitude it takes to be good enough at that to live off it.