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Surviving Steam Sales: Benefits of waiting to buy

I usually post on Wednesdays. Today’s Thursday. I hope you all managed to last through the agony of an extra day without my insights. I’m here today to talk a bit about patience.

I’m tackling the first world problem of having waited forever for Dragon Age: Inquisition to come out, then finding my PC isn’t powerful enough to run it. DA:I is my most anticipated game in as long as I can remember.

I actually realised my dilemma a few months ago and I started looking into getting a new PC. It’s about time for one anyway. Turns out my brother’s not using his old one (and it’s newer than mine) so he’s very generously giving it to me as a belated birthday present. I’ll be seeing family in a few weeks, so I may get it then, or maybe after Christmas.

So, yeah, as I said: first world problem. It’s made me more mindful of patience. For your benefit and mine, here are some tips and thoughts on the topic.

Now, you’ll see several of these points are around money, and the general focus is games, movies and so on – which is timely, really, with lots of holiday sales coming up – but as you become more patient in these realms, you may find your patience for other things increasing as well. Continue reading Surviving Steam Sales: Benefits of waiting to buy

How to Cope with the Post-PAX Blues

It’s been 10 days since PAX Aus 2014 ended. Does it feel longer or shorter?

Both, maybe?

After PAX (or other awesome gatherings of like-minded nerds) there’s a point where you come down from the high and the excitement. A lot of people feel hollow or bereft after PAX. It is known.

So what can you do about it?

Well, first off, let’s reframe. You’ve only got the blues because you just spent hours or days among your extended family of nerdkind revelling in each other’s company and sharing great experiences and memories. You had an awesome time. Don’t forget that :) Yet, remembering it and how normal life is so unlike that mystical time can get you down.

So we need to do something. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Connect with fellow nerds online
  • Share memories, photos and stories
  • Join or create a regular nerd gathering
  • Work on cosplay or plan for next year
  • Make the most of every encounter

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Huff & Puff: Lessons from The Wolf Among Us about living with your actions

The Wolf Among Us is full of uncertain choices. So is life, except you can’t reload. Have you ever made a choice and regretted it later?

Bigby Wolf sure has.

Did your decision have unexpected consequences? What happens when a similar situation comes up and you feel like doing the same thing again is right this time, despite what happened before?

How do you choose? It can be a real head-scratcher.

Bigby Head Scratching

Here are some lessons from the game about living with your actions and their consequences. (Scenes from the game are talked about in general terms and  specific spoilers are hidden).

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Be Someone’s Hero: Help this Aussie family make a game about bullying, resilience & pizza ninjas!

Ninja Pizza Girl is “a serious game about bullying, emotional resilience and pizza delivering ninjas!” That’s from the Kickstarter page of this Australian family’s game.

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A man chooses, a slave obeys: 3 lessons from BioShock about choice & control

We all lament that we don’t have as much choice and control over our lives as we’d like. Bad weather, abrasive people, overwhelming workloads. Out of our control, right?

But what if we have more control than we think?

What if we just need to look at things from a different perspective to gain control and realise choices we never thought we had?

In this article we’ll learn what BioShock can teach us about choice and control.

If you haven’t played it, you can currently get BioShock for a dollar via Humble Bundle until 23 July 2014. To avoid spoilers, would you kindly finish the game before reading on.

Spoilers lie ahead for the original BioShock. Big unmarked spoilers.

If you’re cool with that, read on.

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