When Best Buy Was King

Nowadays, when I need a part for my gaming rig or a new music track to listen to, I need go no further than my personal laptop, which is stored conveniently in my living room cabinet. With a few clicks, the product in question will soon be leaving the nearest Amazon shipping facility or downloading to my personal device. But there was once a time when purchasing such a luxury would entail putting on my shoes, exiting my domicile and transporting myself to the happiest place on Earth: the local Best Buy.

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Gaming as the Kids Grow

When I first started playing LOTRO, my kid’s ages were 10, 8, 6 and 4 years. In those days, they had a fairly strict bedtime of 8:00 in order to maximize both their sleep time and my wife and I’s sanity. Thanks to this rule, I was able to put off playing video games until afterwards. It was convenient for me to be able to completely separate video game time from family time, as I was very cognizant of the fact that my kids were growing up quickly, and I didn’t want to be distracted from spending quality time with them, especially for something as trivial as my own personal entertainment.

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What I Liked (and didn’t) About Avengers Infinity War

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Last night, the family and I finally found a timeslot to watch the much anticipated latest addition to the Marvel franchise, Avengers Infinity War. I was really looking forward to seeing this film at first, but the more I thought about it, the more hesitant I became. How much were the events of Infinity War going to change the universe that I’ve enjoyed for the past ten years? Since I’m still wrestling with that idea after seeing the film, I decided to knock out a quick few bullet points detailing my initial likes and dislikes.

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The Itch to Create

We all want to make something. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re all building towards something. Perhaps we’re striving for a financially secure life, or to author the great American novel. Maybe we’re trying to build a YouTube channel with a certain number of subscribers, or to simply level-cap a character in our favorite video game. The need to build and create seems to be ingrained in the human condition. We can ponder for days about why this is. Personally, I like JRR Tolkien’s sub-creator theory.

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