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    Video Games Helping Understand PTSD

    By Nex Addo Video games today are helping the civilian and military community better understand the complex and difficult to handle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]. PTSD can occur in those who have had or witnessed a traumatic experience such as the sudden death of a loved one, a natural disaster, war, a personal violent attack, own, and many other trauma-related experiences. Symptoms can appear quickly or even years after an event, but a diagnosis is an extremely difficult and particular process which at times requires some individuals to show signs at least a month at a time with some symptoms including anxiety, depression, and flashbacks. The problem with PTSD is it can be confused with other disorders, but anyone can be diagnosed with PTSD, even those under the age of 16. Today, virtual reality is now helping the world train pilots, law enforcement, assist in health care rehab and spinal cord injuries, and now helping us gain a better understanding of PTSD and the mental health crisis. VR helps create a stimulating experience similar to the traumatic one a person may have had, though this technique is mostly used in combat-related scenarios. VR works through exposure therapy, forcing an individual to confront the feared thought, image, or memory that is associated with the past event. Hopefully, with enough exposure therapy, the patient will be able to better handle the effects of distressing flashbacks, depression, grief, along with other mental health issues. In January 2019, Science Daily shared a study from Ruhr-University Bochum about PTSD and Tetris. "The study involved 20 patients with complex PTSD who were hospitalized at the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy for six to eight weeks for regular therapy. In addition to the usual individual and group therapies, they also underwent a special intervention. They wrote one of their stressful memories down on a sheet of paper. Then they tore up the piece of paper -- without talking about the content -- and played Tetris on a tablet for 25 minutes…” Patients experienced a decrease in the amount and volatility of the flashbacks, but this took at least weeks after playing Tetris for at least a week from the study at Ruhr-University Bochum. Due to our lack of support in the healthcare industry for mental health as some healthcare professionals would claim it's hard to treat PTSD for everyone or at least a great majority. There are times when PTSD becomes too much for an individual and they may take their own life. Today the VA is combating mental health issues and suicidal ideation by having a 24/7 hotline for veterans to currently using. For those who are civilians, there are many opportunities when it comes to the same issues by contacting local and national suicide hotlines. For now, video games in any format, whether it be created specifically for PTSD patients or those in the market, will need further studies for a better conclusion. It is possible that the games could help trap and reorganize memories of trauma allowing these patients to finally live with PTSD in better conditions. VA CRISIS HOTLINE: 1-800-273-8255 (TEXTING AND ONLINE OPTIONS AVAILABLE) NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE: 1-800-273-8255
  2. Written by KSI Koda 7 This month, we're interviewing KSI Mac18Arthur, Major of Leviticus in FG. He was nominated as our March Member of The Month, and we're definitely glad to have him here with us. Koda: Congrats on Member of the Month; how's it feel? KSI Mac18Arthur: It's an honor. K: Quite a humble response. What do you think secured your spot in the Community Member of The Month? M: Being polite to everyone regardless of rank, squad, or division and making sure everyone feels at home in KSI. K: I guess you could say you're just an all around great guy! What do you like to do when you're not on the console? M: One is spending time with my son & girlfriend. I usually participate in Martial arts (muay thai), but I had to take a break from it to do school work. I also collect old school video games, If that answers your question. Haha K: Ah, Martial Arts & Old School Games. What's your most favorite game you've collected so far? And along with that, what do you think the best game of all time is? M: I have too many favourites in my collection to pick just one. But my 2 favourite games of all time are "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" for the N64 and "The Witcher 3" for PS4, Xbox One and PC. I think those two are the best games of all time. If I were to pick between the two, I'd say one is "Ocarina of Time," and a close second would be "The Witcher 3". K: Gotcha! Do you work at all? If so, What's your line of work that you're in (if you don't mind us asking)? M: I'm in school to become an electrician. Before this I was into scaffolding. So I guess you could say i'm into trades. K: Nice. In a society where a lot of people are heavily pushing degrees and such before careers, we're losing a lot of tradeworkers which have valuable skills that some machines just can't do. Good stuff!! If there's one thing you could do to change the community as a whole, what would it be? Why? M: Well, I feel like we are constantly pushing recruiting. Recruiting is important to our community obviously, But I feel like if we are a little more patient the right recruits will come, and everything will flow as far as numbers. So in a nut shell.. less pushy with recruiting. Other than that, everything is perfect in my books. K: I love the feedback! And last but certainly not least, is there anyone at all you'd like to throw a shoutout to while you have the stand? M: Yes a few. Shout out to nickali_661; he is an amazing officer. Another to tristyd34, Poseidon and Hexflame. Poseidon and Hex believed in me as a leader before anyone else. Also shout out to hulkhogan and all the boys and gals in my squad! K: Ah, and one last important question! Mortal Kombat - who's your favorite character? M: Haha, I'm an oddball and never really got into Mortal Kombat. I was a Killer Instinct guy back in the day as far as 2D fighting games. Thanks for the interview!
  3. From Boots to Screen By: KSI Snipers Logic FG C-SGT (a.k.a. iFakieSniper) Some in this world take the oath to put their country before themselves and are even willing to sacrifice their lives to serve their country. But what happens when they take off the uniform? Where do the knowledge and those skills go? From behind the wire to behind the screen, take a look at how service members bring in potentially great leadership skills and a sense of brotherhood/sisterhood to our KSI family. Soldiers From being a man or woman in a uniform to a gamer, what would you see? Leadership skills? PTSD? Rudeness? These are among other questions we may have. Personally, I see how everything could potentially be a great asset to our community. Many men and women of today's society will never truly understand what it means to put their lives on the line for a country that could care less nowadays. When you see a soldier who is just getting home from a nasty place in this world, what crosses your mind? Is he “okay”? Are they the same as they were before they left? Many of our veterans are either in a hospital or on the streets because they have left to fight for this country, and, when they returned, they weren't the same. They come back physically different, or even mentally altered. Meet our Veterans Let's take a look at some experiences and see photos from a few of our members who either served or are currently serving in the military, stateside and overseas. HoneyBadger When I asked Honeybadger of Leviathan in Fallen Angels, “Do you have any leadership skills that you learned while in the military that helps with our community family?” Honeybadger responded with this statement: “The army taught me how to delegate tasks down to my guys so as to not get overwhelmed myself, I have enough confidence in my ability to lead in the army and in KSI from my time taking care of my battle buddies. In the army I'm responsible for getting my guys what they need, whether it be an ear to listen too, behavioural health, or if they are depressed and in a very dark place. So when anyone in my squad or otherwise needs an ear, I'm there.” KSI Ares 70 R-MAJ When I asked, “Do you have any experience you'd like to share? For example, what has the military offered you in leadership skills that you brought into KSI?” KSI Ares 70 R-MAJ responded with this statement: “I wouldn't be the man I am today without the training I received in the military. I was provided with a solid foundation to build upon from the very start in basic. I was provided with many opportunities to expand my knowledge base and lead others in many different environments. Everything from field operations to working behind a desk. I was provided training early on in my career at Airman Leadership School which was a requirement to actually start supervising other troops in an administrative capacity. I received additional training at the NCO Academy which prepared me to be a Senior NCO. I have had civilian leadership classes, but all have failed in comparison to the leadership training I received in the military. The core values of the Air Force is what I have accredited to most of my success. 1. Integrity, 2. Service before self, and 3. Excellence in all we do. Hard to fail at leadership if you stick to that.” Then I asked him, “And how do you implement that in today's society and in our family community?” He provided this amazing comment: “I treat everyone with the respect they deserve and consistently enforce the standards equally across the board. As leaders, we must be firm but fair. Decisions I make are without emotion and well thought out. I find it best to try and always have a game plan before I have to engage in any disciplinary type issues. I always play out several scenarios in my head in advance. Now, not all situations allow you to prepare in advance, so staying calm is key. Another key leadership quality is to lead by example. It's hard to earn trust and credibility but you can lose it in a blink of an eye.” Owner of this article is KSI Sniper's Logic Cover image from Sputnik International
  4. Three years have passed since Tom Clancy's The Division revealed a virus-stricken New York City. For the Division agent, however, it's only been seven months, and Washington D.C. has sent reports of an emerging civil war. As though we didn't have enough to deal with already. The beta in February sent players into the heart of the nation's capital to assist the survivor efforts in maintaining control of the White House. A few other missions were available in the area, allowing the player a glimpse of what was to come. And I do mean glimpse. Tom Clancy's Division 2's campaign is reportedly 40 hours long, but that's not all. The Dark Zone, a mixed PvE/PvP area, makes a comeback. Unlike its predecessor, this one includes PvP modes at launch. And then there's the Endgame content. Supposedly the game doesn't even start until after level 30. Additionally, players will receive a year of content, absolutely free. That's right, no season pass required. Venture forth and explore the virtual rendering of D.C. in crisis in a 1:1 scale of the capital city in this upcoming release. Speaking from experience, don't go alone. Release date: 15 March 2019 Early access (pre-order): 12 March 2019, midnight local time. (Image from game.co.uk)
  5. Do you like anime???

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    2. Sushi

      Sushi

      no Crunchyroll 

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      ThatLilyDoe

      Ah, don't have that. Used to, but I stopped using it for almost a year, so I cancelled it lol. 

    4. Sushi

      Sushi

      rip Amazon video might have it

  6. Written by KSI Alastair There is some interesting news for Halo fans. As of January 28th, we now have a community representative apart of the Halo Infinite development team. This will mean, along with all the other ways to give feedback to 343i, we now a direct way to communicate our thoughts and ideas for Halo Infinite. Justin Robey aka @RobeyoneKenobi on Twitter is now the Director of Player Voice at 343i, and he will "work with the Halo player, to have an active voice throughout the development, launch, and lifetime of Halo Infinite... using different methods to ensure that Halo Infinite is built along with the community, and that players voices are being heard." * For more clarification of what Justin will be doing, the Halo community manager, Sketch says, "Justin sits on the development team to do critical work inwards and will partner closely with our community team, research, analytics, etc."* Essentially, he has the authority to say, "the players want this, do it,” and the dev team will do it. 343i has been putting a focus on player feedback in being heard, and this will only help 343i's image and will, of course, help with sales when Infinite launches. Let's take a look at who Justin is and what he has done. Justin Robey has worked for Microsoft for least 17 years; his roles included Software test engineer and then senior producer for nearly two decades. He's a Mixer partner and co-hosts Powerbuilds and This Week In Esports on Mixer. Despite what Justin tries to present himself as, he isn't "just a fan" of Halo. He's a Microsoft veteran, and is very connected to them in his professional life. He will not be the "fresh perspective" 343i needs for Halo. I'm not saying he was never a genuine fan of Halo, nor that he isn't now, but the fact is that he's a Microsoft employee through and through, and his job is to ensure they look good. His role as "Director of Player Voice" is merely a ploy to make 343i appear to be taking more player feedback. I seem negative about this, but I am actually happy this development happened, because it means we as Halo fans have even more ways to voice our opinion and now with someone with authority to make it happen. I said ploy, because it is mostly to create good PR for them, but it can make a difference. Here is the main question though, will Justin Robey be able to take our feedback and make large important changes to Halo Infinite? If the majority of the Halo Infinite fan base has an issue with main features with the game, such as the story or sandbox, will Justin make a difference? I would say, since Justin is a Microsoft employee first, and a fundamental Halo fan second, Justin will not force changes. That is a hard pill to swallow, but it's ok. I believe Justin will have effects on playlists, updates, weapon tuning, events, and things of that nature. That will still be more than we have had in previous titles, and it will make a large difference in my opinion. So this is where I hand this to you, the reader. What are your thoughts on this development? What do you think about our new "Director of Player Voice"? How will it affect Halo Infinite at launch and how will it affect Halo Infinite during its life span? * @RobeyoneKenobi on Twitter * @Ske7ch on Twitter * Cover image is a compilation of those posted by Microsoft and Justin Robey and are not in their native format.
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    Highlights: FG/IR Division Split

    Author: KSI Chimpy Fatal Genesis was my first home when I initially joined KSI about 8 months ago. I’m proud to announce that they have done something that we have been looking forward to for a while here in KSI, splitting PS4 division, FG. Infinite Reality, or IR for short, is the newest division to breathe life into KSI. FG has accomplished so much in KSI since I first joined and even though I left my home for a new division FG will always be home base for me. We need strong leadership and teamwork to make the new division, and I am confident in the leadership that IR will have. Congratulations to everyone who made this split possible and to the new division leader of IR, KSI Riverrzz 7. With the split comes many promotions and opportunities for our members. KSI Johnson 7 will be promoted to Director for all his hard work in getting FG to a splitting position. KSI Poseidon 7 is the new Division Leader for FG and the future Co-Division Leaders are in the pit training for their next step. The leadership in both divisions is solid and sharp. I have no doubt that both divisions will thrive and improve our home in KSI. I asked everyone for their opinion on the division split and where they see it going in the future and those who responded had some interesting things to say. It’s nice to know that everyone is on the same page and sees the work that needs to be done. This accomplishment is what keeps KSI alive and growing. Being able to split your divisions and squads is one of the best feelings for me. Getting a successful split, seeing your family rally together to finish the process and rebuild feels great. Here’s what our members have to say about the split: “I'm excited to see where things will go. It's a huge step for PlayStation in KSI. I remember when KSI split last year and PS4 was the small division. Now to see it at the forefront of KSI is amazing to me, and I'm glad I was able to help it get there. Working both in the limelight and behind the scenes has been a great experience and has taught me a lot about leadership. I want to see both divisions flourish, and I think they will.” -KSI Icespot 7 “I am very proud of all of the members of FG on this accomplishment. Them splitting is a testament to all of the hard work that everyone puts into KSI on a daily basis. With the split, I see both of these divisions flourishing as they continue to help grow KSI!” -KSI Elderpoot 7 “My thought on it is that I think it needed a split personally. KSI itself is gonna last, they put in too much work into this community and they ain’t gonna waste it. The role I feel like I played in is, that I did the best I can do for everyone and my squad.” -XxGhostkiller178 “My thoughts on the div split are that my members, officers and div staff have busted their butts to help us build a division we could be proud of and, because of their hard work and my own, we have been very successful at building up our squads, leadership and staffing, in general, to be the best division we can be. I see us building up both divisions to have more successful division splits in the future. As long as we continue to focus on quality over quantity, we will continue to have great things to come in our near future. I feel my role in the division split has been to help with mentoring those who are new to leadership in KSI. I spent time with all the officers and leaders I have worked with to get them experience with sharing in the decision making process. "From the time I was general, all the way up to when I became div leader has been spent making sure my members have a say in what we do as a squad and captain and up gets a say in who gets promoted to officer positions. I consult my div staff regularly to see what their opinions are on the various topics we handle and, we come to a mutual decision on how to handle issues. It has done us very well as the officers and divisional staff get on the job training if they are less experienced and get to feel like they are a part of this decision making process whether they are a new leader or an old one. I look forward to continuing to work with these guys and gals in the future.” -KSI Johnson 7 “Well, it was certainly a long time coming. Coming from the KSI I came from back in 2013, I didn’t envision this happening at all. There was a point in my KSI career where I thought PlayStation would never rise back up, and I had lost confidence in myself as a leader after all the trials and tribulations I went through in TreadStone. Throughout my time there, I felt my work there was under appreciated, and there were times people were rewarded for the work I put in....the entire culture has changed here for the better because we finally have the right people in place. It makes me proud to see we are finally making this happen, this was only a pipe dream in 2013. "We’ve already surpassed the old division on PS3, and I believe we’re on the up. Like I said before, we’ve got the right people in place to get the job done. We aren’t playing the favoritism card that was so heavily played in TS, we’re putting people in place who genuinely care about this community and want to make it flourish. The role I feel I played is a huge one. I helped bring Exodus squad to a split and brought back a dying Rainbow Six Siege squad. This was all very personal for me, when I came back to KSI I set my sights on helping whatever way I can to eventually, finally become a 7. To be able to achieve what been wanting for 6 years, and to be a tool in this division split is a huge accomplishment for me. I’m massively proud of what i’ve been able to create here, and even more proud to have helped create something bigger and better than what we had on PlayStation 3.” -KSI HulkHogan 7 “I'm very excited for this division split. this is the first division split on PlayStation in KSI history, and I’m really excited to be part of it! I've been here for more than a year now, and there were multiple times when FG overcame really tough odds. I see us turning this div split into many more! I think the biggest role I played in this was keeping the Destiny side of the division thriving. We went through some tough situations, and I felt I along with a really great group of leaders turned it into its own division. However, I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without the other leaders and friends I’ve met here and worked with. if i miss anyone im sorry, but the Destiny side of the division wouldn't be here without Ice, Ronald, Warbling, Johnson, and Viktory. Huge thanks to all of them and any others I’ve missed!” -KSI Riverrzz 7 “This will be my first div split so I’m extremely excited about it! I think it’s going to be great. I’m really looking forward to the changes. This split is happening in a very healthy way. So many have worked very hard, and this split shows everyone’s dedication. As for the future, it’s looking bright. We will be in different divs but still be working on KSI as a whole family unit; that part won’t change. This growth is making room for more opportunities and positions.” -KSI THEDRAMAMAMA 7 “I think it's wonderful. It's great to see the PlayStation side really growing and being embraced in this iteration of KSI. It’s a very positive development and shows that this community has changed so much over the years to get to this point. It's an excellent time for our community. It’s the first div split since KN broke off from KSI, so exciting times. Can't wait to see what happens next! I see KSI continuing to grow, and go through this process of developing new Divisions and Squads, more members and more leaders consistently as we have for years. I think we're finally beginning to approach that point where we can take the next step; reaching 1000 members, maybe 2000 this time next year. I don't really feel that I played any direct role in the process, but like any officer I contribute in the ways that are important at the squad level. Training, organizing events, contributing to recruitment, involving members in the day to day activities. "All onus to the success of this process goes to the leaders who organized it. Dealing with accurate rosters and ensuring everyone is aware of what's going on, kudos to them for the smooth transition! Last question: how do you feel about seeing the Division you created split make you feel? I'm honestly very proud. I started this Division in late of 2017 as kind of a KSI afterthought. Lost Empire Division had lost their Division Staff entirely. A bunch of pandemonium ensued. When it was all said and done, KSI Cali 7 wanted there to be less confusion about the PlayStation group being mixed in with Xbox. He put me in charge of the remnants of our group and started up FG, with Exodus and Leviticus as the first squads. To see the Div in a great spot now, after a lot of work, lots of members coming and going, in the midst of some big time changes for KSI; I couldn't be happier. It's always been in good hands. And I am looking forward to being apart of the new Division; Infinite Reality.” -KSI Viktory 7 (Original creator of FG) All this is true. We’ve had a lot of people working on this for some time. Everyone in FG and IR deserve thanks for what they have accomplished. Now all that’s left is to keep growing and being the best we can be. The moral of this story? Work hard and never give up, if you want to go somewhere in KSI you can if you work hard enough and stay true to your goals. Thank you to everyone who made this split possible.
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    Anthem: VIP Demo

    As a former die-hard Destiny fan, I avoided news about BioWare’s Anthem, convinced it would be a copy of Bungie’s work. Now that the release is nearly here, and Destiny 2 was extremely underwhelming, I can no longer ignore Anthem’s presence. Anthem, it seems, does not refer to the world itself but rather a power that can create and destroy. Which means that a baddie wants it like a kid wants candy. The inhabitants of Fort Tarsis, called Freelancers, have something to say about that. In this game, players are called pilots. Why? Because they control a Mjolnir-style supersuit called a Javelin. But it can fly. And swim. And do some other neat stuff. There are four basic Javelin types to choose from - Storm, Ranger, Colossus, and Interceptor - each of which has its own merits ranging from elemental attacks to lumbering defense and heavy hitting attacks. From there, the pilot can customize their Javelin further, creating different types of layouts for different encounters in the world. Everything is customizable from the armor to the boosts, enabling players to change the Javelin to fit their individual play style. Additionally, there are two types of leveling systems: a pilot score, and a javelin score. Similar to many other loot-based games, there’s a tier system in place that ranges from Uncommon to MasterWork. What Anthem seems to be striving for is to take the varying elements from previous shooter RPGs that made those games great and smash them together in a very ambitious effort. From the gameplay footage, I can see things that look like Mass Effect, The Division, Titanfall, Overwatch, and, of course, Destiny. Granted, many of these games share similarities already, but it looks like Anthem will be the top dog this year if BioWare can successfully pull it off. If you happened to pre-order the game, the VIP demo ran this weekend from January 25 to 29 after some initial issues. KSI players from across the community took to it immediately. “So far it’s great,” said KSI Harley 97, General of Leviathan FA. “Very smooth gameplay. Only issue I have is the loading screens taking forever.” I was able to watch the General of Integritas IR, KSI Ronald_McFallin, play as a Ranger. He directed his Ironman-esque Javelin in a couple of encounters with Scars. Even while on fire, he was able to boost over the head of a Scar Enforcer and use a laser ability to take it down. An open demo of Anthem will be available February 1 through 3 before the game releases February 22 on EA Origin, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Keep an eye out for KSI streamers this weekend! (Images courtesy of KSI Ronald_McFallin's stream 27 January 2019)
  9. Lily!!!!!

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      ThatLilyDoe

      It's living lol. How are you? 

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      Sushi

      Lol same tbh. Meeting new people and having fun all day every day 

    4. ThatLilyDoe

      ThatLilyDoe

      That's always good :) 

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    LitRpg book genre

    I'd actually LOVE to read LitRPG, but I've never found a promising one. Also, I get distracted by mystery lol.
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    Just Write

    Have you ever wanted to write something, but you were afraid of how it would turn out? Do you have some hidden talent just waiting to be discovered? Do you thoroughly enjoy games and ache for more story about your favorite characters? This is for you! How it works: The News Team will periodically post a writing prompt. Anyone can enter their submission by means of a comment on the announcing article, a topic in the News section, or a Private Message/Direct Message to any of our News Staff. The team will come together to select a promising submission (occasionally with guest judges) and work with the author to polish the piece which will be posted on the front page when completed. The division to which the author belongs will receive a point. At the end of the season, the winning division will receive a special accolade. Q&A: How will a winning author be selected fairly? We have representatives from each division of KSI (other than GH currently), and, where we don't, we will find someone to stand in. How is the team qualified to run this? Each staff member has a unique, competent writing style. A couple of us have degrees in communications and English, and we all have extensive writing and editing experience in a number of genres. Prompt: Genre - Fanfiction A day in the life of [your favorite video game character]. Suggested by KSI Atlantis 7/Jimtoke3d Deadline: 11:59 PM EST 31 January 2019
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    Giving Gamers Gifts

    Shopping is hard. You know who is not hard to shop for? Gamers. There are so many neat gadgets and merchandise out there to satisfy any kind of gamer. The hard part? Choosing the gift. Never fear; there are options aplenty with this gift-giving guide. New Console/PC Gear Let's get the obvious out of the way first. A shopper can't go wrong with getting a new headset, controller, or keyboard for their favorite gamer. My personal favorite is still the Xbox Elite Controller. Those extra buttons on the back are so nice for sliding into a shotgun blast on Destiny 2, and the hairline trigger switch outclasses Scuf's any day just for the simple ease of use. However, any gamer could do well with an extra headset for the friend or spouse or kid who wants to play with them (or for those moments of rage when the original breaks.) Games: There are an insane amount of games available these days! Super Smash Bros is a new release for Nintendo Switch, Spyro: Reignited recently came out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and there are a number of games on Epic's new store such as Subnautica which is free until December 27. Shooter more their style? How about Red Dead Redemption 2 or Battlefield V? There are also pre-orders available for a bunch of other games such Anthem. Clothes: ThinkGeek has just about any kind of "geek" gear you could want in the form of clothes. Did I mention there's a 40% off sale going on right now? Hot Topic is another place that usually has some trendy geeky clothes, and their site is also having a sale of buy one, get one half off. Who knew it would be cool to be weird? LootCrate: If you don't know what this is, it's a subscription that sends the recipient a box of gear every month. It could be a shirt, a collectible, or a code for something else. They have these for all sorts of hobbies, but we're talking about gamers. This month, LootCrate Gaming is featuring Gears of War, Halo, Galaga, and Mass Effect. Can you imagine a more epic set? (Get it? Since Epic Games made the original Gears game?) So if you're shopping for that special gamer in your life (count yourself in that list), maybe these gift ideas will inspire you to find something a little more special than a gift card without having to brave those crazy shopaholics in the stores. Instead, you could use that time saved to get back to your own gaming life. Those resources aren't going to scavenge themselves! Original image from Den of Geek, 2017.
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    Black Friday & Cyber Monday Gaming

    This year was a big first for me. I've gone Black Friday shopping before, but anxiety makes me avoid the more crowded stores. As entertaining as some of those fights can be, I'd rather not be IN one. This year, though, I decided to beat the crowds and did my shopping earlier. Thanks to a great deal at GameStop and Best Buy, I now own an Xbox One X and 4K TV for about half the price I was expecting the upgrades to cost. It seems like the console producers are focusing on selling the consoles in the stores. Xbox Ones and PS4s were about $100 off on Black Friday while Nintendo Switch was $40 off. Various computers had special sales on them too for notebooks, laptops, and desktops. This begs the question, will Cyber Monday continue the trend or will there be an uptick in game sales? Microsoft Store had game deals all week and even included $1 for the first month of Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass. This includes up to 65% off on award winning titles such as The Witcher 3 and lesser known titles like Abzu. Even the newly released Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 are discounted at the moment. There are fighting games, thrillers, RPGs, shooters, and puzzlers. There's even a selection of backwards compatible games available. In similar fashion, Sony's Playstation Store also has 168 games available for discounted purchase until November 27. This includes The Last of Us Remastered for a low price of $5.99 in case anyone wants to get another playthrough in before the second installment is released. Newer games are roughly 10-35% off while others are up to 75% off the list price. Steam's Autumn Sale is also in full swing until November 27. With the widest variety of games and most impressive sales, it would be quite easy to find whatever game you'd want at a reasonable price. There is little limit on what can be found on Steam, especially in comparison to the consoles. If it wasn't for the incredible graphics I've seen on my new Xbox One X, I might be tempted to upgrade my PC and take part on that sale myself. What kind of Black Friday deals have you found? Are there any you're looking forward to for Monday? Image from Forza Horizon 4.
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    Nothing Gold Can Stay

    I love this one! Have you ever read The Outsiders? It's basically about this poem.
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    NaNoWriMo

    Anyone else participating this year??
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