Monthly archives: July, 2018

How Acorns Is Better Than Your 401k

Retirement plans. The thing we must all have, yet is simultaneously the least enticing notion in existence.  Who, besides those in commercials, sits eagerly around the dinner table discussing their 401k last quarter earnings.  “Oh honey, it looks like the market is up today, I think that’ll really boost my retirement per year!” said no …

Why The Office Reboot Is A Terrible Idea

The Western world runs on nostalgia.  Fond, if not flawed feelings about a time gone by. Remember the first time you heard your favorite song?  Wasn’t everything different then? Simpler, even.  You were younger, full of hope, rocking out to “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails.  Okay, maybe you like a K-pop sensation instead. Sure, sure, fine.  …

Microtransactions, Loot Crates and More in SMT Liberation Dx2

**Updated 8/10/2018: see below Is Dx2 a True Shin Megami Tensei Experience? That remains to be seen. Even so…finally an SMT on our Android and Apple little handheld wizard devices, and no it’s not a Devil Survivor port.  For so many years we’ve been playing Tensei on the first Nintendo Entertainment System, Playstation 2, and …

The Bible Stories Your Pastor Doesn’t Want You to Read

As a small, yet important preface, I must say that I was once a flourishing Christian. Taught Sunday school, did vacation bible schools and their high school equivalents.  I was a member of the church in every sense of the world.  Choir, teaching flag football, ministering to children and at times trying to find a …

Gender Equality in Furies of Calderon

Man and woman historically have had defined roles in a society.  Breadwinner, housemaker, and the like. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher takes these common notions and discards them entirely.  ‘Tis refreshing, really.  Furies has the stink of an average medieval high fantasy novel at first brush, but yet comes damn near close to a Lord of the …

The Difficulty of Choice in Divinity Original Sin 2

When searching for your next role-playing game, what do you look for first? While you’re looking high and low for a game with a compelling story, fluid combat and excellent customization, difficulty is sure to rear its slightly annoying-looking head. Somewhere deep inside you ask: “Is this game going to kick my pimply white behind?”  …

How Has PvP in World of Warcraft Changed Since Vanilla?

Welcome, one and all, to an O.O. retrospective on the many consequential changes Blizzard has made in our beloved game since it debuted in the merry year of 2004.  Ah, 2004 was a good year, wasn’t it?  Halo 2, Knight of the Old Republic.  People were still playing Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.  Loot boxes weren’t …