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A Better Lens

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:40:34 +0000

People with an overabundance of self esteem are referred to as narcissists, after Narcissus, the son of the Greek river god Cephissus. Apparently, and perhaps understandably, there were no gods or godly offspring who had a low enough opinion of themselves to lend their name to the opposite condition.

I’ve struggled with low self-esteem for the majority of my life. It is equally powerful and damaging to the individual affected. As well as a general tendency to underestimate your own abilities and to focus on the negative aspects of your appearance and personality, those affected will often be reluctant to trust their own judgement, make decisions or take on challenging tasks. They tend to be tormented by past mistakes and the potential for mistakes in the future, and can be withdrawn and highly anxious in social situations.

The worst aspect of the condition though was that I didn’t know I had it. To me, there was nothing false about the way I was seeing the world or myself. I was just acknowledging the reality of my own shortcomings.

January 15 – January 21

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:01:27 +0000

Every time I look at the list, I misread Full Metal Furies as Full Metal Furries, which would probably be a very different game. As it stands, fine folks at Cellar Door have decided to follow up Rogue Legacy with an action/brawler RPG with a heavy emphasis on co-op. I won’t, however, hold that against them, because they added a swap-in-and-out mechanic like Agents of Mayhem to make sure those of us who hold our hermitting permits dear don’t get left out in the cold.

Rogue Legacy is still in rotation as a game I play regularly, and if Cellar Door can pull off the 2D to 3D transition as well as The Behemoth did, then this one will be an early contender for my 2018 top-ten list. Full Metal Furies gets my nod for game-of-the-week.

TL;DP The Movie: Chapter 2: Dead Killers

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:27:39 +0000

Welcome to chapter two of the fictional experiment I call Too Long; Didn’t Play: The Movie! Every week in 2018, I will be telling you a story about a hapless gamer caught in games he may or may not have heard of. Will he escape? Will we find out what’s going on? You’ll have to read on to find out.
Last week, our protagonist escaped the dungeon in Dark Souls. This week, we’ll see if he can escape the crazy in Killer is Dead.

Bold Predictions 2018

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 02:03:17 +0000

It's bold predictions time once again!

GWJ Conference Call Episode 587

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 04:42:24 +0000

Civilization 6 iPad Edition, Arena of Valor, Skyrim (Switch), Bold Predictions 2018, Your Emails and More!

2017 Community Game of the Year Awards

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 04:03:35 +0000

It’s true. 2017 was a great year for gaming. We hear this phrase a lot at this time of year, when most of the media is focused on reflecting on the games released in the past twelve months. While it’s true that we were fortunate enough to be blessed with an abundance of great games this year, I’d even go so far as to claim that 2017 was a historical year for the GWJ community game of the year. That’s not simply because ClockworkHouse has stepped down after managing the thread for years (and I thank her deeply for it; she truly made the GWJ community GotY special to me back when I was a newcomer), but also because there are a few firsts in this year’s top ten.
As always, many thanks to all community members who participated this year. This thread truly is about the community, and I strongly encourage those who haven’t checked out the thread to do so. With nearly 160 goodjers voting for over 470 games, this top ten fails to reflect the wonderfully diverse tastes of Gamers With Jobs.

January 8 – January 14

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:07:07 +0000

There are those who might look at this list and say there’s nothing to see. There are those who might look at this list and say “Call me in March when they start making games again.” There are those who are wrong about Adam Sandler movies.

To them I say: Challenge accepted. I bet I can find at least five games worth telling you about.

TL;DP The Movie: Chapter 1: Soul of Darkness

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:10:41 +0000

Hello fellow Gamers with Jobs!

I’ve been writing these pseudo-reviews since 2014. That’s three years of doing the same thing. I may be someone who’s eaten the same lunch every day since 2002, but even I like to shake things up sometimes.

In 2018 I want to try something new. I’m still going to write about games, but instead of reviewing them, I’m going to tell you a story. Not a series of stories about each game, but one big story that will incorporate the games. Every week, you get a new chapter until the story is done. It’s like a Netflix series, but with more reading, and fewer actors who were popular when we were teenagers.

So I present to you, Too Long; Didn’t Play: The Movie!

Chapter one starts in the most obvious place possible: Dark Souls. I hope you enjoy the ride!

GWJ Conference Call Episode 586

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:01:11 +0000

Steamworlds Dig 2, Gorogoa, Games of 2018 We're Looking Forward To, Your Emails and More!

Heroes of The Realm - Episode 6

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:54:33 +0000

Welcome to Heroes of The Realm, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Karla Andrich as she takes Cory Banks, Amanda Knowlton, Ariel Jaffee and Michael Zenke from the real world and back into The Realm.