In Search Of: Family Friendly Gaming Community

I’ve always been an avid single-player gamer. I like RPG’s because they give you that “big party” feel, yet leave you alone and allow you to roam at your own pace. Several years ago I did venture into The World of Warcraft, and even joined a guild there (because I had a friend who was in it at the time). But mainly I soloed all my quests, again as a hunter w/ pets to assist me and long range damage capabilities. I liked to play with others, but not in an online setting.

The reason I steered clear of social activities online is because of the particular type of gamer associated with most popular games. You get the foul mouth, hate-spewing wretch who has to poon everyone. The immature grade schooler who thinks they can run their mouth because they’re anonymous online and will run your mother down to the ground with their profane chatter. Or, as is still the case in Call of Duty, the perfect players that don’t want anyone that they deem below their standards even in the same lobby as a game is loading. These are the people  I always associated with online gaming, and that’s why I steered far from that road of destruction.

Now I’m older. Most every game released now has a multiplayer online feature. And I admit, that with most of my time being spent at home, or online, I’m finding that I am in need of online friends. This is especially true with new and popular games such as Destiny and Diablo 3’s Ultimate Evil Edition. Not that I don’t have real life associates to communicate with, but I have very, very few friends who share my love of gaming. So that leads me to wonder where I can find those mature, family friendly folks who are decent to hang out with in an online setting.

In Bungie’s Destiny online shooter, I joined a clan for a podcast I listen to. There are over a dozen members of this clan, pretty much all in their little close-knit circle of friends that have been guests on the show or extremely vocal/supporters on Twitter. The problem with me being a member is, I am not one of these folks within that inner-circle. I’ve yet to join up with any of our clan members or even make their game nights. Even the conversations within clan forums or message boards seem to be an intrusion on a conversation being held by friends. I’m kind of a “third wheel,” or more appropriately, “the odd man out.”

I’ve done some Google searches for gaming communities. Family friendly, even. But the results that come up haven’t been active in over a year or more when you go to their sites and research them. So my question to you, Dear Reader, is: where can I find a good, decent, somewhat family friendly, mature gaming community that might even be willing to welcome a newcomer such as myself into the fold? Any suggestions are appreciated and will be looked into.

The particular games I’m looking to play can spread across Xbox 360, Wii U, PS4 and the occasional 3DS and PC/Mac. At the moment I’m especially interested in Diablo 3 (PS4 and Mac/PC), Destiny, Hearthstone. And I’m starting to get the itch to play some WoW again.

Thanks for reading! Have a great rest of the week.

Briefly: Dog Protects Lost 3 Year Old

I understand we aren’t suppose to judge others, but when I read stories such as this one: Family dog finds, saves missing 3-year-old in North Dakota, I begin to have a tornado of thoughts form in my little brain. Things like, 1) Why was a three year old left outside to play by himself for who knows how long. 2) Why did it take the parents so long to go check on him – they noticed something was wrong when he hadn’t come back in from playing. Hello? Hi there, your son is THREE YEARS OLD. 3) Traumatic, I’m sure, but why weren’t these parents charged with some type of endangerment. Maybe there’s something else going on here.

I know, I know, I can be a bit crazy sometimes. But seriously, if I ever thought about tossing my 3-year-old child outside to play by himself while I went back in and worked on the house, I would hope someone was sane enough to call child services on me. But maybe that’s just me being a little too over protective.

To sum this up: Thank God the family dog was smart enough to keep an eye on the child because the parents certainly weren’t.

Social Media Leading to Isolation

While I do not agree with the idea that social media is leading the mass population to isolation, I do believe it is getting a little out of control. I believe people (myself included) need to start putting the phone/tablet/computer aside and focusing on who is in front of them. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been out to eat with family or friends and at least one or two people – my wife is usually one of the first – start whipping out their smartphone and shoving it in, not only their own face, but the faces of other people. It’s become a new tool in the gossip war. You can now look up people’s profiles online and show their pictures that they posted to family and friends to whoever is around you. So, while this video strikes a cord, I don’t believe it’s as bad (yet) as this spoken poem makes it seem. But yes, put the phones up and talk to one another. You don’t need 400+ friends if you can’t nurture the relationship with 3 or 4 that you see every day.

Creepypasta

Do you like creepy tales? Stories that touch on the unexplained? Modern urban legends? Maybe the names Slender Man, The Smiling Man, or Mold mean something to you. Well, there’s a name for those things on the internet: Creepypasta. In fact, there’s a website/wiki for them, all compiled for your restless, late night perusal. If for some reason you haven’t visited yet, or maybe even have an experience you can’t explain (or want to share!) then click on the following link. Just be prepared for some sleepless nights should you stumble across just the right tale.

Creepypasta – Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction

Adolescence: A modern plague, but there is a cure

Insomnia176:

Very nice post from The Matt Walsh Blog. Everyone should read this, no matter your age.

Originally posted on The Matt Walsh Blog:

Child psychologists have “discovered” that adolescence actually ends not at 18, but at 25. Once again psychologists have waved their wands and magically created a larger customer base. But maybe I’m being cynical, maybe adolescence really does end at 25. Or is it 18? Or is it 40? 35? 50? 12? 2? 93? I think the answer is yes. And no.

Let me explain.

Back in the old days, there were two types of people in the world: children and adults. You were a child and then you became an adult, and you really had no choice in the matter. The timeline of events went something like this:

Phase 1: Birth, childhood.

Phase 2: Adulthood.

Phase 3: Death.

Of course, this is just a general outline; Phase 3 could rudely interrupt Phase 1 or 2 at any time. Still, the transition from “child” to “adult” happened early and inevitably…

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