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Staff Writer | Cool Christmas Gift Ideas, 2015

Christmas is only a couple days away and the time is nigh to think up some cool gift to make up for the fact that you got behind doing other things. Here are a few really neat ideas you could purchase and have drop-shipped to the intended party’s house just in time for… well… New Year’s. It’s the thought that counts, right? Continue reading

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Therefore I Geek Podcast Episode 47, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

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In which, Andrew, Tracy, Kurt, and Becky discuss their impressions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Kurt mentions that JJ Abrams successfully avoided an eternity of being called “Jar Jar Abrams,” Andrew wows us with deep, insider knowledge of the Star Wars universe, Tracy wants to try space food in the Star Wars universe, and Becky drops an awe-inspiring fan theory.  This podcast is full of spoilers, so listen at your own risk. Continue reading

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Staff Writer | Kurt Discusses Depression

The theme this month here at Therefore I Geek is addressing depression and how we deal with it, and I am happy to give my input on the matter. There are few things that make the world right as quickly and easily as sliding into my favorite spot and enjoying a few hours playing a game; it brings me great comfort. Anyone who follows my articles knows that I tend toward the role-playing type of immersive experience: Dark Souls, Skyrim, Dragon’s Dogma, Final Fantasy, etc. Continue reading

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Staff Writer | Why Are YOU Playing A GIRL!?

I’ve been playing female characters in video games for years. I don’t even think about it anymore. This seems to be strange to people who watch me play, and I don’t understand why. I’ve had family comment. I’ve had friends comment. I’ve even had my friends’ kids comment.  I have never understood why this is looked at as such a strange thing. Their disbelief is most commonly phrased as an obvious statement of fact, “… But you’re not a girl.” My response is, “Um…so what?”

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It seems that some people who have a natural inclination to role-play themselves in games expect that others do the same. I lost this inclination very early on, and not for some adolescent desire to ogle the nicely animated female characters. The real reason I started liking and playing female characters is far more practical: they were always faster, more agile, and made better spell casters. Essentially, they got the first opportunity to act in most role-playing games and were usually faster than their usually heavier male counterparts in fighting games, while throwing cool spell effects at enemies. In racing games, the girls tended to have faster acceleration. Since I had the tendency to smash into things instead of being able to run through the tracks, I really needed that acceleration more than the higher max-speed that the males generally had. Continue reading

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