The Korean Medical System; Or, How I Continually Ended Up In The Hospital Abroad

I just so happen to get sick frequently. I am a life-long sufferer of gastro-intestinal issues. I also suffer from nomadic inflammation, the likes of which would move from my neck to my shoulder to my chest and ribs, back, and various joints. I’ve had knee injuries on both knees, as well as carpel tunnel issues in both wrists and gout in both feet. As a kid, I ended up with strep throat a handful of times and seasonal allergies yearly for as long as I can remember. While all… Read more The Korean Medical System; Or, How I Continually Ended Up In The Hospital Abroad

The History of Video Games: Action, Fighting, and First-Person Shooters

This is a recurring, limited series where I discuss the history and evolution of video games. I will discuss general history as well as history of various genres and their ties to culture. Platformers might be one of the most important video game genres to push gaming forward, but there is another variety that is equally important for how video games were viewed in the future: action. As previously discussed, platform games more or less evolved into the action genre, including popular titles such as Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider,… Read more The History of Video Games: Action, Fighting, and First-Person Shooters

Your Argument Sucks: Uber-Patriotism & the Second Amendment

Your Argument Sucks is a recurring column where I tackle major arguments about the modern US political system by detailing actual facts through the narrative of historical context. All I ask is this: Go into these posts with an open mind and the ability to change said mind, if necessary, no matter which side of the argument you fall. I did. And because no matter how much you want to be right, no matter how much being wrong would flip your world upside down, being able to accept the facts and… Read more Your Argument Sucks: Uber-Patriotism & the Second Amendment

The Hunger Games: 10 Years Later

One of my favorite books is Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. It’s a Japanese novel set in an alternate future where Japan won World War II, and the government has created a program where certain junior high classes are randomly chosen to compete in a battle to the death where only one student survives. The book was published in 1999. The next year, a Japanese film based on the book (which honestly does great injustice to the book, though people love it for some reason) came out. In 2008, The… Read more The Hunger Games: 10 Years Later

The Round Trip to Nowhere; or, My Surreal Misadventure on Buddha’s Birthday

Missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity can be hard to deal with, especially when you are involved in the opportunity and still miss out. I had been living in South Korea for about 2 and a half months at the time of this event, working as a public elementary ESL teacher. One thing about living and working in South Korea was accidentally finding out you had days off work, since I was not afforded a school calendar or anything. I had to rely on my fellow teachers to remember to… Read more The Round Trip to Nowhere; or, My Surreal Misadventure on Buddha’s Birthday

The History of Video Games: Platformers

This is a recurring, limited series where I discuss the history and evolution of video games. I will discuss general history as well as history of various genres and their ties to culture. In today’s world, platformer video games are more a relic of the past. They still exist, though primarily through indie titles that tend to play up to the nostalgic factor of the genre. And while platformers might not have been the first genre of gaming, one could easily argue that it is likely the most important. Without… Read more The History of Video Games: Platformers

Your Argument Sucks: Black Lives Matter & Systemic Racism

Your Argument Sucks is a recurring column where I tackle major arguments about the modern US political system by detailing actual facts through the narrative of historical context. All I ask is this: Go into these posts with an open mind and the ability to change said mind, if necessary, no matter which side of the argument you fall. I did. And because no matter how much you want to be right, no matter how much being wrong would flip your world upside down, being able to accept the facts and… Read more Your Argument Sucks: Black Lives Matter & Systemic Racism

The History of Video Games: Press Start

This is a recurring, limited series where I discuss the history and evolution of video games. I will discuss general history as well as history of various genres and their ties to culture. Nintendo, a company synonymous with exploding the video game craze, began in 1889 as Nintendo Karuta—a playing card manufacturer. But they won’t come back into the game (pun mildly intended) for some time. The Bally Manufacturing Company was created in 1932 and created Pinball games and developed slot machines (the latter of which would push Bally’s toward… Read more The History of Video Games: Press Start

Surviving Japan; or, How I Almost Died for a Stick

When I was younger, I had been a fan of popular Japanese-related fandoms such as Power Rangers, Pokémon, Dragonball Z, Final Fantasy, and various anime. I grew more into the fandom—or otaku—nature of it all as I came into my teens and befriended others with the same likes. In fact, there are three franchises that I credit with basically changing and/or altering my life to make me who I am today. I’ve already talked extensively about Final Fantasy and Harry Potter.  But before those, at the start, was Pokémon. Prior to… Read more Surviving Japan; or, How I Almost Died for a Stick

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