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PC Games in hand, always around when needed

My gaming PC is located in my basement at my desk. It’s a sanctuary. It’s where I’m writing this. No child is allowed inside, and sound does not travel as far down here. When I put on my headset, it’s as if the world does not exist.

For a father of three, that is sometimes inconvenient.

Inevitably, one of my kids will need my attention just about every 15 minutes. Such is the life of a parent. But it’s hard to be halfway into a Heroes of the Storm match and suddenly have to yell upstairs “WHAT.”

Enter the Razer…


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Make your games look even more beautiful

Do me a favor and take a look at your retro games sitting on the shelf. Pretty cool looking right? They might have a layer of dust on them, but they’re still such unique items. What if you could give that collection a fresh look, and add some protection? Well, my friend, you’re going to want to strap in, and listen to a tale of how I bought custom cases for all my retro game cartridges, and how you should, too.

The Start

I started my retro collection years ago. I used to trade-in and sell all of my old gaming items…


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Change can be good, and in this case, it is

World of Warcraft recently released a pre-patch for the upcoming Shadowlands expansion. With that came the level crunch to a max level of 50, a far fall from 110. I decided to put my max level rogue to the side, and start a new toon. Maybe an Alli….hahaha, who are we kidding, FOR THE HORDE!

Let me be clear when I say this: I have not had this much fun in World of Warcraft in a long time.

Character customization has been expanded tremendously. My blood elf paladin is highly customized with quite the attitude and I’m pretty pumped with…


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I really wanted to like War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius…

The fact that a more modern Final Fantasy Tactics exists on my mobile device should excite me. I really like Final Fantasy Tactics, and I own it on as many devices as I possibly can. I even just purchased a new battery for my PSP so that I could play it on there, as well.

When War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius came out, I was actually somewhat excited. Yes, it had all the makings of a gacha game, but let’s face it, I actually love gacha games over in Japan. I probably dumped $75+ in those machines…


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Photo by Bruce Tang on Unsplash

Go beyond, Plus Ultra!

From a young age, I have been an avid fan of anime. My first experience was with Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon that was on channel 8 after school. This was a time where I wasn’t in any real shape, skinny, but not really doing anything to get faster or stronger. My metabolism was the winning factor for me during those days.

Fast forward to today, I still love anime and have gained a deeper appreciation for the country where it originates. As I started running a few months ago, I often want to push myself to do more, either…


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Let developers spend more time with their families

With the announcement of Cyberpunk 2077 entering a development crunch to make its deadline, responses are divided. Some are saying that it’s okay because the employees are being compensated rather than just being forced to make the date. Others are calling out CD Projekt Red for the hypocrisy of initially saying there would be no crunch involved in the game. With the holiday season looming, along with the long shadow of the ongoing pandemic, it’s understandable to want the return on investment for the game. However, the moment it starts deteriorating the lives of the developers is when I draw…


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And then sold it for $20 to help fund my PlayStation purchase

I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was my 12th birthday, and my grandparents were taking me out for lunch at Friendly’s. They slid a wooden box across the table. I opened it to find $50. They told me they would take me to the mall so I could buy something with it. This is a tale of how I obtained a fantastic game for next to nothing, sold it for not much more, and still remain okay with it all.

I live in the Northeast US, a place that had a whole assortment of different department stores…


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A lost soul looking to be accepted, who finds that her heart is capable of love

This will be part of an ongoing series examining a different character from various Final Fantasy games.

Terra Branford, the first character we’re introduced to in Final Fantasy VI, is a well of emotion. From the mind-control, to the self-doubt, the discovery or her origins, and then on to acceptance, Terra is definitely filled with tremendous possibilities, and is an excellent alternative to the prototypical protagonist.

I must warn you, these examinations will cover a lot of information from Final Fantasy VI, so if you haven’t played it, I would recommend you go do so.


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Bridging the two games would be the most elegant ending

In the long, long ago of late 2003, I bought Final Fantasy XI from Best Buy. I went home and installed it, and promptly lost days on end playing it. I loved all my time I spent in the game, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Time moved on, and so did I. World of Warcraft supplanted Final Fantasy XI, and then eventually, Final Fantasy XIV supplanted WoW. Right now, I’m eyeing the next expansion for WoW, but I’m still enjoying XIV. However, I still get emails concerning XI. …


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Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

How I went from slug to daily 5ks in 2 months

I’ve never been a true athlete. Sure, I played sports in high school, but that was more so because I lived in Maine and there was not a whole lot to do if you weren’t playing sports. As I got older, I would join the gym, go hard at it for a few months, and then fall into old habits. This year was looking like more of the same. I’m a dad with 3 kids of varying ages, so it was okay to be a little round in the belly. I liked tasty food and high-calorie beers. …

Joe Lavoie

Dad/Husband, Developer, Pixel Artist, Gamer, Opinionated.

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