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Why net neutrality should interest you

If you’re like me and spend a whole lot of time on the Internet, the term “net neutrality” should not be new to you. If it is, I suggest the video above for a quick summary of its meaning and a discussion of its implications. Once you’re up to speed, let me tell you why you should care about net neutrality.

As it is right now, the Internet treats all data equally: no matter if you’re watching videos on YouTube or read posts of your favorite small-time bloggers, both kinds of data will get to you in the same time. However, once ISP’s get the right to treat data differently, this could very well change. We might end up with an Internet in which ISP’s ask additional fees to use popular services like Netflix or Spotify, while small content creators become part of the “slow-lane” Internet, having a harder time to reach an audience.

You see why this should bother you, no matter if you just enjoy a good movie night with your favorite streaming site or are a content creator like my fellow bloggers and I. If you live in Europe, you don’t have to worry just yet: Brussels voted for net neutrality in early April. If you live in the States, however, let the FCC know how you feel about this and fight for net neutrality.

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Gaming on a time budget – how to get stuff done anyway

time_management_101Adult life is time-devouring. I said that several times on this blog, but reality keeps reminding me of this harsh fact. When one-third of your day is filled with a job, the other third with sleeping, you need quite some impressive micro-managing skills to get all the other things done. One of these other things is probably gaming. Sooner or later, however, you’ll notice that you have only an hour or two a day to truly devote to that. That is, if you don’t want too much wife / husband / girlfriend / boyfriend / bootycall aggro or really want to do the dishes today (psh, like you will). Then again, your still-in-university or in-between-jobs friends are way ahead of you, so you want to at least do some catching up. What to do, what to do?

Well, dear reader, it’s time for a compact lesson in gaming time micro-management, inspired by a cool post written by the Godmother (who should just call herself the Mistress of Garrisons by now). Where she gives you tips for a bucket list, I want to help you guys out with three easy tips to optimize your game time!

1. Know your goals

Wanna hit 90 with that alt in World of Warcraft, or do you want to make some progress during the beta weekend of WildStar? Different goals require different methods and different time amounts. Creating goals gives you something to work towards to, including a sense of completion once you reach one. Give yourself clear goals for the week, and see that you work on those.

2. Know your time budget

On a good weekday, I have about two hours worth of consecutive gaming time. This means that I can plan my goals around that, making sure to not reach for the unreachable. Try to track your average daily time budget, and adjust your goals to fit them. Your rare minutes of gaming time will feel less worth if you try to achieve too much in too less time.

3. Get SMART

In the business world, companies like to formulate their goals SMART: specific, measurable, ambitious, realistic and time-related. When creating your goals based on your wishes and available time, run them through these five letters and see if they have all five components. A goal which can’t be measured doesn’t provide a clear finish line, while a goal that is not ambitious enough will not feel rewarding. The SMART-formula is not the alpha and omega, but it is a good foundation for creating strong goals.

Limitations are meant to challenge you, and the lack of gaming time as an adult just tests your time management skills. Yeah, you won’t be able to raid 8 hours a day like back when you were a teenager, but then again…do you really wanna go back to that if it means having acne all over again and being the nerd of the class?

Wait, one of those two never actually changed…

 

A lazy post for a lazy weekend

Because this weekend has been nothing but relaxation for me, I’ll give you a post that fits the laziness of the past three days. So, dear readers, what have I been up to?

When it comes to gaming, I’ve been hopping around from one game to another. I’ve been busy gearing my boosted Dwarf Shaman in World of Warcraft, surviving hordes of demons on my hardcore Crusader in Diablo 3, and I decided to join the building and exploring fun in Everquest Next: Landmark. The latter one has been a real ad-hoc purchase, and I’m not disappointed so far! It feels like a 3D version of Minecraft with fine music, giving it an almost meditative vibe. I’ll make sure to give Landmark some time in between my Blizzard games.

Far away from the MMO games, I finished Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition just a few hours ago. Despite my still remaining opinion about naming this action-packed epic game Tomb Raider, I have to admit that I enjoyed every single minute of the game. The story is enjoyable, the gameplay more than fun and the whole thing looks so freaking beautiful. Really, if you haven’t given this game a try yet, put it on your to-do list!

For the coming week, I’m planning on spending some time with Lorellis again, so you will see a new Faffing to 90-post. Also, I’ll be building and gathering in Landmark, so there will probably be a post about that as well. Finally, since Game of Thrones is about to head into its fourth season, I won’t hold back with my opinion about the first episode.

All in all, look forward to an interesting week here on The Chindividual!

Newbie Blogger Initiative 2014

This will be a lazy post, but also a very important one! Doone is banging his digital drums to gather support and possible participants for this year’s Newbie Blogger Initiative. Though the previous installment is hardly half a year ago, we feel like spring is the best time to give a signal boost to new gaming bloggers, while the “veterans” get their chance to share knowledge and tips from “the front” with the greenhorns.

If you want to either help out or participate, get your pretty butt over to the forums and see how you can become part of this year’s Initiative!

I’m a fictional racist and that’s okay

Americans, you have way too many holidays. To us Europeans, it feels like you just love to take every occassion to celebrate something, which I can really understand. One of your more respectable holidays occured two days ago: Martin Luther King Day. Reserving a day each year in remembrance of this great person is the least you can do, considering what he has contributed to the fight for racial equality. Martin Luther King turned the tide in an ideological battle, and paved the way for a better, less racist future. However, no matter how much this grand person has struggled, he will never take the only kind of racism that’s dear to me away: fictional racism.

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More Willow, less Tauriel

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Netflix is the devil. I bet many of you have already jumped to that conclusion after wasting a weekend watching season after season of your favorite show, but I have come to this realization myself just know. How? By making the mistake to, once again, watch Buffy. After one episode, I was reminded of how much I love this show and before I knew, halfway through the first season.

You don’t even have to know much about the show in order to know that it features some strong female characters. After all, it’s named Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In fact, Buffy is filled with damsels who are not often in distress, and that is surely one of the reasons why it was such a big hit in the nineties and early 2000’s. My favorite of all these strong, independent women who don’t need saving every damn minute? Willow. Why? Because she’s the best example of how to do believable, yet strong female characters.

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