Playing Valheim With The Boys

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Playing Valheim

The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show – Playing Valheim With The Boys

Let’s talk about playing Valheim – the new Viking survival game I have been enjoying with my sons and an assortment of friends and family.

We have learned some important life lessons so far. Team work, strategic thinking skills, and how to fell trees without them dropping on your head – it’s all here, folks.

The graphics may not be anything to write home about. As many have pointed out, the game has a very Minecraft feel to it where textures are concerned. But the map to explore is huge and randomly generated. The score is relaxing and appropriately themed. And the lighting effects and scope of vision are downright breathtaking sometimes. Not only that, but the building, crafting, and requisite resource collection mechanics are deeply satisfying and engaging.

Also, more broadly, how do we think about videogames and computer games? As I have argued before, play can be more than entertainment. If we choose to utilize them this way, playing videogames can be an excellent medium for learning. But we have to be intentional and strategic about what games we play, as well as how and why we play them.

Listen to this episode of The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show to hear all about it.

Answering the Four Key Questions for Good Communication The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

What do I know? Who else needs to know? Have I told them? And do they understand what I've told them? These four questions are key to good communication, and a breakdown on even one will see our conversations and messages being returned to sender. Sometimes it's not that what we're trying to say is intentionally false. We just know a great many things that aren't so, and should have been more careful on the front-end in determining the veracity of our assertions and underlying assumptions. Other times the message is spot-on, but it was delivered to the wrong person or people. They are on a strictly need-to-know basis, and they did not need to know this particular thing. Meanwhile, those who did need to know were missed because we were saying the right thing to the wrong people. Finally, we may know what we know and have told who we needed to tell. But were we sufficiently clear? Did we include all the pertinent details and leave out the distractions that divert from the main theme of what they needed to hear? A good principle of speech-making can apply to individual conversation as well. Tell them what you're going to tell them, say the thing, then tell them what you've told them.  This isn't to say we should be overly formal and pedantic, treating every chat like it needs to be perfectly practiced and academically delivered. But I think the principle still applies, and provides a clarifying rubric through which to examine ourselves and the things we say and hear with one another. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits." The Proverb is true, and it should both sober and energize us to be intentional and disciplined with our conversation regarding what we know, who we tell, and whether they are understanding us. — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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Christian, husband to a darling wife, and father to seven children - I enjoy pipe-smoking, playing strategy games on my computer, listening to audio books, and writing. When I'm not asking you questions out loud, I'm endlessly asking myself silent questions in my head. I believe in God's grace, hard work, love, patience, contemplation, and courage.