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.

Twitter Censorship of the Hunter Biden Laptop Story Leaves Us Speechless The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

When I talk about how good it would be if God's Word informed our government on a more meaningful level, it feels as though what certain people are really hearing is the "Right to Jail" guy from Parks and Recreation. Every minor infraction of good morals should be met with jailtime or the death penalty, if I get my way.  Only that's not what I'm arguing for. On the contrary, something along the lines of James Woods suing the Democratic National Convention for contacting Twitter to remove his posts on false pretenses – that is what I have in mind. Such damaged Woods' reputation and brand, when his posts risked the election chances of Leftist candidates, or called for cleanup of corruption in our government. He says he was blacklisted, also, as were other Hollywood conservatives who followed him.  But if the United States government were more consciously conforming, and expected to conform, to God's Word, individuals like James Woods would not have their first amendment rights infringed, even as their own reputations are destroyed, for calling to account government officials and political parties. So also, abortion would be illegal, and there would be no "gay marriage," nor would we be debating whether to normalize and celebrate transgenderism. And probably many other things would be different in a great way as well. I do have something against James Woods, though. That is, he told Tucker Carlson last week that John Adams was 19 when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and that these were teenagers who founded this country. Well, that's not quite true. John Adams was 40. And most of the other signers were in their 30's and 40's.  Yet in double-checking his claim – which was almost certainly a slip of the tongue, by the way, conflating John Adams and James Monroe – I learned that nearly every signer of the Declaration of Independence was married either once or twice, and 16 of them had as many children as I have, or more. And if this were true of our government today, that there were more younger men in it with large families, I think that also would contribute to better government. The best that can be said for the FBI in all this is that they apparently know better than to leave a paper trail with Big Tech, when asking for the censorship of private citizens on behalf of the DNC, using tools that were originally developed to combat terrorism and the sexual exploitation of children.  Let us remember, as we read reports of former Twitter executives bemoaning that Elon Musk is putting them in harm’s way by telling the truth, that Joe Biden repeatedly denied the legitimacy of Hunter Biden's laptop. Keep in mind, when we shrug about election interference and corruption in the U.S., that Twitter may have interfered in other countries as well, like Brazil. Is this state of affairs really preferable to aspiring to a more Christian union? I can't see how. — 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.