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.

How To Disagree Agreeably The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

The art of disagreeing agreeably seems lost on most in our day and age. Even to use the word "argument" is taken one way – as describing fighting, bickering, quarreling, and contention.  If you do not believe me, you may be living under a rock or on another planet. But if you have access to the internet on that other planet or under that rock, do a quick image search on any search engine for "argument," and that will tell you all you need to know about how most folks understand the term now. But there is an older sense of the word which has everything to do with making a proposal using evidence, reason, and respect. As Merriam-Webster puts it in the first definition – and the one I prefer – an argument is "the act or process of arguing, reasoning, or discussing : ARGUMENTATION; b: a coherent series of reasons, statements, or facts intended to support or establish a point of view." Toward the end of MAGA – Make Arguments Great Again – consider Proverbs 9:7-9. "Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning." Perhaps it should be a relief to us to have not only permission but a command here to not correct scoffers and mockers. To tell a wicked man he is being wicked will inspire him to hurt, abuse, curse, and injure you however he can to dissuade you from doing it again. Correcting wise and good men, however, earns their respect. They will love and thank you for it. And why? Because by being corrected clearly and effectively when they need to be, you give them an opportunity to be wiser and better men. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. — 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.