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Racing For Rupees

It turns out “hero of time” doesn’t inspire as much confidence on a bank loan application form as you might think.


My YouTube: Extra Credits


In theory, it’d be a fairly safe assumption to think a youtube channel which was essentially a think tank for video game developers would be a pretty boring affair. It would be just as crazy an idea to entertain as tv shows about women in government or a 3 hour movie about the diplomatic acquiring of goods. Oh wait? Bam! Bam! And BAM! If you ever feel like a brief introduction & education in the more involved areas of the video game industry the modern entertainment industry Extra Credits is the channel (and internet retailer) for you. They examine the nuance and patterns in the industry as well as it’s effects on business and consumer, all in easy to understand english with charming pictorial clues, so even little Jessie can understand why the media industry are conspiring to rob her blind in exchange for a half-complete game with a 4 minute playtime. It’s inspiring stuff.

In many ways the guys behind Extra Credits are like the Super Mario Bros rock remix that features at the beginning of some many of their episodes. A new take on seemingly perfected formulas. Every week James, the writer, and Dan, the disembodied voice, put out a new episode analyzing the problems of the industry and offering potential solutions with wit, insight and again, disembodied voices attached to weirdly coloured cuboids. Using the principles of gamification, consumer behaviour and some lateral thinking these guys could probably add incentive to breakfast time by making you believe there was a power up at the end. Heck, they even suggest every schoolboy’s dream that class should play more like an MMORPG. Whether in an alternate reality the World of Warcraft geeks that hold all the cards turn out to be more tyrannical than their jock counterparts, we’ll never know, but it’s nice to think about. And with multiple playlists under their banner like Extra Remix, Design Club and new series Extra History there’s a bunch of content to suggest to your local councilman. Now if only they could work out a video game centric infrastructural justification for a Veep/Parks & Recreation crossover episode, we’d all be happy.
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20 Things I Should Have Known at 20

By Julien Smith, original posted on


1. The world is trying to keep you stupid. From bank fees to interest rates to miracle diets,people who are not educated are easier to get money from and easier to lead. Educate yourself as much as possible for wealth, independence, and happiness.

2. Do not have faith in institutions to educate you. By the time they build the curriculum, it’s likely that the system is outdated– sometimes utterly broken. You both learn and get respect from people worth getting it from by leading and doing, not by following.

3. Read as much as you can. Learn to speed read with high retention.Emerson Spartz taught me this while I was at a Summit Series event. If he reads 2-3 books a week, you can read one.

4. Connect with everyone, all the time. Be genuine about it. Learn to find something you like in each person, and then speak to that thing.

5. Don’t waste time being shy. Shyness is the belief that your emotions should be the arbitrators of your decision making process when the opposite is actually true.

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Free to Play

Remember kids, happiness lies at the bottom of mummy’s purse.

What is Money?

Much like a large fraction of the human race, I too reached a stage where I became mentally capable of fully understanding and articulating my thoughts. Once I’d gained this ability, the world became blessed with a 4 month old willing to express alternate life philosophies to thespians and scholars. Admittedly, I wasn’t in fact 4 months old, it wasn’t presented to Earth’s best and brightest, and the grand socio-political idea that’s to follow isn’t what you’d imagine to come out of a 12 year old on his way back from the grocers, but the idea came nevertheless. If everyone gave and took their fair share, man wouldn’t have a need for money.

I cannot rule out the chance that this sudden desire for the termination of purchase wasn’t borne from insufficient change for a packet of Skittles but whether rooted in sweetie lust or not, this was the greatest philosophical enquiry of any preteen’s life. Money is used to assure procurement of the basic needs (food, water, shelter, clothing) and luxuries (technology, accessories, entertainment etc.). So what if everything were free? You could get a home, pick up the ingredients for dinner from the shop, walk straight through the cinema after helping yourself to some popcorn you didn’t need to spend the cost of a family car to attain. It’d be great, what could go wrong? Knowing mankind, we’d probably abuse it, take more than we need and stockpile regardless of limited production rates and our fellow man. After the Israelites escaped the Egpytians with Moses, God provided them with a daily supply of mana and they couldn’t keep their bloody hands off the stuff. I doubt John Goodman at a Dunkin Donuts would show any more restraint than Reuben the slave.
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