Once again I find myself in the position of having a mind filled with all kinds of ideas, and a body that can’t wait to finish writing this post and go to bed. I’m taking Christian Thought and Classical Philosophy class and I’m literally having to read hundreds of pages a week. I may be the only one in the class who is mentally comparing Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario et. al.) with the Greek philosopher Socrates. That’s what happens when you enjoy video games and theology, they get mashed up together.
So whether it is Aristotle or Augustine, I still find myself diving into my personal library of Nintendo Power magazines. I sort of enjoy philosophy, but deep down I’m pretty sure that reality is in fact, real. I also have no problem believing or understanding that there must be another reality beyond myself. I want to tell these philosophers, “I’m convinced OK? If I just agree with you will you stop talking?”
But why am I completely un-awesome? I’ve mentioned recently to my new friends on the Theology Gaming Podcast that I’ve had a difficult time on a particular section of Assassin’s Creed 3. In the scene, I am trying to stop six of my fellow warriors from reaching the top of the hill. If they get there, they will be killed by the military forces of Charles Lee. I just can’t do it. I’ve tried so many times but I either miss the guy by running up a tree, or by accidentally running in front of him and alerting everyone. When they are alerted, they all just start running to their deaths at the hill top. On the podcasts, my opinion shifts from week to week from completely loving the game to completely hating it. By the way, you can find the Theology Gaming Podcast on iTunes now and on other apps soon.
What did I do to get past it? Did I dedicate hours of my life in attempt after attempt? Did I go to the store and buy a player’s guide? Did I study the videos of other players on Youtube? No, I had someone else come to my house and beat it for me. He did it in three tries – and that was only because he was not used the Wii U control scheme. I’m attaching a video. I might as well make my humiliation complete.
Now that I’m past that moment, I am liking the game again. But I felt compelled to tell all of you the truth about how un-awesome I am. God is awesome by the way, a word meaning both great and terrible. So if I’m un-awesome, that means I’m mediocre and unimpressive. The video evidence doesn’t lie! Have a great weekend. I’m heading down to Savannah to visit my son at Savannah College of Art and Design.