“Hironobu Sakaguchi (Of Square) was about to quit video game design forever. So as a kind of swan-song to the company and his own career, Sakaguchi set out on a little game called “Final Fantasy,” which he presumed would be his last venture in this particular creative field. ” – [Source]
The Secular Nerd:
Why not? It wasn’t like Final Fantasy stood a chance, right?
“Dungeons and Dragons was created by the team of Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR)” – [Source]
The Secular Nerd
I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons since I was 8. I have played all the versions of Dungeons and Dragons. Did you know that Wizards of the Coast purchased TSRon April 10, 1997? They purchased it for $25 Million – [Source]
A lot of people suffer, or have suffered from depression and/or social anxiety disorder in their lives. It can affect anyone at any time. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that video games can not only be therapeutic, but also used as treatment for depression and social anxiety disorder.
I encourage everyone to take the time to watch this video, come back, and see the rest of this post. You won’t regret it, I promise you this.
That is Boogie, and you can find his Channel on YouTube, and his page on Facebook. I have been following him for awhile now, watching the silly videos, the serious videos, and watching his transformation as he works on controlling his weight.
You might be asking, why is this so important? It’s because he told my life’s story exactly, from the games, the living situation, the mental illnesses, to the resolution. He’s not alone either. From helping soldiers with PTSD to anger management, video games have a beneficial therapeutic response. Boogie, myself, and others have come to find the benefits of on-line, off-line, and real world table top gaming to help us get through our darkest hours and come up on top.
A quick search on YouTube revealed this video about a former High School football player who found video games to be therapeutic, a huge confidence booster, and a purpose for him. Stories like these greatly contradict the negative press video games get, from blaming them for murderous rampages, theft, etc. As a rather avid video gamer myself, I have never felt compelled to go off on a murderous rampage, steal a car, or find a prostitute, bang her, and leave her for dead in an alley way (completely random, but Grand Theft Auto has been blamed for a prostitute death).
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama
What if all the religions sacrificed the need to build monuments and temples to their faith and instead built schools, houses, even hospitals. If they instead used kindness to their fellow man instead of living in fear of some unknown entity. Helping their fellow man because they care, not out of fear of some unknown entity. Not to say I condemn them for their beliefs, because I’m just not that kind of person. I live in the bible belt, and there can be up to 10 churches in one town around here. That’s just way too much! If they used that money to help the community instead of building fancier and fancier churches, they could help their fellow man.
I’m That Heathen Girl, and I figured since the Secular Nerd posted such a thorough opening post I’d introduce myself.
You can check out our bio’s to learn more about us. We will also have links to our personal sites at a later date.
The kind of posts you can look forward to from me are going to be the entertainment reviews. Some of my nerdy points of interest are: – Books & Movies – Graphic Design & Photography – PC Gaming
Welcome to the site and enjoy! – That Heathen Girl
The Secular Nerd said “let there be nerdy reasoning” and so it began…
We are extremely thrilled to start what is going to be a very exciting journey into the world of secular nerds. What are secular nerds you ask? Let’s explore these two words in detail, shall we?
1. of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as
religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secularinterests.
2. not pertaining to or connected with religion ( opposed to sacred): secular music.
3. (of education, a school, etc.) concerned with non religious subjects.
4. (of members of the clergy) not belonging to a religious order;not bound
by monastic vows ( opposed to regular).
5. occurring or celebrated once in an age or century: the secular games of Rome.
[nurd] noun Slang .
1. a stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person.
2. an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.
Our first word “secular”, is very important to many people. It is the pursuit of a world not connected with religion. We live in a society that’s focused on many different agendas. The pushing of a religious agenda is one huge conglomerate of many sub agendas, meaning there are many different religions, and many different interpretations of their religious dogma. The forcing of these many different religious beliefs in our world has caused not only wars, but skewed day to day habits that infringe on many peoples way of life.
You might be wondering where I’m going with my take on this. It’s simple; get religion out of politics, government, and public places. Don’t get me wrong when I say that though. I consider myself a secular humanist. I believe people are free to believe whatever they wish to believe, but I don’t want your beliefs interfering with my day to day life, or that of humanity as a whole. One very bright, shining, and painful example of what I mean, is marriage equality. The term used a lot against marriage equality, is “the sanctity of marriage must be upheld. It is a union of one man, and one woman”.
Let’s look at the word “sanctity” before you claim that religion has nothing to do with marriage equality.
2. sacred or hallowed character: the inviolable sanctity of the temple.
3. a sacred thing.
Let’s talk about “the sanctity of marriage” for a moment. Marriages between one man and one woman happen everyday. They also divorce everyday. What happened to the sacred oath they have taken? Till death do you part, right? People divorce all the time, yet there is no war against divorce lawyers. The war is against what peoples beliefs are. In a secular government, you would have none of this. We would already have marriage equality. We, however, do not live in a secular world, we do not have a secular government, and we have the religious agendas to thank for this.
The above, is what you can expect on the secular side of this website. It won’t always be “militant”, but it sure will be blunt, and straight to the point. I am a nerd which embraces many of the “nerdy” genres. Let’s look at them in a fancy bullet list!
Table-top Role-Playing (Dungeons and Dragons, White Wolf’s World of Darkness, etc)
Collectible Card Games (Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, etc)
MMO’s (World of Warcraft, Star Wars, etc)
Computer Strategy Games (Starcraft, Command and Conquer, etc)
Social Network Marketing
Live Action Role-Play (Vampire: The Masquerade, Dagorhir, etc)
Star Trek AND Star Wars fanatic
When it comes to any of these topics, I become an elitist monster. I’m very passionate about these topics, but I also enjoy a good clean friendly debate. Why, you may ask, did I list my hobbies and skills? Because those are the topics I will discuss, along with a secular twist (but not always).