#FitGeekFriday 14: MMOs and Online Gaming

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Welcome back to #FitGeekFriday, where FitGeeks from around the internet get together, share links, and talk about all kinds of awesomeness.

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Do You MMO?

Online gaming has been a part of my life since I was 15 years old. I have played pretty much every major MMO (massively multiplayer online) game release since 1998.

I have not stuck with all of them as much as I wanted to, but the ones that kept my attention for months or years on end–World of Warcraft, Ultima Online, EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, Final Fantasy XIV, for instance–all have one thing in common.

A strong community.

The game part of these titles is important. You’re questing, earning rewards, and having fun. But the more important part to me is being able to do so with friends.

There are a lot of fantastic games that I play (or want to play) sporadically just to see the content–Guild Wars 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, WildStar, Elder Scrolls Online–not to actually stick with the game.

Because I don’t have any friends there.

To me, the game doesn’t matter. Much. Online communities are in my Top Ten favorite things, somewhere below superheroes, exercise, and Star Wars. I just love them. I love being able to know people I couldn’t otherwise. I love the idea of adventuring–actually adventuring!–with people in a way that would be entirely impossible in any other capacity.

And that’s why I love MMOs. That’s why for the better part of the past seventeen years, I’ve had an active MMO subscription of some kind or another. Because I like people. I like to belong. And I like to play games with folks.

If you’ve never tried an online game, do it. Do it now. With so many free-to-play games out there, if you’ve wanted to get your feet wet in the genre, there’s never been a better time to try. There’s a game and a community out there for almost every fandom, and with the low barrier to entry, what do you have to lose?

What’s your favorite online game or community?

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Ending the Streak

I just broke my #runstreak when I reached 60 days. After two months of running every single day, I learned a lot of lessons, but the primary one that stuck with me is that I don’t need to run that much.

Because I burn out. I get tired of it. I ran 9 miles this past weekend, and it was hard. Not that running 9 miles is every easy, but I know what it should feel like.

And this wasn’t it. On top of being physically hard, I wasn’t mentally there.

So I broke my streak and decided that maybe my 1-mile filler runs weren’t the way to go. I decided that maybe, just maybe, I shouldn’t be worried about marathon training, either.

The way I see it, I run for fun. Sure, it’s about fitness and health, but mostly, I run to keep myself entertained and mentally stable, though it might not always be in that order.

By the end of this #runstreak, I was not having fun anymore. I had discipline and determination, but I wasn’t having fun. A 9-miler may not be fun by most people’s standards, but I was looking forward to it.

And it sucked.

In fact, the whole few weeks before that run had sucked. Looking back, I think I was doing too much, too soon. I was coming off an injury and immediately started to increase milage to get going before the summer and make sure I could hit a marathon in October.

I overshot my ability with my goal, and now I’m paying for it. Not physically, mind you, but mentally. I haven’t injured myself, but I’m in that phase of training where I dread running.

That’s not like me.

So I’m taking a step back, moving my runs from daily to 3-4x a week. I enjoy running a 10k 4x a week. That’s the most fun I’ve ever had running. It wasn’t overbearing, and it wasn’t physically hard to get that as my base.

Sometimes, you just have to take a look at where you are and where you want to be. More than anything, I want to not dread running and love it again. So I’m training for that at the moment.

I think I can get there in just a few weeks of trying.

#FitGeekFriday 13: Stop Being So Negative

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Welcome back to #FitGeekFriday, where FitGeeks from around the internet get together, share links, and talk about all kinds of awesomeness.

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Haters, Stop Hatin’

The internet is awesome. It’s a place where like-minded people can get together and talk and have fun and support each other. It can be a place where people share information and make each other’s lives a little easier.

It can also be a rough place. Honestly, there are parts of the internet that can be kind of a cesspool. People complain about things they love, people harass other people for not liking the same things, people bully just for the simple fact that anonymity gives very little chance of recourse.

And I’m sick of it.

I’m tired of internet trolls, and I’m tired of sensationalist, clickbait journalism. I’m tired of fat shaming, and I’m tired of fit shaming. I’m tired of people–in whatever capacity–making other people feel bad for liking things.

If you like something, like it. Don’t have guilty pleasures. Like something with all your heart. If you enjoy something, have fun with it. Don’t be ashamed, and don’t make other people feel ashamed.

Not a runner? That’s fine. Don’t run. Not a lifter? That’s cool. Don’t pick heavy things up. But don’t make people feel bad about it. Don’t diminish what works for someone else to build up whatever it is you’re promoting.

If you like something, focus on the positives, not what could be done to make it better. This goes for fitness and for geekery. Do you look forward to the new Star Wars movies? I do, and I’m really sick of people trying to preemptively destroy my buzz because of how bad the prequels were. You know what? They were terrible. But I still think they have some of the best sword fights ever captured on film.

Do you not agree? That’s great! Let’s not agree! I won’t bash you for liking Michael Bay movies like I want to.

Because the internet can be a rough place, I think that we, as geeks and fitness lovers, should embrace the idea of community. We all won’t agree, but the least we can do is be open-minded. We can at least try to put a smile on our face and understand where the other people are coming from.

If you like something, like it. Everything has flaws, sure. But if the only way you know how to like something is to poke holes in it and mock it, perhaps you should reevaluate things.

Internet negativity has gone too far. Let’s have the #FitGeek community be a bastion of hope, wonder, and positivity, shall we?

What do you like about superheroes? What makes one for you?

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