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Joey Thurmond

Joey Thurmond has two degrees in communication and English, and teaches on both for a living. He's actually a dragon in disguise who loves quiet, rainy days with a cup of hot tea. Videogames of the first-person shooter and survival-horror variant are his favorite, and he's a living repository of Star Wars and Bionicle lore. He also has bylines at Game Informer, Push Square, and Tech Raptor, but currently maintains his own content at saveasdoc.com.

Beastars and the Pain of Forbidden Love

Beastars shows the difficulty of love between incompatible people. Whether it's requited or not, sometimes denying that love is how to love someone best.

Holding out Hope in Parks and Recreation

People's shortcomings make us jaded, but we're all works in progress. Patience in light of that helps us find and stoke the potential for good in us all.

Why is Blasphemous Media Important?

Christians should be careful in their motives and guard their hearts with blasphemous media, but it can strengthen their faith, witness, and love of others.

Social Distancing and Death Stranding

For many introverts, quarantine life amid the coronavirus can feel normal. But Death Stranding reminds us to value both alone time and in-person fellowship.

Rationalizing Evil in Doom

Despite Doom's satire, its portrayal of demonic influence is hardly unbelievable with characters showing evil cannot be used for good nor excused.

The Witcher and the Nature of Legends

Legends are embellished, twisted, and even dishonest about the people they venerate. Netflix's The Witcher shows how, even still, we need them all the same.

The Divine Ritual of Rest in Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding is a clarion call for the need of making self-care an intentional practice in a world of ever-increasing workaholism.

Skywalker Saga Reflections – Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Joey Thurmond writes how Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith illustrates the danger of moralizing without love and why the best of us can fall so far without it.

Looking Back at the Black Hole: Reflections on the Fortnite Publicity Stunt

With Epic Games’s most recent PR stunt and the launch of Fortnite Chapter 2, LTN writers share their perspectives on the Black Hole Event. From appreciation to critique, writers Zach Carpenter, Ryan Eighmey, and Joey Thurmond discuss what the Black Hole Event has meant to them.

Untitled Goose Game and Schadenfreude

We exhibit glee at the silly mistakes and misfortune of others, but how much is too much? Untitled Goose Game prompts reflection upon our love of mischief.