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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.

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.

Why Do Furries Matter? | Part 2

Furry characters exist as the stylized versions of their creators' best selves, who share their love and creativity through fursuiting and conventions.

Control Is an Encouraging Love Letter To Gamers

LTN editor Joey Thurmond shares how Remedy's newest game, Control, masterfully celebrates both playing video games and those who play them.

Refunct Wants to be Your Friend

Refunct disarms players with an unassuming game feature that prompts them to not only reflect on their lives, but also their self-worth.

The Living Force of God: Meditation as Prayer in Star Wars

In Star Wars, Qui-Gon Jinn's relationship to the Force can tell us how a selfless, meditative approach to prayer can deepen one's closeness to God.

The Last Guardian and the Fruits of Patience

Video game companions are built for immediate gratification, but The Last Guardian demonstrates the beauty and value in building upon imperfect bonds.

Why Do Furries Matter?

The furry fandom is far more than its sterotypes suggest with a diverse community rife with genuine love, humbling honesty, and deeply personal creativity.

The Price of Love in the How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy

In exploring the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, Joey Thurmond is reminded of his grandfather and the legacy he left behind: with love comes sacrifice.

How Nostalgia Helps Us—And How it Hurts Us, Too

Joey takes a look at how nostalgia can add to our lives and benefit the films, games, and shows we love—and how it can likewise be a hindrance.