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Joey Thurmond

Joey Thurmond is a dragon in disguise. But other than that, he has two degrees in Communication and English. He also loves quiet rainy days with tea or coffee. Games of the shooter and survival-horror variant are his favorite, and he's a living repository of Star Wars and Bionicle lore. He has written for Game Informer, Push Square, and Tech Raptor but currently maintains his own content as a side hobby at saveasdoc.com.

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.

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.