GUEST POST — Nathan Dunsmore

Video Game Trader #29 is Now Available.

Cover art found here.

In This Issue:
Mike Begum: Competitive Gamer A Retrospective
Just 4 Qix – Sinistar
Made in Japan: Tales of the Tempest (NDS)
Token Appreciation: Moon Patrol
Press Start Comic
Full Retro Video Game Price Guide

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Open Posting

Vindicius is going on auto pilot for the next few months as I complete “Tales of the Future” and transition into the Christmas list of short stories I need to get crackin’ on. A re-post of a former post from Vindicius will be posted every Monday for the next 6-8 weeks as I do this.

So, those of you visiting the site are now welcome the opportunity to be a guest poster on Vindicius. How do you do this? Well it’s simple; either you sign up as a subscriber to the site and I make you a contributor, or you can simply send me an email of your post which my assistant George will put into the website. George doesn’t edit much and he isn’t easily offended. Also, if you choose the email route, you can use either the contact form page or send your emails to “” Send your name (could be a pen name if you like) and if you want, something about you. You can send links to your social media pages too if you wish and they will be added to the post.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one. This is just an attempt to reach out to new bloggers and writers and give them a chance to get something off their chest, post to an author’s website or simply do something potentially fun. Bring your friends, tell your co-workers. The parents are leaving and the house is open for business.

You won’t receive emails from me, no newsletter crap or sign-up spam messages. Just an invitation to guest post.




Re-Post — The Freedom to Exit

From Vindicius: July 31, 2013


Suicide is a rightly controversial issue.

Rightly, not justly.

It is right to call into question the act of taking your life, though I can find little (if any) justification for eternal damnation as the punishment for wanting to leave early. To me, life is just a bad movie filled with silly, pathetic romantic entanglements and Python-like war scenes. It’s so bad that you feel obligated to sit through the entire movie rather than walk out early. And when someone decides it’s time to exit the theater, all holy hell breaks loose. A betrayal has been committed, since we’re all in this situation together, right?

Personally, I’ve contemplated suicide several times over the first 22 years. Being the youngest child, rarely feeling appreciated or simply being a student of philosophy has brought about many opportunities to quietly walk away from the whole charade. I’m not looking for a handout or seeking empathy.

I’m aware of the standard responses people have to such thoughts:

“You need help”

“You need someone to talk to”

“You’re seriously ill”

How pathetic they all are!

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised when a “mentally unstable” person ends up killing a group of people. Perhaps we should stop with the old rhetoric and begin taking a more serious approach to the internal conflict that many (if not all) of us have at some point in our lives.

Now I’m not considering suicide at this moment; rather I’m attempting to make a point about the state of mental health within the United States, if not the world in general. Besides my parents, my death at my own hands would shock most people that know me, and that doesn’t sit will with me on several levels.

Suicide is not a crime, and rather than detest those who choose to exit early I strongly suggest that we all look at our own decision to stay before questioning those who leave. If the exit holds an entrance to another film, or perhaps another life, then hold true to it in any fashion you’d like.

For now, be careful how you view those who get there early, for the afterlife has no reward on first-come basis.


Parts II and III Available for Pre-Order

Part II found here….Part III here.


Special thanks to Amazon for finally allowing this to happen.

Thank You, and Farewell

Like he was to countless others, Robin Williams was a profound influence on my life. I grew up listening to his stand up routines–where I learned my first curse words–and watching the numerous films which he appeared in. Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King, Aladdin, and perhaps dearest to me, Mrs. Doubtfire. Those of course, are just a few.

Williams was as much a part of my childhood as Teenage Ninja Turtles or Ken Griffey Jr. So much can be said for him and his persona: a legend, a genius, a wonderful human being who wouldn’t dare to hurt a fly. And though he had his demons, he never gave the impression that he couldn’t handle them. Unfortunately, in the end they got the better of him. But those demons will never darken the image of a man whose energy was used for the purposes of bringing joy to those around him, no matter who they were.

My fondest memory of Williams was when he came to East Lansing for his “Weapons of Self-Destruction” comedy tour in 2009, during my freshman year. Every joke he had was perfectly timed and without error, and there was little room to breathe in between each fit of laughter. I cannot remember a time when I have laughed so hard or felt so much joy at listening to the words of another human, and I don’t think that I ever will. It was a dream come true, to see such a man in action, doing what made everyone love him so much.

Williams had that special ability to consistently keep you on the edge of your seat, never letting you fall to the ground. But if you did, there was a soft landing of cushioned laughter and tears waiting for you. He was the funniest man I’ve ever seen or heard, and I don’t suppose that I will ever be so lucky as to witness another like him. But I wish to hell that his memory will never be forgotten, for his is one that is needed more than ever, especially in our darkest hours.

Thank you, Robin Williams, and farewell.


Tales of the Future, Part I Available on Amazon

Part I found here at Amazon. It will be available for free through August 1.

Also available on Scribd and under the Free Stuff page here at Vindicius.



REMINDER — Power Man Reign Teaser on YouTube

Just a quick reminder…






UPDATE — Tales of the Future, Part I now on Scribd

As the title says, Tales of the Future, Part I is now available for exclusive download on Scribd. Parts II and III will be due out by the end of the year, as promised.


Tales of the Future, Part I is also available through Vindicius under the Free Stuff page, and will soon be available at Amazon.




A “Malthusian Trap,” and a Good Read

Population growth and its consequences. 

That Pretty Much Sums it Up