James Ross

Kelowna, Bc, Canada

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James Ross
Posted over 2 years ago
Which video game has challenged your perspective on the way you live your life and how?
Super Smash Brothers Melee The melee community both on the global and local level is possibly the most diverse, nicest and smartest (genuine kindness and true proper intelligence go hand-in-hand really) I've ever been involved in or had the joy of seeing. The community grew up in the backyards of friends of friends, before any online or gaming craze ever hit the waves. Naturally, you had to learn to 'get along' and love each other as best friends across the map if you only ever could meet and play in a face-to-face bases. The games tournaments and events are hosted by the players, places coming from across the country/world provide housing for each other, and places to stay, venues to play, and food to eat, and rides from airports to hotels to wherever. Nobody has much money or the input of sponsors and providers, it's run by the kids from any age and environment who just want to have fun and get together to play a challenging and friendly opponent. It's an old game so it's cheap to play and one of the most advanced games to date, by far. Always something to learn and so much brain-work playing alone makes people better in general. It's the best analogy to life I've ever had towards helping others with anything. Everyone who plays this game can relate to life with each other more than anyone else because of the game. It's like a miniature global world beneath the 'other' one for a lot of people, and always will be, because after 12 years, it's stronger than ever and growing still. Melee will never die, the community will always be there.
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James Ross
Posted about 3 years ago
Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better
One of my favorite topics and things to share, nicely summarized and covering the route of almost all my personal practices! If life is love, it's art. The Art of Conversation being one of greatest on every level, and the art of listening being one that's going on all the time, whether we're 'listening' or not. I'll be taking bits of this talk to expand on my listening lessons, as well as sharing this as another (amazing) take on it. Thanks. :)
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James Ross
Posted over 3 years ago
It's about time for civility to make a comeback. Not just in the current political mayhem, but everywhere.
This is much simpler than anyone imagines. It's absolutely completely doable right now. It's just unfamiliar territory. ;) Everyone is open and everyone alive and mildly intelligent has something amazing to share with the world, both individually and universally, and is willing to share it. There are no walls, but a lot of people for some reason just imagine everyone else does. It's funny how a lifetime seeing something a certain way or being told it is can be so difficult to reverse, even when we know it's all an illusion. At the same time, just because something has been, is now and possibly always will be, doesn't mean it's the way it should be or the best way it could be. Just the fact that you (Patrick and everyone else) understand this and you 'think' something has to be done, or others need to understand this, means it's up to YOU to do EVERYTHING about it. Knowing something, understanding what it takes, and applying it to your life are all completely different, the last step is easy but the rarest. I'm with you, if you keep going then it'll all come together in time. Will it match imagination? That's for you to decide. ;)
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James Ross
Posted over 3 years ago
How would you describe the purpose of life in one sentence?
I'm glad you brought this up. Having fun is the only reason anyone 'stays alive' really. Even in the most difficult times, people don't quit, and it's because at some point in their lives they experienced some form of 'joy' and THAT is what they either know will come or hope for, so it's subconsciously what keeps them going. If there was no idea of 'joy' to live for, they wouldn't. This could be simply my opinion so I won't elaborate, but of the lives I've tried to lift, this has always been the deepest reachable understanding. It seems to be what makes us 'human' more than give credit for. Though I'd credit a balance of practicality and empathy to answering the questions 'Who am I and how do I be me/be happy with me?' and 'How do I be happy?' more than anything. :)
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James Ross
Posted over 3 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten is a nice short read. I got the chance to speak with him for a while beforehand and I think he's more similar to me than anyone I've ever met, so it's probably a little better for me than others. Our books paralleled and I'd recommend speaking or reading about that perspective on life to everyone. :)
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James Ross
Posted over 3 years ago
We spend 3 billion hours a week as a planet playing videogames. Is it worth it? How could it be MORE worth it?
The game Melee is a part of life, just like anything you want as a part of your life, you have to sacrifice a part of your life to bring it in. Unless you do something today, you'll be exactly where you are today, tomorrow. Today, I bet a LOOOOOOOOOOOT of people had a lot of fun, got a lot better, had a lot of laughs and learned a lot...by playing video games. I bet a lot of people got a lot of that from a lot of things, and I bet a lot didn't. That's for you to decide. Most importantly, smile when you do anything. Games a just that after all, games. They're fun. If you say "Why don't gamers see life as the ultimate game?" Well, you could say that about anything, and in our community we sure do. I hope others will follow, not just the gaming world. We'll smile as we play this 'life' game us 'GAMERS' have heard so much about too. ;) Sorry for the MULTIPLE Massive POSTS It's kind of my trade mark on other forums to do multiple posts, why change? ;) hahahha Take care. Nice topic too Jane. Hopefully I don't get 'banned' for this 'spam' as I'm liking this TED stuff. It's a fun game. :)
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James Ross
Posted over 3 years ago
We spend 3 billion hours a week as a planet playing videogames. Is it worth it? How could it be MORE worth it?
2 people can have the same experience, for 1 it can be shrugged off like an everyday event, for the other it can be life changing and they will forever be better from it. If you’re doing something and not getting anything from it, it’s not doing anything for you. It can be said about exercising, reading, writing, music, or everything else, just like a video game. If you’re not into a game or video games in general, move on, but never shut anything out of your life or anyone else’s. That’s plain counter beneficial. Then again this is all simple logic and anyone can understand it, it's a given. Never stop changing, it’s the only thing that we shouldn’t change. Games will change, the way we play them will change, everything will and is. It just keeps getting better, and it gets better faster too. Expect ‘Video Games’ to only get better with everything else, specifically the ones made by people who have an interest in things beyond material profits or mass production and more spread by word of mouth and the input of the person picking it up. If we ever get that far by the time things ‘change too fast for us’ :P In the meantime, I'll be playing this game I love, this game that has helped thousands upon thousands of young people around the globe and continues to do so and always will. Our community will continue to travel the world meeting new people and facing new challengers, we'll continue our community garden projects and random acts of planned kindness or 'scatter joy' events in doing our part to make the world a more amazing place. I'm a 'gamer' and I won the game of life a LOOOOOOOOOONG time ago. Gotta help everyone else along the way now.
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James Ross
Posted over 3 years ago
We spend 3 billion hours a week as a planet playing videogames. Is it worth it? How could it be MORE worth it?
This is just a scrape off the top of the cake, but I wanted to share all of this so all this posting was needed...hahah When you look at the internet for the first time, you’ll see garbage everywhere. No matter where you search you’ll find something completely useless, and lots of it. It’s what happened when the internet first started blooming, but slowly the little gatherings start to grow and people searching for goodness start to collect there in little clusters. Then these clusters start finding each other and everybody finally realizes they’re not alone and there’s something and somebody AMAZING in the direction they’re looking after all. Like anything. Kind of like TED even... this world is just a giant ball of scattered communities trying to collect all the goodness so we can make everything even better. There are bad television shows (I haven’t watched TV in almost 4 years aside from a free movie at a theatre occasionally) there’s bad food (I haven’t had fast food since I was 4 years old and never will again) there’s bad everything. It’s always at the front because it gets all the advertising, airtime, mockery, commercials, publicity and the works. Like the internet and anything else, when you look at the surface of gaming, you’ll find zombie killers and mindless remade crap all over the place. If anything, that means if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find an amazing collection of amazing people trying to find all the other amazing people, maybe they'll introduce me to another TEDlike thing. Video games (like anything involving technology) are VERY new to us human being creatures, they have a lot to offer both as they are and what they have yet to become (like anything involving technology). Judging ‘Gamers’ as being ‘Stereotypical Gamers’ and ‘Games’ as being ‘Stereotypical Games’ is outdated and naive and has been for a while. A lot of 'being difficult to explain' is a lot of the reason why there's even a 'DEBATE' for things like this. :/