A Year of Writing: Fool’s Bench

Hello readers! Like I’ve said before, time really flies. Exactly a year ago on this day, I announced and launched Fool’s Bench with my first 4 posts. And since then, it has become a weekly rhythm of mine to write something fun or inspiring to just share it with all of you.

At times, ideas came easy and I would have a lot to write about. On other occasions, I struggled to even type a word. But no matter what, I am so glad and thankful for all the support and encouragement I got in the past year from my friends and readers – you.

Thank you for your kind words, affirmation and comments every single week. It is because of you that I know I am making a little difference through the Internet. And that keeps me writing.

So I can’t believe it, but this is my 63rd post! And what’s a better way to celebrate this day than to look back at some (well, actually 30 lol) of the posts that were written here in the past year? Come on, let’s travel back to a year ago. 😄

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Written exactly a year ago at the launch of Fool’s Bench, this post describes what my church is to me.
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Originally a sermon by Pastor Lia, “Ambidextrous Faith” talks about having faith in our battles and finding strength in God.
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One of my first few attempts at writing something creative, haha.
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Written out of a personal revelation, this post shows you from just ONE chapter alone, how amazing the Word of God can be.
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On Thanksgiving last year, I wrote about my incredible pastors & leaders in church.
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One of my personal favorites, “Star Wars for Beginners” is to this date, the most read article on Fool’s Bench.
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Never too late to read my first post of 2016.
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My favorite movies from 2015!
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Memories.
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More than just a song.
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“Every saint has a past; every sinner has a future.”
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“You never get what you want in life. You only get what you prepare for.”
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“Why I Enjoyed” is a series of posts where I talk casually about recent movies I’ve watched. “Zootopia” is still one of the best in 2016.
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On Good Friday, I wrote a short post about our imperfect world and what we can do about it.
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The April Fools’ joke that pranked hundreds of people.
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Every 3 months, I write about upcoming movies that I am looking forward to.
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I believe. Do you?
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A post dedicated to Pastor Lia on her birthday this year.
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This is the second guide that I’ve written about a fictional universe. I’m such a geek.
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Don’t just breathe. Live.
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One of the funniest posts I’ve written. Or at least I think so.
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The 50th post on Fool’s Bench.
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First post after a one-month break. These people are awesome.
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Witness how “funny” me and my friends are.
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Could our current pain have a future purpose?
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Heroes can rise out of the most unlikeliest of places.
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Probably the most read post so far in 2016, this post like the movie, was a surprise hit among my friends.
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A new series of short posts that literally kills time with jokes – around 1 minute to be specific.
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Give with the right heart; give cheerfully.
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The last post of Year One describes the journey of a dream.

And that’s it for Year One of Fool’s Bench! Once again, thank you for reading and sharing, and I’ll see you in the next post. 😉

10 Jokes Per Minute #2

A few weeks ago, I shared with all of you 10 jokes that can make you laugh (or angry) in approximately one minute. And since quite a few of you responded “pretty well” to it, here I am with the second edition of 10 Jokes Per Minute! lol


1) What do you call security guards at a Samsung store? Guardians of the Galaxy.

2) My friend asked me if I liked her new glasses. I told her “it’s quite a spectacle!”

3) The police came to my door to tell me that my dogs were chasing people on bikes. “No they aren’t,” I said. “My dogs don’t even have bikes.”

4) Why do the riot police like to get to work early? To beat the crowd.

5) How do self-absorbed people screw in a light bulb? By holding the bulb up to the socket and waiting for the world to revolve around them.

6) I wanted to tell you a joke about the iPhone’s headphone jack. But they told me to remove it.

7) What do you call dogs underwater? Sub woofers.

8) I don’t trust people who use graph paper. They’re always plotting something.

9) I can cut a piece of wood in half just by looking at it. It’s true, I saw it with my own eyes.

10) Thanks for explaining the word “many” to me. It means a lot.


And thanks for reading this too. It means a lot… I think! Haha! 😂

10 Jokes Per Minute

It’s a Friday night and I’m on a long bus ride home. What do I do? Share some jokes I found on the Internet with all of you of course! Random much? Well, wait till you hear these following jokes. 😂


1) Why do spies never use capital letters? Because they like to stay low-key.

2) 19 and 20 got into a fight. 21. 

3) If I cuold time travel, I would fix my spelling.

4) I went for a job interview today and the manager said he was looking for someone who is responsible. I told them that I was the perfect choice because in my last job, whenever anything went wrong, everyone would say that I’m responsible.

5) My friend asked me to describe myself in three words. I said “lazy”.

6) What did the Indian boy say to his mother before he left for school? “Mumbai!”

7) If right now I’ll get 50 cents for every Mathematics exam I’ve failed, I’ll have $6.30!

8) I once had a goldfish that could break-dance on a carpet; but only for like 20 seconds.

9) What’s heavier, a kilogram of bricks or a kilogram of feathers? A kilogram of feathers – because now you would also have to carry the weight of what you did to those poor birds.

10) People used to laugh at me when I told them that I wanted to become a comedian. Well, nobody is laughing now.


Alright, that’s enough for tonight. Hopefully the 10 jokes above have made your minute(s) reading them a little more joyful? Haha, have a good night and I’ll see you in the next post. 😄

Fans of PokĂ©mon Go Crazy with Puns

I know. The title itself has a really bad pun. If you can’t stand it/don’t get it, I recommend you to turn back now and head back through the door that brought you here. Because seriously, you’re about about to see some really low-level jokes right now. 😛😄

It all started with the recent PokĂ©mon Go craze and a certain Singaporean who was too eager to share his feelings on social media about how he is not able to get his hands on the game as of yet. Oh wait, that sounds familiar. 😉😄

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Alright that’s enough. Are you seeing this, Niantic? If you are, then you now know how not being able to play PokĂ©mon Go has detrimental effects on the human brain; I urge you to release the PokĂ©mon to Asia soon! đŸ˜„

For the rest of who are still here, thanks for bearing with this nonsense. 😛😄

16 Dad Jokes You Should Never Use

So Father’s Day is around the corner and as we think of the many memories, moments and good times we share with our dads, I am sure that there is one common thing that most of us would “fondly” remember – their jokes. Like it or not, it is no doubt that “Dad jokes” have become a popular topic on the Internet. Unfortunately, the jokes usually stay there.

So in case you’re thinking of using some Dad jokes to break the ice at the party, take my advice – don’t. I promise you, you will instead expand the ice and make the atmosphere in the room so cold that your friends would have to visit the North Pole to feel warm. Here are 16 Dad jokes you should never use.

1. I gave away all my dead batteries today… free of charge.

2. A clown held the door open for me; I thought it was a nice jester.

3. Last night, I dreamed about drowning in a sea of orange soda. Thank God, it was just a Fanta sea.

4. The shovel was a ground-breaking invention.

5. I shouldn’t have eaten that seafood. Now I feel a little… eel.

6. A man tried to sell me a coffin; I told him it was the last thing I need.

7. I asked a French man if he played video games. He answered “Wii”.

8. Did you hear about the new restaurant on the Moon? There’s great food but no atmosphere.

9. Who is the king of the pencil case? The ruler.

10. I am terrified of elevators. I am going to take steps to avoid them.

11. Why can’t you have a nose that is 12 inches long? Because then it would be a foot.

12. I used to dislike facial hair; but then it grew on me.

13. What did the “officer” molecule say to the “suspect” molecule? “I got my ion you.”

14. What do you call a deer with no eyes? No idea.

15. Why didn’t I put the cat out? It wasn’t on fire.

16. I wouldn’t buy anything with Velcro on it. It’ll be a total rip-off.

And I wouldn’t tell any Dad jokes to anyone; it’ll be a complete turn-off. 😄 Hahaha. Jokes aside, to all the fathers reading this, we still love you! Don’t stop being who you are and I wish you an early Happy Father’s Day. 😎

Puns

Hi everyone, Happy Friday!
Now if you know me, you would know that I love jokes, especially those filled with puns. So today, I’ve put together 50 of my favorite puns from the Internet (some of which I came up with). Hope you enjoy them! LOL.

1) I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off.

2) If Apple made a car, would it have Windows?

3) To the guy who invented zero, thanks for nothing!

4) How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

5) Whoever stole my copy of Microsoft Office is in big trouble. You have my WORD.

6) My friend had an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tears.

7) What do you do when chemists die? You Barium.

8) How do you kill a vegetarian vampire? With a steak to the heart, that’s how.

9) What’s the best part about living in Switzerland? Not sure, but the flag is a big plus.

10) Two fish are in a tank. One turns to the other and asks “How do you drive this thing?”

11) I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

12) I wondered why I couldn’t fall asleep all night. Then it dawned on me.

13) I was trying to understand lightning. Then it struck me.

14) How did the hipster burn his tongue? He drank his coffee before it was cool.

15) Pampered cows produce spoiled milk.

16) What is the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don’t know, I don’t care.

17) How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it.

18) A man tried to sell me a coffin today. I told him that’s the last thing I need.

19) What time did the man go to the dentist? Tooth hurt-y.

20) Did you hear about the kidnapping at school? Oh it’s ok, he’s awake now.

21) I only know 25 letters of the alphabet; I don’t know why.

22) My math teacher told me that I was average. How mean.

23) What did Adam say to his wife before Christmas? “It’s Christmas, Eve!”

24) A survey was done among interns who quit their job. What was their most common reason for departure? INTERNal conflicts.

25) I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.

26) Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a soda can? He was lucky it was a soft drink.

27) That very same guy owned a bakery that burned down last night. Now, his business is toast.

28) As if those weren’t bad enough, he drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.

29) You know why you shouldn’t trust stairs? They’re ALWAYS up to something.

30) The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.

31) What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing, it just let out a little whine.

32) What did the seawater say when it reached the shore? Nothing, it just gave a little wave.

33) The experienced carpenter nailed it, but the new guy screwed everything up.

34) Did you hear about the butter joke? Everyone’s spreading it.

35) Did you hear about the new broom? It’s sweeping the nation.

36) Did you hear about the hurricane? It’s taking the nation by storm.

37) If you ever find yourself freezing in an air-conditioned room, go to a corner. It’s 90 degrees.

38) Never trust people who do acupuncture; they’re backstabbers.

39) Never ever stand under a tree; they’re all really… SHADY.

40) Sleeping comes so naturally to me, I could do it with my eyes closed.

41) The magician got so mad he pulled his hare out.

42) I came home to my delight that every lamp in my house has been stolen.

43) There could only be one reason why Ed is single – she ran.

44) When my sister Ruth annoyed me, I chased her out of the house. I’m ruthless.

45) I told my friend 10 jokes to get him to laugh. Sadly, no pun in 10 did.

46) A book just fell on my head. I’ve only got my shelf to blame.

47) What do prisoners use to call each other? Cell phones.

48) Never trust atoms. They make up everything.

49) Did you know about the fire that broke out in the circus? It was in tents!

50) Why did Adele cross the road? To say “Hello” from the other side.

Hahaha alright, that’s enough puns for a day. Have an awesome weekend everyone! 😆

Cover photo by: arseniic

5 Burning Questions about One Punch Man

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the entire season of One Punch Man (anime).

Just last week, I finally found time to finish watching the remaining episodes of the first season of One Punch Man. And personally for me, I really enjoyed it. It is rare that you can find stories that are both epic and ridiculously funny at the same time, and One Punch Man has seriously been the perfect combination of both. Even though I wished the season lasted a little longer, I was happy with how it ended. But right after, I also had a few questions that I am looking forward to finding the answers for, hopefully in the next season.

1) Does Saitama have a family?

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We all know very vaguely about Saitama’s origins. Of course, I don’t mean his origins as a hero. Because like he always says, he started out doing it as a hobby for fun. What I meant was his origins as a person. At the start of the series, we’ve always seen Saitama living alone in his apartment until Genos moved in to be his disciple. He didn’t seem to have any friends or family. We don’t know how he ended up living there, who his parents are, and if he had any relatives. It will be nice to get some answers for that.

2) What is the REAL source of Saitama’s powers?

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Up till today, I still do not believe that 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and a 10KM run every single day is enough to give one man powers of that scale. I mean seriously, to be able to defeat a cosmic being like Lord Boros with little effort and then emerging unscathed… there’s got to be something else that gave Saitama his powers that he isn’t telling anyone about. Hopefully, we will get our answers in the second season.

3) Is Metal Knight who we think he is?

If you remember, at the beginning of the season, we met Genos and heard about his dramatic backstory for the very first time. Before Genos became a cyborg, he was actually living a pretty peaceful life with his family until one day, a deranged cyborg destroyed his entire town, killing his family at the same time. After his rebirth as a cyborg himself, Genos swore to hunt down that evil robot who destroyed his life. Fast forward to the last episode of One Punch Man, we have all the S Class heroes, Saitama and a few others resisting Lord Boros’ invasion. Well, that is, other than Blast and Metal Knight who never showed up during the course of the battle. As the victorious battle against the alien invaders were coming to an end, one of the S class heroes named Drive Knight warns Genos about Metal Knight, claiming that he is his “enemy”.

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Seeing that Metal Knight is also a cyborg, and doesn’t show up until the final battle ends, there is reason to doubt his character as a hero. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he shows up and ends up not helping at all. This time, he only appears after the major battle to pick up its remains and build more powerful weapons “for the sake of peace”. Maybe there is some sort of conspiracy going on and Metal Knight turns out to be the cyborg who Genos has always been looking for. Who knows?

4) Does Saitama have a weakness?

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So far, we know that Saitama is virtually indestructible. I mean just watch the show, you’ll know what I mean. He survives anything and everything. Like I said, the most he got out of fighting Lord Boros was dirt on his face. But I don’t know if you actually noticed this: during the course of his fight with Boros, Saitama ended up on the moon. And as he was up there, he couldn’t breath. For a moment there, it looked like he was struggling for air, just like any normal human being would. Could this be the only weakness the One Punch Man has –  the need for oxygen? If it is, then we could potentially see enemies taking advantage of this knowledge against our hero!

5) Who is Blast and where was he?

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As you all would know, all the heroes in One Punch Man have classes and ranks. Ever wondered who is number 1 among them all? Well, unfortunately we didn’t get to see him yet. We just know his name is Blast and he was absent at the heroes meeting before the final battle and during the fight. What are his powers? How does he look like? Where was he this whole time? Maybe we will find out in season 2.

BONUS: When is the second season going to be confirmed?

LOL. This is probably the most important question. Even though I have mentioned “season 2” multiple times throughout this short post, the fact is it is still in the process of becoming a reality. I guess we can just live first on the original video animations that are going to be released over the next few months. Then hopefully, we will get a confirmation soon and can follow Saitama on his epic adventures again.

p.s. No, I do not follow the manga. Sorry about that. 😆

Star Wars Twitter Parodies

Warning: Potential spoilers for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens lie ahead.

Hi again everyone! I came across these Twitter accounts just a few days back and thought they were too hilarious not to share with all of you. Basically, these are parody accounts created for a few well-known characters from Star Wars, that sort of depict in a comedic way what they might tweet about if they ever had access to social media. If you have yet to watch any of the Star Wars films, and especially the latest Episode VII, turn back now because one – you will be spoiled, and two – you won’t get the jokes. So without further ado, let me first introduce to you the Very Lonely Luke.

Oh poor Luke. Please visit his Twitter page and send him your love.

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That header photo could NOT be more appropriate.

 

Next up, meet Emo Kylo Ren.


 

Haha, last but not least – Bad Father Han Solo!


 

😆 Alright, that’s all for today! Hope you had a great laugh scrolling through these compilation of the funniest tweets I’ve seen this week. See you in the next post!

Monthly Recap: November 2015

Hi everyone! Happy December! It’s the start of the last month of the year, so what better time than now to have another monthly recap right? Hahaha. So without further ado, here are all the content released on Fool’s Bench in the month of November.

1) For Fun

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2) For Laughter

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3) For Creativity

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4) For Christ

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OOFON

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That’s all for the month of November! Hope you enjoyed reading and I’ll see you again soon in this exciting month.

One Punch Man – Heroism Has a New Face

In a world where popular superheroes and their familiar backstories are constantly being built upon and adapted, you would think that there will not be anymore “new heroes” that will be introduced and become as well-loved as Iron Man and Captain America. (YES, I am still WAITING for the CIVIL WAR TRAILER)

But NOPE! You and I were both wrong because right now, there’s a new superhero who is going viral on the Internet. And he is none other than One-Punch Man.

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So as the name suggests, his main ability is to be able to defeat any enemy in just ONE single punch. Other than that, is there anything else special about this hero? Exactly. Absolutely nothing.

Haha! But it’s also because of this boring and average backstory for the character that he is ironically made famous. It’s this ridiculous plot that serves as an awesome platform for comedy. You see, One-Punch Man is not your usual superhero with a serious “mission” of some sorts. He doesn’t have a purpose to serve, except to find that one enemy he can last in a fight with for more than one punch’s worth. Because of all his easy victories, he becomes bored with life, as can be seen in his usual expression:

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Seriously, just the appearance of him alone makes me want to laugh. I can’t believe that such a hilarious story actually started out as a simple webcomic by ONE author (that’s literally his pseudonym too), which became so successful over the Internet that it got adapted into a manga and now, an anime. So if you’re looking for laughs, why not check it out? You’ll understand why it’s one of the most popular mangas/animes right now. But brace yourselves, for heroism has a new face (literally).

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Image sources: Google, DeviantArt, KissManga

A Breath of Fresh Fun – Rocket League

“Vroom vroom!” was how I ended last week’s recap. But this week, THAT’S how I’m going to begin! To all the gamers out there, this is for you!

Alright, some of you may have heard about a video game called Rocket League, which came out recently in July. Yup, I know I’m a little late on this, but I’m also sure that there is the rest of you out there who has never heard of this game before! Still, better late than never right? Being one of the freshest video game ideas I’ve seen in recent months and even years, I just got to share it with you. So, let’s get into it!

What is Rocket League?

Rocket League is a multiplayer video game with a very interesting & creative concept. I think the best way to describe it is to say that it is every man’s fantasy (generalizing here!). Imagine the “what if”of taking soccer and cars – 2 of man’s most beloved things and mashing them up together. Put that mixture into the Psyonix “Oven of Creative Developers” and BOOM! Out comes Rocket League. Why is it a “boom” but not a “ding”, which would normally be the sound of an oven you ask? Because I had a blast playing this game. *DING!*

rocketleagueHow to play Rocket League?

The rules of Rocket League are pretty simple. It’s exactly like soccer. Just that instead of being Lionel Messi (that’s another game), you’re now controlling the coolest car you would ever own. Actually come to think about it, I don’t think there are any rules in Rocket League. The only rule is “Have fun.” Hahaha but of course, the game still plays a lot like soccer. In a match, players from around the world are pitted against each other as 2 opposing teams. The round begins with the gigantic soccer ball in the middle of the field, and ends with the players from one side pushing it into their opponent’s goal. Then, the next round begins and the cycle happens until the whole match ends. Just watch this video from the REACT channel and you’ll get it:

Why Rocket League?

Why consider playing play Rocket League (and potentially over another game)? Cause it’s simple, easy to get into! Unlike real soccer or driving, this game takes you like what, 30 minutes to get a hang of? And you’ll be pretty decent in skill and on your way to victory. But more than just being easy to get into, this game is also most importantly, easy to get out of. Well, at least for me. If you watched the video above, you would notice that every match is only 5 minutes long – maximum. Sometimes, if you enter a match that is already in play, it’s even lesser! So if you’re just looking for a short break, this is the game for you. I’ll talk more about that in the next point, but the obvious reason to try out Rocket League is that it’s a heck load of fun. No matter whether you play it with your friends or with strangers, you’ll experience the adrenaline of a Formula One race and the hype of a World Cup match. That is why, when the game was available for free during the month of October for PS+ Members in Asia, I immediately grabbed it off the Playstation store without hesitation. Oh, and the game has cool customizations for your cars too.

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When to play Rocket League?

You know those moments when you have too little time to do something productive, but too much time to waste on doing nothing? Yup, those are the times that Rocket League will help you to kill time in the most entertaining way possible. I find this so true while waiting, especially while waiting for a phone call, a message or a short video to render. You know it’s coming soon, but you aren’t sure it will be that soon. Maybe it will take another 5 minutes? Exactly. This isn’t a game like DotA for example, in which 1 game can take you up to at least 30 minutes or more to complete. This isn’t a game that you need to commit to for the next hour, making you unavailable to your world in that time span. If you have self-control (LOL), you can even get into Rocket League for awhile in the midst of studying for an exam, while waiting for a fast food delivery to your home, or simply when you want to have some fun that will not take too much time or energy out of you.

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Where to play Rocket League?

Currently, the game is available on PC and PS4, featuring cross-platform gameplay between both mediums. Though I must mention, there is no known ways yet for players from different platforms to communicate with one another and manually form parties to play together. I guess it just happens by chance during matchmaking. But I’m sure some sort of feature will be released soon! So as you can probably already tell, this game is mostly played at home because the PC and PS4 machines are well, usually at home. But there is an alternative for PS4 players that I know of. Sony has this feature called Remote Play on the PS4, PS Vita and some of their smartphones. Simply put, it allows you to stream your Playstation 4, wherever it is sitting at home, to your handheld device, allowing for the playing of certain games (like Rocket League) while you are in a remote location away from the console. Of course, for this to happen, it requires the PS4 to be constantly on and the handheld device to be connected to the Internet. Just check out this cool video below by CorridorDigital, which features a little bit of Remote Play:

Who to play Rocket League with?

Soccer fans and car enthusiasts, but better still, family and friends that you are close to, especially if you are all geeks for such things. That’s right, Rocket League features split-screen gameplay, otherwise known as “couch co-op” in recent terms. This is an awesome way to get together with your fellow geeks either online or face to face; so pick up the controller, mouse, keyboard, headphone, skills and whatever, enter the stadium, and have a ball of a time! But maybe… you should play “just 5 minutes more?”

p.s. Not convinced that this game is for geeks yet? Just check out this latest car pack in Rocket League. Well, it’s not bad being a geek, we know how to appreciate stuff like that more. LOL.