Do you like to play video games and talk about community issues?

Do you like to play video games and talk about community issues?

If so, then Josh Theno has just the thing for you.

Theno has launched a unique online talk show titled “Power-Up” in which he talks with community members while they are both playing video games.

The 30-minute sessions are live streamed on Twitch.TV/ninjaofsorts and edited down to about 10 minutes. The finished version is then posted on YouTube.

Theno is looking for community members who would like to participate on the show, which takes place in the office of his home in Leavenworth. There is no cost to participate.

“I will even provide the coffee,” he said.

Theno, a U.S. Army veteran, said the purpose of the show is to bring awareness to local issues while doing something he is good at.

“I play video games. That’s what I do,” he said. “My injuries have limited my ability to participate in a lot of community events. I found something I could compete in.”

Theno said he served for five years in the Army, including a deployment to Afghanistan. He said he has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder in his transition from military to civilian life.

Gaming has been an avenue of solace – and he’s good at it.

Theno said he held the world record in speed gaming in “Maximum Carnage” for six months before his record was broken in June.

This summer, he was invited to participate in Summer Games Done Quick, an international gaming event for charity for Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

At Summer Games Done Quick, held in June in Minnesota, gamers participate in what is referred to as “speed running” in which gamers play a video game as fast as they can until the game’s conclusion.

“I gained a little notoriety because of the world record and going to Summer Games Done Quick,” he said. “I wanted to use that to benefit my community.”

That was the genesis of the idea to create a live streaming community talk show while playing video games.

Theno said he is a motivational speaker and magician.

He said he performs at festivals, schools and clubs. One of his topics is about bullying.

“I use magic instead of power points,” he said.

For more information, email Theno at or call him at 816-674-0640.