The Professional Gamer - October 17, 2014

I spent almost all of my free time this week with the new shiny game.  And then, I found one of my guilty pleasures on Netflix.  That was most of my week, but to those paying attention to cultural happenings in our world of geekiness, there has been rather a large to do regarding video games.  I've been reluctant to put out my thoughts on the subject, since many other better writers and thinkers have already done so much, but this has come to a head in such a way that most of the reading time was spent on blogs and news sites rather than pleasure reading.  Please click through to read the rest of the article.

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In Review: "Proof - The Science of Booze"

Our relationship with alcohol goes back deep into our history as a species; many anthropologists speculate that the desire to create fermented beverages initiated the development of agriculture and the rise of civilization.  In his book Proof : The Science of Booze, author Adam Rogers examines our relationship with alcohol from several varied perspectives.  Domestication of yeast, developing the process of distillation, cultivation of fermentables, how we get drunk, and why we feel so bad the day after are all topics that Rogers examines in his book.

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How To Get Free Pumpkaboo


The mantra of the pokémon trainer has always been to catch them all. This is not always an easy task. Thankfully, every so often, Nintendo tosses us a bone. From now until the end of Halloween you can get a free Supersized Pumpkaboo if you have Pokémon X / Y. Just check for a gift online before launching your game.  

Once recieved you will be able to pick up your new friend on any Poké Center you come across. Enjoy!

The Gameslave Podcast - Dr. Ian Condry on the Soul of Anime

Another recording from NDK 2014. This one featuring Ian Condry on the Soul of Anime. Dr. Coundry is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT. He has done fieldwork research in Tokyo's anime studios which has included interviews with creators, merchandisers, and fans. His book, The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story (Experimental Futures), can be found on Amazon.

The Professional Gamer - September 26, 2014

Hello everyone! I've been hard at work preparing our interviews and panel recordings from NDK for your listening pleasure.  I hope that you have enjoyed them.  Despite how busy I've been working with those audio files, I've still managed to spend some time having fun.  Read on to see how I spent my precious time.

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