Nintendo Switch Presentation

Thursday night Nintendo finally released new information about the Switch.

First off it will launch world wide 3/3/2017 for $299.99. Online services will include multiplayer and have a service that can link to smart devices. It will be free at launch and then add a subscription cost later. Also the system will not be region locked.

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The Professional Gamer - January 9, 2017

Hello, and welcome to another week of geek discussions with Jim, the Professional Gamer. I've had a fun week, picking up an older game again along with a new anime. So, lets talk about it.

Since Crystal got a Fantasy Life for Christmas, I've been playing again in order to share the experience with her. Also, in order to try out the multiplayer options. Unfortunately, we haven't had a chance to play together yet, so I don't have anything new to discuss, really. Hopefully, we'll get more of a chance to play together soon.

Next up, let's talk a bit about Konosuba. To be blunt, this series is trash. A hot mess of boobs, panty shots, and implied perversion. But, the comedic timing is decent and a few of the characters are interesting. I'm about half-way through the series at this point and will probably finish it due to the sunk cost fallacy. I'll come back with some additional comments once I finish the series.

That's all that I have for this week. See you next time and game on!

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Jim Arthurs

B.Sc. - Geological Engineering, Ph.D. - Geology, P.E. - Civil Engineering. Retaining Wall Designer. Lover of Nintendo, Graphic Novels, and RPGs. Gardener, Homebrewer, and television viewer.


The Professional Gamer - January 2, 2016

Hello and Happy New Year to my fellow geeks! I hope that you have all had a good holiday break and are ready to head back to work, school, or just continuing to laze about the house. I'm heading back to work tomorrow, but that still gives me some precious time in order to play a few more games, read more comics, or watch more anime. What have I been doing for the past few weeks? Lots!

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The Professional Gamer - December 19, 2016

Hi everyone! A short article this week due to some travel at the end of the week. I didn't have a lot of time to geek out this week, but I did get a chance to see this handsome guy:

I watched the latest episode of Yuri!! On Ice just a few minutes before sitting down to write, so I'm still processing the episode (especially the stinger). At this point, I anticipating that next week will be the last episode, which I'm thinking will be an early Christmas present to all of us fans.

That's all I have for now. I'm not sure that I'll have an article next week due to the holiday. See you next time! Game on!

The First Computer Programmer

One this day, in 1815, the world's first computer program was born. I am, of course, referring to August Ada King, Lady of Lovelace. I've written before about The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, a remarkable fictional take on the creation of the first computer. If you would like a briefer, non-fiction take on Ada Lovelace to commemorate her birthday, I recommend this video by Feminist Frequency. And if you are reading this, thank Lady Lovelace.

The Professional Gamer - December 5, 2016

Hello readers! Another week has gone by and I've spent some time with video games, anime, and reading. This week has also marked the first cold and snowy day of this winter that I've been able to stay at home and enjoy a fire. Now, what have exactly have I been up to this week? Read on to fine out.

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Blizzard Supports "Make a Wish" with a Fel Kitten

Every so often (probably more than I think), Blizzard comes up with a new pet that they sell in order to benefit charities. And this year they have created a new being of pure evil and chaos to fill your stocking with, Mischief the Fel Kitten. Now normally I would have probably been pretty lazy and just let this pass without writing about it, again. But this year I really like the way they are doing it. First you have the digital version of Mischief, which is pretty normal. But now their is also a plush version. So you can pick one for your character or one for the stocking, or both. Just keep in mind you only have until the end of the year to snag one.

Ah, I also can't forget the wonderful video Blizzard made to push this little cat. It calls back to my child in a way I think many of you will recognize.

The Professional Gamer - November 28, 2016

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. readers! I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday. For me, I always enjoy having the extra time to pursue my leisure activities, rather than being trapped in my typical routine. In addition, spending time with my family is always fun.

Yuri!! On Ice continues to be a lot of fun to watch every week when it is released. I don't have much else to discuss about it, but I continue to recommend the show.

In Elite: Dangerous, I have finally managed to purchase an Anaconda, one of the biggest ships available in the game. In fact, the largest that does not require earning rank with either the Empire or the Federation. Now, I'm working up money in order to better equip this vessel and then by some other vessel to play around. 

That's all I've got for now. Have a great week and game on!