The Professional Gamer - June 24, 2019

Hi all. Very excited to be talking to you this week from what might be the first and last week of summer for Colorado this year. I’m joking of course, but this has been one of the coolest springs that’s happened in Colorado for many years. In the middle of last week we had some warm weather, up into the 80’s, and it felt like summer. Then, over the weekend, the daytime highs are limited to the 60’s with overnight lows going into the 40’s. This feels highly unusual! But, it means I’ve been super happy spending my time indoors writing a paper and playing some video games. As I write this post on Friday night, I’m planning to spend a good portion of tomorrow with my brother-in-law who will be moving away soon, and then spending the next day at Denver Zine Fest. I’ll have to let you know how that goes next week. Let’s get on with talking about how I spent my time this week.

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The Professional Gamer - June 17, 2019

Happy (belated) Father’s Day to all the dads out there. If you’re reading this post, I’m going to assume that you spent most of the day enjoying some video games with the kiddos. If not, I hope you found a way to enjoy the day in your own style. My only “child” is of the fuzzy variety, so I spent my day with my dad, father-in-law, and grandpa. During the rest of the week, I split my time up between Star Trek, Run with the Wind, and Breath of the Wild. All in all, it’s been a pretty good week, though I am still recovering from that time zone change. Let’s talk about some fun stuff.

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The Professional Gamer - September 7, 2018

Hi everyone! I've had several busy weeks in a row. August 25 and 26 was Fort Collins Comic Con, August 31 through September 2 was Nan Desu Kan, and then I was at Yosemite National Park for work from September 4 through 6. So, I haven't really had time to write for several weeks. Let's catch up on what I've been up to.

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The Professional Gamer - August 17, 2018

I've come to the end of another week, but feel like I haven't done very much for fun or for myself. I had some drama at work, not really related to me, just some stuff that's happened to other people around me. It affects me somewhat, in terms of my workload. The bigger issue is just feeling really bad about what happened, and I'm just emotionally drained. On top of working on some political stuff, I didn't have a lot of energy left for geeky activities. Let's talk about what I did do this week.

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The Professional Gamer - June 19, 2017

Hi everyone! I hope you all have had a good week and have enjoyed Chris's coverage of E3. I was excited to see lots of stuff that Nintendo has coming up for the next year. I didn't really thing that I was going to be interested in the Breath of the Wild downloadable content, but the "Trial of the Sword" actually looks very interesting. On the other hand, I have essentially no desire to try playing the game in Hard Mode; the game is already pretty hard. The Hero's Path seems like a bit of a gimmick, but might still be fun to use anyways. 

Super Mario Odyssey is looking like a fun game as well, and I've enjoyed watching Twitter joking about the how Mario takes over other people's bodies. Including joke about Mario taking over the body of an average business person on the street while they are talking to their spouse.

Last on my cool E3 news list is the announcement of Metroid Prime: 4. At this point, we don't know anything about the game, but I'm hopeful that returning to the Prime series will be a magnificent rebirth for the Metroid series. I heard such bad things about the most recent games, that I didn't even give them a chance. I'm hoping that things will be better for this game. In the end, I'm cautiously optimistic for this new game.

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

The Professional Gamer - June 5, 2017

Hi everyone! I don't have much to talk about on the geeky front this week, since I've been busy travelling again. My limits of video gaming in the past week has been a few minutes on Breath of the Wild and trying out the Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft. I've read a little more of A People's History of the United States, getting up to the early stages of the American Revolution. 

In non-geek news, I ran in the Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day and achieved my goal and a personal record of 49:30 for the 10km race. So, I'm very excited about that still and looking forward to pushing myself harder in running for the rest of the year. I'm thinking about running a marathon next year. Readers, have you recently had your hard work payoff? Tell us about it in the comments.

The Professional Gamer - May 15, 2017

Hi everyone! There still isn't a whole lot to report on my end. I've been running a lot this past week to get ready for the Bolder Boulder which will be coming up in a few weeks. This hasn't left me with a lot of time to very many geeky things. I've spent most of my evenings watching Crystal play Breath of the Wild and finishing Ouron High School Host Club. I'm not ready to start talking in depth about BotW yet, so let's talk about Ouron instead. Although the rest of the series is largely a clever satire of shoujo tropes, there are some problematic parts to the series. Let's take the points one at a time.


First, let me lay out some assumptions, since these things are not well defined within the series itself. Ryouji Fujioka's gender identity and sexual orientation are not explicitly defined in the anime; therefore, I will be assuming the Ryouji is a straight (or possibly bi) male identifying person who enjoys cross-dressing. Having gotten through that, other characters referring to him as a "tranny" is highly offensive. Even if "tranny" is the most straightforward translation of the Japanese used in series, the adaptation staff could have spent a few minutes to explore alternatives. Perhaps, "queen" or "drag queen". Maybe the intention was to show that although the Host Club is tolerant of Haruhi cross-dressing, they are not accepting of a man cross-dressing. But without a moment in the script of someone (especially Ryouji or Haruhi) pointing out that this is a slur, this comes off as both the original creators and the English adaptation staff condoning transphobic language and attitudes.

Poor Pacing in Late Series

After a leisurely pace in the middle of the series, taking full episodes to develop most of the members of the host club more fully, the end of the series is incredibly rushed, with a bunch of new characters, completely new plot lines, and character developments that come out of left field. This leads us to the last issue:

Poorly-defined Character Motivation

Kyoya and Tamaki's fathers are introduced in the final episodes. They are initially portrayed as very hard-nosed, thinking only of the family reputation and profitability of their companies. By the end of the final episode, however, they are joking about how they were actually nice guys after all. Eclair is a similar case. She's comes out of nowhere in order to cause trouble for Tamaki and the host club, with no real defined motivations. She seems to just enjoy jerking people around, but even this is not established as a trait that has some grounding in a personal history. Nope, she's just a jerk cause she likes to be a jerk.

I think I've talked enough about that at this point. Come back next week and see what I've been up to. Game on!